When you are nearing the end of your schooling, I think there is an expectation that you are crazy excited to get to that long awaited graduation day. So what happens if you aren't? What happens if you are mostly terrified? What happens when "so what's your plan after graduation?" (AKA everyone's favorite question) can-NOT be answered with a simple "Oh, I got my dream job at my dream location and I start next week!" I just graduated. The thing that has taken up the majority of my time for the last 17 years is now over. So what now? Where do I go from here?

As I look back on just these last 2 years of nursing school, I can honestly say it has been the most rewarding, terrible, wonderful, challenging, most beautiful time of my life. Many tears have been shed, lots of laughs have been laughed, and countless prayers have been prayed. Despite having mixed emotions during this time of my life, one thing has never been clearer. The faithfulness of our Heavenly Father astounds me.

Matthew 6:33 says, "Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." This verse has been an encouragement to me in all those times of not feeling prepared for an exam, not getting that assignment done, or getting up for a presentation not having prepared anything to say. I have learned to seek the Lord first in ALL things and be obedient to Him and He has provided for me in ways I couldn't have even imagined. Having this trust in the Lord has caused me to see Jesus so much more clearly as my Father and that He desires for His kids to be successful.

Seek Jesus FIRST in every situation and be open to what He has for you. Keep your eyes on Him and He will provide the goals that He has put on your heart. And walk confidently in everything you do knowing with full confidence that you are there because Jesus led you there and He would love nothing more than for you to succeed.

"And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1:6)

Jesus started a good work in me by calling me to be a nurse. He has been nothing but faithful by practically working miracles to get me to this graduation day. How could I be silly enough to think His faithfulness ends with the closing of this chapter of my life? He led me through nursing school and I will bet my bottom dollar that He is going to continue to lead me on to the next great thing. Because His faithfulness is unending and He promised that He would carry what He started to completion. What a comforting thought that if we walk confidently and obediently into things God has called us into, He is going to be faithful and guide us completely!