Thursday, August 9, 2012

Life Changes

On August 14, 2012 my life is going to change in so many ways.
You see, Tuesday morning I will be moving to Ohio. 

This came about so quickly it has hardly had time to register.  Three weeks ago I received a call from a Christian Academy in Ohio.  Honestly, when I received the call I never expected that I would actually say yes.  However, I decided to take the trip over to Ohio to look at the school and church.  Upon my arrival the pastor showed me around the facilities.  I was highly impressed by all I saw.  However, I knew I would never make a decision based on simply what I saw I would have to meet the people of the church and school before I could make a decision.  Sunday morning as a walked into the church I was greeted by person after person- with great big hugs- which is totally against my Hoosier stiff personality.  As I sat in the church I simply began to pray and ask God, "Lord what will you have me to do?"  I had already made up my mind that I would do whatever God wanted me to do.  As I sat there it was as if God himself came down next to me wrapped His arms around and filled me with a deep peace that this is exactly where he wanted me to be.
There was something about that small Christian school and something about that small country church that simply put a fire deep inside me.  

Now, I sit here just a few days before leaving on a life changing adventure, so many different emotions have begun to take over me.  
First, I am filled with absolute excitement.  Because I know for sure without a doubt that Ohio is where God wants me to be.  Day after day God has showed me in a very real way that He is coming along with me.  I am so excited to put my teaching into use and actually stand before my own 4th and 6th grade students and touch the future through their little lives.  
Secondly, I am absolutely without a doubt scared to death.  I am terrified to be a first time teacher in a strange new place where I know no one.  I am scared to death to be out on my own for the first time in a strange small country town. 
Thirdly, I am sad.  There are so many things I will miss.  I will my family, friends, my church, and everything about my beautiful home town.  I will miss it all. And I know at times I will be homesick. Terribly homesick- Indiana is all I have known.
  Sometimes, all of these different emotions rise up and begin to rage within me.  Yet, every time I begin to doubt and wonder "will I make it?" a still small voice inside of me simply says, "Calm down Brooke...You won't be alone.. I am coming with you.  I love you and I will not leave you alone.  I called you to Ohio and I will provide." a few days from today I will embark on my adventure that I am fearful to make..however, I know that God wants me in that small country town in Ohio. 


  1. I love you so much Brooke and I know God will use you mightily in that country church in Ohio. Your presence will be missed deeply, but I will be happy to know that my sis followed God's will for her life and is faithfully serving Him. Great post!

  2. From the outside, it seems like God is just continuing to send you blessings. There is nothing that will make you grow more in your walk with Christ than moving to a place where you know no one. It will be hard at first, but you are right that you are not alone. I can't wait to hear more about it!!

  3. Wow Brooke! I hope everything goes well for you in Ohio... it sounds like God is working everything out for you, I will definitely be praying for you!

  4. Awe this took me back to not that long ago when I moved!! It is been scary, but believe me you will make new friends that will last forever!! It's an amazing new adventure your headed on and enjoy every minute, because before you know 3 yrs will have gone by and ull be wondering where in the world did time go!! And since your not that far, we may come see you sometime!! :) love you!!
    Tab :)

  5. It is so amazing the way God moment we have our life planned and think we know what we are doing and where we are heading and then He reminds us that He is in control and that His ways are so much higher and so much better than ours. I know that God is going to use you in Ohio and I know that the people you come in contact there will be better because of it. I will miss you so very much but at the same time I am so proud of you. I love you Brooke!

  6. Congratulations, Brooke!! That is so exciting...remember to put keep your focus on HIM and everything will fall right into place! So happy for you! You will do great :)

  7. Well Brooke, I am sorry you have to leave as the wedding approaches, but I know that God has great things in store for you and blessings beyond what you could imagine. I am praying for you and will miss you, but I know this is a great step and you will gain great experiences from this chapter in your life! May God richly bless you!