Blooming Where He Has Planted You

August 15, 2013

From the age of 5, I knew I wanted to be a missionary in Africa. I often told people that although I dearly loved my family, if God would provide a plane and told me to get on it…I’d do it. In. A. Heartbeat. However, our plans are not always His – and how thankful I am for that truth because His are always perfect! There are many examples I could give you but I’m going to pick the big one that happened in 2008.

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Steve and I were married in May of 2007 and it was wonderful. We had always known what our plan was – get married and the moment we had completed our first year of marriage, we’d have all the paperwork ready for the International Mission Board (side note – the IMB requires couples to be married one year before working through their organization). So, needless to say, in March of 2008 we had everything submitted and were really just waiting it out for approval, come our one year anniversary. But, the Lord started speaking to us individually and together. He began showing us that He wanted us to go through seminary first. We spent Spring Break that year (I was a school teacher) touring South Western Baptist Theological Seminary…of course, I knew it was just a tour – I already knew that we’d be in Africa VERY shortly! By the end of the tour, I was doubting our plans and wondering what His were. He was showing us that He wasn’t planting us in Africa – at least not yet – first, we’d be living in Fort Worth.

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When May came around, instead of waiting for that IMB approval, we were packing up our UHaul and heading to Ft Worth. We were excited but nervous too. There was no doubt it was where the Lord wanted us but we were moving without either of us having a job…it was a bit intimidating. The story of that summer will have to be saved for another time but know that He moved in ways of epic proportions in our tiny lives and provided for every single need through ways that He alone can be praised for. One thing that cannot go unmentioned are some of the greatest friends that we could have asked for…

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The biggest news of the summer would be in the form of a job teaching 4th grade at a brand new school…Judy Hajek Elementary in Burleson, TX. From my first interview, I had a peace and the moment I walked on campus, He just confirmed in my heart that this was His plan all along. The Lord used that campus, those teachers, and my students in ways that have forever impacted my life. I often told my principal, that while my heart knew it was called to Africa, if the Lord didn’t want me there yet, there was no place I’d rather be than inside that elementary school.

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I learned so much in the two years the Lord had us planted in Ft Worth. He used the ladies that I worked with to teach me about numerous things from growing in Him, being a better helpmate to Steve, using more effective teaching practices, and how to laugh…a LOT (because that is what we did and occasionally one of the only thing that got us through some tough days – right?!?!).

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My conclusion is that if you’re following Him – wherever He may lead…to a new job, a new town, a new state, wherever – you can’t help but BLOOM. He is the gardener and He provides for our every need. Growing is sometimes painful, often hard, and usually not in our plans but oh to grow and bloom where He has planted you, is ALWAYS a beautiful, beautiful thing.

 

nickoleeNickolee is married to her best friend, mom to the cutest toddler and is expecting a new bundle of joy this January. She desires above all else to demonstrate the grace, love, & forgiveness to others that has been shown to her through her Savior, Jesus Christ. Raised in Meridian, MS, her family now calls Tulear, Madagascar home.

Come over and visit our blog – On The Journey – to find out about God works all things for His glory – through marriage, children, ministry, mistakes, and life. She hopes that if you have any questions about Jesus or anything else that you’ll feel free to ask!

Amy August 15, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Hey I know Nickolee! Sort of! She is good friends with my college roommate Katie! Hey Nickolee! 🙂 praying for you and your sweet family!

Nickolee August 16, 2013 at 3:20 am

hi amy 🙂 yes we do know each other…sort of! HA! good to see you on here – thanks for commenting!

Charlotte Cearley August 17, 2013 at 6:01 am

What a wonderful God we serve! Our stories are so close – but our God guides each one of us so personally!! Thanks, Nickolee, for sharing your heart – and most of all your life with people who need to know HIM!

Marsha August 17, 2013 at 8:50 am

I remember those mission friends prayers and songs of your heart. No doubt you’ve always ‘bloomed where you were planted’. Your heart of servant hood in all things has always encouraged me! Love ya Nick!

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