|Sara at her Graduation after receiving her Mercy Ring!|
While at Mercy, I learned how to manage all of those stresses without hurting myself in the process. When I graduated from the program back in February, I felt very prepared to tackle this thing called life. Little did I realize, though, how much Mercy truly had taught me!
Just a few weeks ago I was pulled into my supervisor’s office at work and told that I had displayed such patience, self-control in stressful times, and joy in my work life, that they wanted to promote me all the way up to the lead Residential Instructor position! I had only been there four months when this happened. If you had known me way back before Mercy (and even at the beginning of my stay at Mercy), I was not the most patient person, nor joyful—and I had no self-control to speak of. But now, when people look at me, they see the new me! It is an amazing feeling!
There are days where it is hard to walk in freedom, but I never let myself stray away. God has His hand on me. I have had to pace back and forth in my room speaking out truth, but I have never given in to the old lies of Satan that tell me that I am not good enough, not pretty enough, or not smart enough to do what I want to do in life. Its been a journey, that’s for sure—one in which I am far from finishing, but I am prepared for what lies ahead.
Only 15 months ago, I walked into the doors of Mercy—head low, hopeless, and defeated. But six months ago, I walked out with my ring and plaque, full of confidence, hope, and my held high. I now walk in a new peace, knowing I am loved. Today I smile because I am free and free indeed!