There are two types of people in this world: those that accept change with an open heart, and those that fight it tooth and nail. I used to be the second type of person. I loved my routines and knowing what to expect during my day, but this year has been one big change for me, and the biggest is yet to come.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

The first big change was realizing that I needed to eat healthier and move more. I love food. I crave chocolate on a daily basis, and I can eat Mexican food every night of the week without getting tired of it, but just because I want to and can doesn’t make it good for me. I had to step back and really take an inventory of my food life. I began counting calories, and boy did it open my eyes to how much I was consuming in a day. Let’s just say it made me ashamed of myself. God showed me how to choose healthier food and smaller portions through research and my accountability partner. This change has definitely been good because I’ve lost weight and feel better.

I have had to change my teaching strategies as work because of a challenging student. I’ve really had to try and figure out what I can do and say to help this child follow the rules and not hurt anyone in the process.

But the biggest change happens in January. I will be leaving my teaching career to pursue an MBA with a focus in marketing. I am taking a huge leap of faith with this one. I know that it’s time for me to move on from my teaching career, but it’s hard to let go of something that I’m so used to doing. What will a day look like when I don’t have children looking up to me for answers and wisdom? I’m not sure, but I’m totally excited to find out.

I used to fear change and the unknown, but I know that God has my back, and He’s guiding my life for the better. I look forward to the new adventure January brings, and I’m starting to like change.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Janie Winsell

Janie Winsell

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, "plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”