As a little girl growing up in Montgomery, Alabama. I watched kid shows like, “The Babysitters club, The Mickey Mouse Club with Justin Timberlake, and the Nickelodeon show All That.” I knew then, I wanted to be a babysitter, singer, dancer and doctor. I remember my mom was bit by an ant and had a small red bump on her toe. I remember pretending I was Dr. Miller and my mom was my patient. I rub her toe with alcohol and placed a small band aid over the bump. At that very moment I knew one day, I could become a doctor. As I grew older into my teenage years, those thoughts of me wanting to be a babysitter, singer, dancer and doctor had changed.
After graduating high school, I started my freshmen year of college. I had my mind set on being a computer scientist. I didn’t really care for the major itself , I cared more about how much I could make in a year. After the 1st semester of college, I figured out that the money was nice in that field, but majoring in computer science was not for me.
After my first 2 years of college, I needed a break. Still not satisfied or feeling complete with what I was doing. On top of feeling incomplete, the guy I was dating, was steady breaking my heart. My break from college lasted longer than I had expected. I got pregnant in 2007 and had a beautiful little girl in 2008. I knew that every decision that I would make, would determine her future.
In 2009, I wanted to know more of who God was. I wanted my own relationship with him. I begin to pray and seek Him more. I started attending church every Sunday, bible study every Wednesday and was baptized October of 2010. I was baptized when I was younger around 7 or 8 but I didn’t understand why I was being baptized. Now that I was older God gave me the understanding and clarity about the water baptism. From there God showed me who I was in Him and I was able to discover my God given gifts. My life was changing before my eyes, the things I use to do, I no longer had a desire to do and my way of thinking had also changed.
I discovered my true identity, when I surrendered my life back to God. I was able to go back to school to complete my bachelor degree and my Masters. I didn’t settle for the identity the world would have labeled me, college dropout and single mother. I decided to settle for the identity my Heavenly Father gave me and beat the odds of being a single mother raising a beautiful little girl. Discovering my identity in Christ eliminated the fear of failure, doubt, and insecurities I once had.
2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”