Thus begins my journey of not only being on the show Next Great Baker, but getting on it in the first place.
To fully understand the story I am about to tell you, I think it would be beneficial to give you a little background information about my life:
I am double majoring in mass communications and business administration at a local community college in my area, Northeast State Community College. After getting my two associate degrees there, I plan to go to ETSU to get my bachelors. When we first sent in the application to get on the show I had just started my sophomore year and had a 3.9 GPA, which I thought was pretty good for averaging 18 credit hours a semester. I had received the lottery scholarship that Tennessee offers, the HOPE scholarship, and I would have had to have taken out student loans if I hadn't received it. Thank you, lottery ticket purchasers! :)
That wasn't too painful, was it?
As the fall semester ended, my fabulous mom, Julie Voudrie, and I started to realize that we actually had a chance of making it onto Next Great Baker Season 4. When we first sent in the application I was honestly thinking we wouldn't really have a shot, but "hey, why not!"
The Spring semester got closer and closer and I realized something: I would have to lose a semester of school in order to be on this show. And then reality really sank in and it got worse: I would have to choose whether or not to go to school in the Spring before I knew if I were even on the show or not. And THEN it got EVEN WORSE after looking into the classes I had left: Because, as I'm sure you college goers know all too well, some required courses are only offered in the Spring and my instructor would not have a justifiable reason to substitute the course unless I made it on the show. Because Northeast State Community College is only a 2-year school, I could end up an entire year behind before I even knew if we had made the final cut or not.
Let me repeat that again: I had to decide before I even knew if we had made it onto The Next Great Baker or not whether to go to school in the Spring, and, if we didn't make it on the show, I would end up an entire year behind.
Have you found the fault in my decision making process yet? It took me a little while before I did myself:
"I, I, I,"... "Me, Me, Me,"
I left Him out.
I got so busy worrying about which direction I would take, what would be best for me, and trying to foresee the outcomes of each decision myself that I had completely forgotten to stop and remember something:
My life is not my own.
"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20a
When I became a Christian and accepted the prceious gift of ultimate forgiveness, grace, and mercy that Christ bought for me on the cross I surrendered my heart to God. I dedicated my life - which I only have because He gave it to me in the first place - to serve Him and do His will. I mean if the Creator of the entire universe - Someone so incredibly brilliant that They could come up with every minute detail that is our universe in a mere 7 days - promises that He has a plan (which, by the way, will be amazing) for my individual life, wouldn't I be stupid not to follow it??
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future," Jeremiah 29:11
So I gave up.
I asked, or really more like begged, God to take away the burden of my future from me. I told Him to do whatever He wanted with it and to give me the strength and faith I currently lacked to follow Him.
After much prayer and seeking God I honestly felt like He not only wanted us on the Next Great Baker, but that He was going to make it happen.
You would think that after making the decision to only take one online class (so I wouldn't lose my much needed scholarship), to risk being an entire year behind in school, not work on planning my wedding, and to start spending most of my spare time practicing my cake decorating skills that I would probably be anxious or nervous or worried, right? But I wasn't!
I had complete peace in the midst of the storm. It was almost like God was patting me on the back and assuring me I had made the right decision.
I hope that if you are struggling with "giving in" to God's plan for your life that this will have inspired you to submit to His will. Also I hope it helps you see that God's plan for your life is going to be more amazing and wonderful than anything you can come up with yourself!!
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