To say that we are proud of "our girl," would be an understatement, not only for the beautiful person she is, but because she will be our family's first college graduate!!!
We are also very pleased with the vocation/career she has chosen in Social Services, as she is committed to helping people in need and at risk, which seems a goodt fit for her.
Nicole has always had a heart for and a commitment to those in need and who are different than her. She has no prejudices against anyone, and her authenticity, sense of humor, intelligence, inner strength and wisdom are all attributes that will serve her well in her vocation/career and more importantly throughout her lifetime.
I have learned a great deal from my grand-daughter - I have enjoyed watching her grow into the down-to-earth, no nonsense young woman I love and admire, and I have also thanked God that she is a woman of substance rather than image. She is loyal, trustworthy, honest and committed to accepting othersas they are, without judgment or condemnation, and she knows how to relate to people and her silly, playful spirit is delightful and contagious!
As I think of Nicole stepping out of her comfort zone to make the trip to Bangalore, India, I imagine Jesus, God in the flesh, entering our world for our good - to save and seal us eternally by His sacrificial love, and I can only imagine how God is going to continue to equip and guide Nicole, as she is willing to make a commitment to helping and serving others. I believe that she has been touched by the love of God, and I also know that if she is going to sustain a vocation in Social Services, she will need the "divine love" of God rooted down deep in her heart - and such a good heart it is!!!
I have prayed since the day I found out that I was pregnant with our first child that our children and grandchildren would be "instruments of God's love in this world," and I rejoice in the knowledge that my prayers are being answered within our family - a family "commited to love." We are not perfect, we make mistakes, we fumble and fail, but one thing is without question, we are commited to loving one another and others - each in our own, unique way, but nevertheless it is a family commitment.
Our example of true love is God's commitment of love for us, and we hold fast to this reality in all circumstances. "Divine love is a demonstration of God's commitment to our greatest good. It's like the ocean's tide. You can stand on the shore and say, "I don't believe in waves," but that doesn't stop them from coming. Likewise, nothing you do or feel will stop the Father's love from washing over you." -Charles Stanley
Committed to Love,
Angie "a mom like you"