The 406– My first month in Montana

Over a month ago, I moved over 2,000 miles away from home. I can’t tell you how many times I heard the words “you’re crazy!” when I told people about my plans to move west. Maybe I was crazy, but after spending my first month here in Kalispell, Montana I can tell you that it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

If you haven’t made a visit to Montana, the Flathead Valley area specifically, well grab a jacket, and a pair of hiking boots and get your butt to Montana! You will not regret it. This place is breathtaking. I am constantly surrounded by beauty here and am reminded daily on what an amazing artist/creator that our Lord is.

Whether you’re seeking solitude or an action-packed getaway, Montana has something for everyone. I have spent every weekend adventuring to a lake, hiking trails or visiting a local hot spot, such as the local microbrewery or pumpkin patch. I also have met some amazing people here and have created some authentic relationships. There is so much to do and so many awesome people to meet and it’s pretty much impossible to be bored here.

When I’m not adventuring and taking in Montana’s beauty, I’m working at Montana Academy, a therapeutic boarding school. It is such a challenging and rewarding job. I look forward to going to work every day and I work with amazing people.

I am so happy that I put my faith and trust in God, because He really knew exactly what I needed. I won’t lie, moving so far away from home and starting a job in a field I had no prior experience in was the scariest thing I have ever done. I worried, stressed, cried, prayed a lot and finally just let it go and gave it to God. It was the first time in my my life that I fully gave it all up to God and it has been so completely worth it. I shifted my perspective, loosened my tight grip on my plans, and listened to God’s Word that says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”-Proverbs 16:9. God provided in ways I didn’t even expect. It really is true that God’s plan is way better than anything we could plan for ourselves.

So if you’re afraid to chase your passion for fear of being called crazy, be crazy anyway. Jump out of your comfort zone. I promise, with a little bit of faith and your eyes fixed on God’s power over your life, things will start to fall into place and God’s plan will reveal itself.

“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.” -Jeremiah 29:11



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