Wow, what a crazy Independent Learning Project this has been! It has taken me so far and allowed me to see and understand so much more than I could have ever hoped for! I was able to create and present a sermon to my congregation and bring so many people towards God! I am truly blessed to have been able to have this experience (:
At first I thought this would be an easy project. Not tough, just doing what I usually do anyways, read through the Bible with my dad and get closer to Jesus. Well let me say that God put a lot on me throughout the course of this project, and has made me step up a lot! I truly believe that He knew I was strengthening the relationship, and therefore able to handle and take on more. It says in the good Book that He will never give us more than we can handle. I do believe this, but I also believe that it is tested quite a bit, to make sure that we stay strong in our faith. There were times when it was hard to stay motivated and on-top of this whole thing! I took 6 classes this semester, one being an art class where I have made over 30 works of art; one being O & P where I have to get 100+ hours in a classroom on top of writing papers and forums! Nothing has come easy this semester and I have truly contemplated a lot throughout it all. I love that I did complete this independent learning project because it brought me closer to God, and closer to my father.
I have been asked quite often since my sermon if I have thought about doing more and/or possible thinking about seminary school or something along that line. At first I thought “No Way! I’ve put so much time and effort into where I am now that I could never redirect!” But to be honest, now I think about it a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the idea and still have the passion to become a teacher, but I also feel a strong pull to become more than a teacher. I think I told you all that I went on a mission trip to Romania while still in high school, and have wanted to go again ever since! It is something I will be thinking a lot about here in the very near future!
I’m not sure what God has in store for me just yet, but I know it is something wonderful and big! I can honestly say that this independent learning project has been a huge part of my life and made a bigger impact than I thought it could!