Congratulations, Graduates!

Between my husband and myself, we have had FIVE cousins graduate this spring!  I didn’t even realize most of them were graduating until it was basically happening.  (That’s quite terrible of me, I know.)  Anyway, this isn’t about me, but about these incredibly smart people who are going forward and entering adulthood.  Granted, one of them was graduating with his Associate’s Degree, but he is transfering to a four-year university to finish up getting his Bachelor’s Degree.  I thought I might recognize these folks because it is a great thing to graduate high school (or college) and move on to a whole new world.  I will start with Robbie, then move on to Allie, Lindsey, Gaby, and finish up with Nathaniel.

Robbie:  This is one of Nic’s cousins.  He is also the only college grad in the group.  He is going to complete his degree in some sort of computer science program here in Arkansas.  I am not entirely sure where he wants to work, but computers are pretty much beyond me 99% of the time.  So I find his choice of degree to be quite impressive.  He is a smart guy.  He also holds down a part-time job, which can be difficult when taking college classes, especially when those classes involve any math, science, or technology more advanced than a #2 pencil.  Great job, Robbie, and God bless you as you continue your education.

Allie:  She is also Nic’s cousin.  (To keep this simple, Nathaniel is my only cousin in this bunch.)  She graduated from being home schooled her senior year.  She had spent time in several different types of schools over the years because of family moves.  She is a quiet, polite, smart, good Christian girl, who is going to start college in the fall, majoring in accounting.  (Nic’s family happens to be good with numbers and technical stuff.)  However, she does have strong interests in writing, so much so that she plans on minoring in English.  😀  She graduated with great marks, even earned a scholarship, and has very bright future ahead of her.  God bless you, Allie, as you start your college career.

Lindsey:  Lindsey also graduated from being home schooled.  In fact, Allie and Lindsey’s mamas put together a special graduation celebration for them that occured yesterday.  (It was very well done!  Go Dana and Andrea!)  She also had good marks.  She has decided after much prayer, thoughts, and talking with her parents to not go to college, but to start a home-based business, instead, with her mama, making homemade soaps, lotions, and other bath goodies, along with some baked goodies, too.  They have recently begun selling chocolate gravy mix.  She also writes a blog (among other things) and helps out with chores around the house and helps with babysitting duties and spends time with her two younger sisters (one is much younger).  God bless you, too, Lindsey, with all your future plans.

Gaby:  Gaby graduated from high school a couple of nights ago.  She lives in another state, so we don’t get to see her very often.  However, she also did well in her classes, and I know she’s got big plans, too.  Just like everyone in this little list, she is a good Christian.  I’m not sure what all she is planning on doing since she’s graduated, but I pray God’s blessings on her, too.

Nathaniel:  Now, to my cousin.  He graduated this weekend as well with honors.  He has done very well in school, and he plans on continuing that success in the Marines.  He will very soon be heading to California for boot camp, from which he should graduate in September.  He has already been spending time volunteering at the Marine base near his home and has made a good impression on the men there.  Nathaniel, God bless you and keep you safe wherever in this world your future takes you.

Congratulations to each and every graduate out there!  You have worked hard, earned your diplomas and degrees, and are ready to take the next step.  I just hope that each of you, if you have not already, will consider the future beyond this world.  There is one out there, and it has only two options:  Heaven or Hell.  There is no waiting ground for you to hang out in after death as you finish making your decision.  You die, and you’re in one place or the other.  Now is the time to decide.  Now is all the time you are guaranteed.  I saw on the news recently how a young man graduated from high school on Friday night, and on Saturday night was shot and killed, seemingly at random.  He was at the wrong place at the wrong time.  This may seem a weird way to wrap up a post congratulating the graduates in my family, but I know that each of them have made a profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  I have all the evidence I can have that their futures are secure in God and Heaven.  You, however, may not have that security.  I pray that this little post will touch your heart, not by my great writing talents, but by God’s Holy Spirit.  Jesus paid for your sins, the ball is in your court now.  Don’t drop it.

P.S.  It was brought to my attention by my sister that I had yet another cousin graduate high school this year.  Her name is Stephanie, and I am pretty sure she received her diploma in December, which would be why I forgot her.  (That’s no excuse, though.)  I’m not sure what she has planned, but I think she is holding off on college for now, though I could be wrong.  Congratulations, Steph, and may God bless you as well!

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