Sometimes I still feel down about myself, but as the new year starts, I am not going to give into negativity. I have accomplished some good things in my life.
In 1997, I drove all the way from North Dakota to North Carolina and found my first teaching job after graduation. This was before the days of cell phones and GPS. I had a AAA map and my husband’s gun. Most likely I would have shot myself in the foot like Barney Fife, but he made me take it. I didn’t get lost either : )
Then, I did a Proverbs 31 and bought a house by myself. “She considers a field and buys it…”
According to the beginning of my life, the odds were against me. I was born to a single teenage mom from a “not so well off” family. I also married very young before completing college. A lot of people who do that don’t end up graduating, but I did (even got a Master’s too).
I did much better than I expected on preparing sermons and even got A’s preaching them. OK, so that’s not a major accomplishment. Lots of people can do that, but it was a huge confidence builder for me. As I think of a year ago I believe the Lord knew I would need that to face what I went through then. I would have never thought I would be able to face a college president and stand my ground. Heck, I went through 12 years of school never going to the principal.
New confidence continues for a new year. If there are some who don’t like it, they can kiss my ….