we’re half way through savannah’s junior year at UGA. she’s in a cute little rented home. she buys her own groceries and drinks coffee like an adult. wardrobes have changed a little bit. talks about the future, jobs & careers, are beginning.
savannah has been an independent soul and always seemed much older than her actual age. i’ve shared here before about when her daddy passed away. she was a ten year old in the body of a three & a half year old. we never had to ask if she was caught up on school responsibilities. we never have to ask if she’s planned & thought thoroughly through any decision. whether it’s about finances or how she’ll spend spring break, where she’ll go to college or who her friends are, we always have trusted her wisdom in decision making.
summer of her freshman year at college, she spent her summer interning with our church. she spent the summer with middle schoolers, planned events, studied scripture, taught & loved on refugee kiddos on wednesday evenings. her leaders told me she was amazing. a few times i tagged along, with camera in hand, to capture her doing what she does well.
summer of her sophmore year she spent the entire summer in an intense discipleship/leadership program. the kids were given the opportunity to choose through a handful of jobs as they would work full time during the day & then have their training & study time at night. smart kids working servant type jobs.
i remember telling dan my concerns. she’s a super smart girl. straight A’s…even knocking down a 4.0 in the honors program at Georgia- a very competitive school. i’ll never forget our conversation upstairs one evening. i expressed my concerns that “bright successful college kids with grades & leadership qualities like her are all applying for corporate internships. what if she waits too long & misses opportunities….what if….well….”. honestly i’m too embarrassed to tell you the rest of what i said. something about her making no money was involved.
dan said the following & i’ll never forget it. “paige. i realize she’s in the terry business college and that she’s a marketing major. but right now she’s majoring in jesus. and she’s gonna be fine”.
now hear me. please hear me clearly. i FULLY believe there is NO greater joy than knowing my children love jesus. no greater joy.but i’m just a real person. and sure ‘nuf, i have faulty thinking. i’m just a real person who likes to think big picture-wise. wanting my children to grow up and use gifts and talents the lord has given them. wanting them to walk in him. but i’d be lying if i told you i wasn’t concerned about their financial future.
savannah has wisely & prayerfully chosen how she has spent her summers. i fully believe she’s been exactly where He wanted her, molding her for exactly who He wants her to continue to be & who she’ll become. she has learned to serve. she has learned how to make wise future focused decisions. He has helped her find favor with her leaders-which has been exactly my prayer for her.
earlier this fall she began the process of applying to corporate Chick-fil-A for an undergrad internship in their marketing department. it’s an arduous process. hundreds of college kids apply for less than a handful of spots. the tuesday before thanksgiving she spent about eight hours in six interviews that entire day.
last night she received the call was offered the job!! paid internship that will begin this summer. in atlanta! ( thank you lord). it’s a big deal. i could not be any more excited for her than i am right now.
and the cool thing is, whether she spent another summer serving or spent it working in her “field” i know that i know that i know He has her exactly where He wants her to be. He always has.
congratulations sweet girl!! mom & dad love you so and love watching you shine, whether you’re in a long cotton skirt sitting outside on a hot dirty day loving on & serving kiddos or wearing that new conservative business suit working for a company known for excellence and service. congratulations!!!