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Advent Devotional – Thursday, December 5, 2019 – Dreams Interrupted

Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

In my sophomore year in college, I received an ROTC Nurse’s Scholarship. I was elated at the thought of having a great career, a chance to travel and carry on a family military tradition. Yet my plan was not what God had in mind.

With the added demands of ROTC, my first year of Nursing School was extremely stressful. By the following December, I couldn’t do it anymore and was forced to make some big decisions. Over Christmas break, I heard a “still, small voice” say “Go back, no questions, trust me.” Despite discouragement from family, I headed back to campus.

As I explored different professions, I found a major that seemed to be a match—Rehabilitation Counseling. The idea of helping people with disabilities become employed intrigued me. Within 3 years I had my master’s degree. Flash forward 25 years: I’ve lost count of the number of students and adults I’ve had the privilege to serve!

Isn’t it just like God to use broken dreams to re-awaken our spirits? Only after our struggles, can we be open to fulfilling His purpose for our lives.

Prayer: God of us all, we thank you for awe-inspiring insight. Like that bright, shining star in the East, remind us of the gifts You’ve bestowed on us so we can further enhance Your Kingdom on Earth. O, come, O come Emmanuel. Amen.

  – Kelly Desclos-Estes – Montross, VA

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