Redeeming The Time

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**This post was originally written 4/14/16 and edited on 9/14/16. Since I needed some practice writing for other people to read I decided (with the help of my Mom) to start journaling as if I was writing for my blog. This “journal” was cleverly titled a blournal—a combination of the words blog and journal.**

In April of this year I was presented with an opportunity to follow where I believed God was leading me; to start this blog and eventually sell some of my pictures online…

I still struggle with making the best use of time, but each day I try to manage it better. I’m constantly reminded that God’s grace has no end and His love for us endures forever.

I graduated high school in May of 2015 then attended a community college that fall. Due to some very strong differing opinions and discovering what my true goals were for my future I decided that it would be better to not go back. I was originally going to look for a job after convention season but I was presented with the opportunity to babysit and then child sit for a wedding in June, so I was going to start looking for a job on Tuesday.  But as of Monday I was presented with an amazing opportunity that most people my age never get to experience.

I’m able to take a year and really dive into my dream and take HUGE steps to actually make it become a reality.

God answered some really big prayers recently and I’m very thankful. I was praying that I would have direction on where to go for a job and where to apply. On Sunday after lunch with a friend; one of the places that I kept trying to avoid working at actually seemed like a really good idea. I felt a sort of peace with the idea of working outside the home.

Then Monday I was presented with the idea to not work an official job (We do some side jobs for neighbors that pay some) and really dive into my dream of turning this blournal into reality and opening a small online store I was hesitant. The last time we attempted something of this nature I totally bombed it! I didn’t put effort into it and was basically of the belief that my parents were ruining my social life that really didn’t exist at the time.

But after some prayer and thought I realized that I would be really stupid to not jump at this opportunity. I don’t know of many 19 year olds that don’t have to get a job and that can work solely on making their dreams a reality. So, I took it.

My goal now is to redeem this year that God has given me. To make the most of it.  Continually learning and growing as a Daughter of God , as a photographer and writer. I’m hoping and praying that I’ll be able to use the time that God has given me with wisdom “…redeeming the time because the days are evil.”

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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