Saturday, August 18, 2018

Looking into the Future.



As every high senior or recent graduate can probably relate, I've got the "so what's happening next?" question about 92,745.3 times. (Not that I'm counting.) And, because I don't have a very good answer, I've given half a dozen different responses.

But in recent weeks, the answer to those questions (both the ones asked of me by others, and the ones asked by me of God) have became more clear. Not definite, but possible. And I currently have a slight idea of what my life will look like for the next few years, which is very encouraging to me.

Today, I'm going to give y'all an insider glimpse into my plans for the future...

Writing 

Even before those last, bittersweet months of high school, I knew that writing wasn't something I would be giving up with the receiving of a diploma. Although 'author' or 'writer' was never (read: N.E.V.E.R.) on my list of possible careers, it's became a dream of mine.

And it seems to be the only thing I have total peace pursuing at this time. For now, that means writing the story God lays on my heart, indie authoring, and looking into pursuing traditional publishing.

Will I still be cranking out books 10 years from now? I don't know, but that's okay. I'll have the answers when I need them, not when I want them. 

College 

When I tell people that I'm not going to college this month, a second question usually follows. Namely, whether I'm going at all. And I honestly don't know the answer to that right now. I think so. I want to, next year. But I'm not sure yet.

I want to pursue American Sign Language interpreting and become a licensed interpreter. Theoretically, I could be licensed by the time I'm 21, if I start next fall. But as I said, I'm not 100% sure that this is what God wants yet. 

So I'm taking a third year of ASL this fall, looking into interpreting license requirements, and waiting for a definite yes or no from the Man upstairs.

Will I ever go to college and get a degree? I don't know, but I have an idea of where I'm headed. And for now, that is enough. 



Bible

Over the past year and a half some radical changes have taken place in my walk with God. I crave time spent in the Word. I pray more, deeper, and better. And mostly, I'm content. I'm not freaking out of what the future may or may not hold. I know He holds the pen to my life story in His loving hands. He loves me unconditionally and has a beautiful plan. Who am I to doubt that? 

Will I ever have an answer to some of the questions I ask? I don't know, but He is enough. He is my answer. <3


Love

Recently, God has been teaching me a lot about love. (No, not just guy-girl love. Contrary to popular belief, I'm not ready for marriage. xD) About what love is, and about what it isn't. About how I should love Him and others. 1 Corinthians 13 type love.

It's my heart's desire to shine a light, to touch people, to show them His goodness and point the way to the one who loves them no matter what they've done.

I want to love deeply and boldly. I want to love the unlovable and show them grace. I want to love like He loves.

Will I make a difference in the world? Influence lives? I don't know, but I'll follow Him and leave the outcome in His hands. 




Let's talk. <3 When you look into your own future—for this year or next year or 2056—what do you see? 

On another note, I realized I never did a post about the missions trip back in June. Anyone interested in that? xD

16 comments:

  1. I'm so glad that Gods plan for your future has become more clear to you. You are going to do a lot of good things, my friend! God is already using you through your blogs to shine His light. Keep shining, and I will be praying for you that God will open and close the right doors.
    My "future" plan is still blurry for me. I'm not sure what Gods got on His blueprint yet, but I do know that he will lead me and guide me through whatever that next step may be! Great post, Faith! <3
    -Brooklyne

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    1. Awww, your comment is so sweet, Brooklyne! Thank you. <3
      I've been there, girl. Keep clinging to Him and seeking His will. He's got great plans for you. Praying for you! <3

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  2. <3 Beautiful post, and so true, all of it. I'm so happy for you that you've been feeling peace about it. <3
    I was recently struggling with the feeling that my life doesn't seem to be moving anywhere, but God's been teaching me about contentment and how His plan is greater even if it seems like it takes a while. :)
    <3

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    1. Thank you, dear. *hugs*
      Contentment is a lovely lesson to learn, though difficult. It seems to go hand in hand with trust. You're in my prayers. <3

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  3. I’m sure that God has great plans for you, Faith. Just kept letting Him lead you like you have been doing.
    Sign language is so cool to me.... personally I only know a few signs but it’s really cool to watch and it’s a beautiful way of communicating.
    Love, it’s something so often spoken about that we often forget how important it really is.
    Anyways, thanks for sharing this... about how God has been working in your life. <3

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    1. Sign language is a really beautiful language!
      Yes, I absolutely agree. It's such an overused word too. We pass it around like a catch phrase, instead of treating it as something sacred.
      Thanks for the encouragement, Sarah. <3

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  4. Great post, and I am interested in the mission trip post! I am glad you are getting clarity, and following God. ☺

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  5. Doing a mission trip is one of my dreams. I want to live with purpose. I love your post.

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  6. Hello FAITH. I am a Pastor from Mumbai, India. I am glad to stop by your profile on the logger and the blogger and the blog post. While going through "Looking in to the future" was a blessing. I am also blessed and feel privileged and honoured to get connected with you as well as know you and about your interest in Godly things. I love getting connected with the people of God around the globe to be encouraged, strengthened and praying for one another. I have been in the Pastoral ministry for last 39 yrs in this great city of Mumbai a city with a great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We also encourage young and the adults from the west to come to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. We would love to have you come with your friends to work with us during your vacation time. I am sure you w ill have a life changing experience. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. God's richest blessings on you, your family and friends. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede.

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  7. I really enjoyed this, Faith!! <3 <3 The future can definitely be a bit scary to think about, especially when you aren’t sure what you want to do. But it sounds like you definitely have some ideas and that’s wonderful that they are becoming clearer. <3
    This was encouraging to read. When I look into my own future I’m not exactly sure what I see. I know what I want, but not quite sure yet if it’s just what I want or if it’s what God want too. :)
    I’d enjoy seeing your post about the missions trip! :) <3

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed, Rebekah! Thank you so much. <33
      I understand the feeling! Praying that He will bless you with direction, guidance, and peace for the journey. <3
      Okiedoke! :)

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  8. I'm so glad that Gods plan for your future has become more clear to you. And that now you only need to prosper it and continue to be a blessing to others.

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