Sunsets. The Beach. The weather. The Arts. The Stars. Disneyland. Summer, all year long.
It sounds like The Dream, right? It is the dream. It happens to be my dream as well.
That’s right. I will be a California girl, soon. Claiming it in Jesus’ name! Because I am planning to move to Los Angeles in two years’ time. It sounds absurd, I know. Aw man, me? Denise? Living on her own in the United States? She’d been with her family her whole life! She couldn’t live without her family.
On the contrary, now I can. It’s because I’ve learned how to be independent for the time that I have lived here in Toronto. I’ve also been friends with international students who live here now in Canada. It made me think, ‘If they can do it, surely so can I.’
This decision didn’t happen overnight though. It took me a few weeks and a few days to really know what it is that God wants me to do. It made me realize, it might be time to move up and grow up. Maybe even be my own person and stretch my faith. Reach other people and let them hear The Word of the Lord to the nations and to the ends of the earth. But to be honest though, I really (and with emphasis on the REALLY) can not withstand winter in Canada, even though I’ve been here for 7 years now.
Even though that (winter in Canada) is one of the main reasons why I want to move to California, as I said, it has always been my dream to live in The City of Angels. Before coming to Canada, I was taking up nursing back in my home country, the Philippines. However, even if we already knew we will be ending up in Toronto because my parents applied for permanent residency there, my dream has always been to live in California as a nurse. My nursing career did not happen though because of circumstances, BUT I won’t let this dream of living in California come to pass this time. I am holding on to Jeremiah 29:11, which states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I know The Lord will help me realize this dream, and along with that I will do my best to serve Him all the days of my life.
I know this is just a plan. Proverbs 19:21 states “Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Even though I do not know if it will happen, I have faith that God will reveal to me in the process what He truly wants me to do. Maybe even it will take me longer than two years, who knows? I still have to research how to do it and give my utmost efforts to save up and execute the plan well. I will need connections, experience, practice my life skills, develop my attitude and strengthen my faith because moving there will not be easy. Nevertheless, I do not want to remain stagnant and not even try because I might regret it one day in my deathbed because I did not even give it a chance to reach for my dreams. But if it is God’s will that I will go there, I will do my best to answer His call for me.
I am motivated and ready to put this plan into action.
Los Angeles, yes, please wait for me.