The 20 Year Old Chronicles

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Time passes you by when you’re busy and I must say 20 years have flew by me. It’s not only a blessing to turn another year but it’s shocking to me. I am no longer a teenager and life is forcing me to grow up. I am still dealing with the same problems I was dealing with when I was 19 just a bit more added on. It’s finals time and when you want good grades you have to put in the work. College is not easy but I suppose when I receive my degree it will all be worth it. I am still in the process of preparing for my study abroad journey to New Zealand but the pressure has been turned all the way up. I am encountering more problems than I would have imagined with my tuition and being able to cover my expenses. What I will say is if you plan on studying abroad do all of your research and preparation ahead of time so that you can reduce the amount of stress the process can bring. I won’t sit here and make myself feel bad about not being as prepared as I should have but I will say this is a learning experience. In tough situations when you need that extra support from friends and family you see who stays true to their word and it ends up being less than half of the people who let their mouth write a check that their a** couldn’t cash. I’ve come to realize that people talk because it sounds good and that you really can’t depend on anyone but the people who have always come through for you. Life will never be stress free but a little burden will be lifted after my exams on Tuesday, when I can finally say I completed my Sophomore year of college. I’ll be getting on a plane for the first time this weekend and I’m excited but scared at the same time. I’m excited because I’ve prepared all semester for this trip to El Paso, Texas to learn more about immigration/border experiences and I am so close to being there. I’m scared because I don’t know what to expect and I think I might be the most paranoid person walking the earth. I know I will be in good hands and I always keep my faith God. I have learned from my own experiences that even when you have a lot of stressful things going on in life there is always a ton of good things that can outweigh it. It all boils down to what you chose to focus on and how you chose to perceive it and let it affect you. We will always encounter situations that try to keep us at a standstill but through faith and motivation we can get through it and move on. What’s meant to be will always be.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7

“For I know the plans I have for you,”declares the Lord”, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

God created every one of us to be successful. Before the foundation of the world, He laid out an exact plan for our life. And in this plan, He has marked moments that are going to come across our paths. These moments are not ordinary. They are destiny-altering moments. They are designed to thrust you years ahead. It says in Ecclesiastes that “time and chance come together for every person.” That means you’ll have opportunities to meet the right people, opportunities to advance in your career, opportunities to fulfill your dreams.

God has already pre-arranged times of increase and blessing. You may not be seeing a lot of good breaks right now, but let me encourage you; there are seasons of favor and seasons of increase marked for your future. There are God-ordained moments planned out for you. Don’t miss these moments! Don’t stop believing, and don’t get distracted by what’s going on in the world around you. Focus on removing the clutter from your life so that you can hear the still, small voice. Approach today with an attitude of faith and expectancy. As you do, you’ll embrace the God-ordained moments that are ordered for you!

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God bless and stay humble, here’s a little motivation for the day:

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