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Hey friends! Long time, no… read!

Today is a very exciting day because it is the launch of this new season of Grace Nation Ministries! We have a lot of cool and exciting things happening in the upcoming months with all the different departments here at GNM! During the break, Victor expanded this ministry by adding new people to our teams including theology and blogging! With that being said, I would like you all to meet a new member to our staff, Britney O’Hara! She has a lot of crazy powerful things to say within the next couple months, so keep an eye out for her posts every other week 😉
She put together this introduction so please continue to read and get to know our newest member to the GNM blogging team!

My Life Now

During this season of my life, I’m a student at Trinity College of Florida studying to become an Elementary school teacher. It has been a wonderful experience for me (being a student at a Bible college), full of some challenges and difficulties, but never for a moment have I doubted that this is exactly where God wants me for now. I can say this with confidence because of the peace that has always been present since moving (I will give more details later regarding this in the blog). As well as the fact that the Lord has continuously placed many influential people in my life since being here, people who have helped me grow in many ways and who have made this place home in my heart.
While at Trinity, I have received the deeper theological education which I had definitely been eagerly anticipating, found a church home that really in truth found me and has become like family, and been placed in positions of leadership that I never could’ve imagined having. Regarding church, I can’t stress enough how important it is for someone who desires to follow Christ and to live for him to find a healthy, Christ-centered church to get plugged into. There are so many blessings that come into play when you obey the call of God to do life together as believers. Being fed well spiritually, having accountability, and learning how to better live out your faith as a community are just a few of the benefits that I have seen in my own life and those around me who have committed to a church family. It’s a must!
As I enter into this new semester in college, I have many responsibilities that I look forward to fulfilling..knowing that when we do all for the glory of God, nothing that we accomplish is in vain and the Lord gives us strength to persevere (especially when it gets hard.) I serve as an RA in the girls dorm with one of my good friends, I’m the Treasurer of SGA at school, and this semester I am taking 21 credits..so needless to say I am going to have to make sure my time management is on point. 🙂

My Background

I spent most of my life in Eastern North Carolina. Raised in a Christian home, I have been going to church for as long as I can remember. Jesus has been a huge part of my life ever since I saw his love for me on the cross, realized that he died for my sins, and placed my faith and trust in him at a young age. My parents sent me to a Christian school from middle school on through high school, and that is where I developed a deep sense of appreciation for Biblical education. Later I realized that I wanted to pursue that calling, reaching the next generation with the truth of the gospel and the impact that it has on our lives.

Growing up, I have always been a family girl, and I still am very close to my parents and brothers. God has blessed me with an extremely close friendship with Micah, my brother who is closest to me in age. He is in college now at Regent University in VA Beach…it’s been so weird having him so far away. My parents and youngest brother are now in the panhandle of FL, they moved down the summer before I started school at Trinity. To be honest NC will always hold a very special place in my heart. It has not been an easy thing to walk through, leaving the place you call home. But it has taught me how ..as Ecclesiastes explains..there is a season for all things in life…in a way that I never would’ve grasped staying put. Letting go has always been a hard thing for me to do, but I can see how God works in seasons now more than ever, and I have really seen and can say with confidence that change is good because it is the soil that faith grows in. Despite how hard it was for me to leave the people and place I loved so dearly in North Carolina, experiencing the peace of God once I was at Trinity and growing the ways that I have since being there have convinced me that God cares in greater ways than I could ever imagine and I can always trust him. As C.S. Lewis says, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

My Calling

As I have mentioned a couple times already, I strongly believe that God has called me to work within the sphere of Christian education. Honestly, I wasn’t always so sure. There was even a time when I was going to school to become a Radiographer, but faithfully God redirected my path just in time. I believe that our greatest calling in life is to love the Lord our God and glorify him with our lives. The details of how that happens can seem so difficult to figure out, but what I have learned from experience is that God won’t allow you to continue down a path that wasn’t designed for you if you are abiding in him and placing your trust in his control over all things.

I am excited to continue growing in the Lord and pursuing his plan for my life. That is one of the reasons why I am so excited to be a part of this team at Grace Nation Ministry as one of the bloggers! I hope that you enjoy my blogs as I plan to write on the different things that God places on my heart that I have been grappling through with him. Until next time!

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