My name is Deanna, and I am from Minnesota. Currently, I am a DTS student here at YWAM Maui. We are halfway through our lecture phase and God has already taught me so much. It has been so awesome to see God work in my life and open my eyes to so many things. It is crazy how God has been working in my life.
I had never intended to do a DTS. My brother did one here in Maui back in 2014, and it changed his life. It was cool for me, to watch him grow and change his entire life. I had thought doing a DTS would be fun, but it didn’t fit into my plan for my life. So after struggling through my first semester at University in the Fall, I decided something needed to change. My brother and his fiance had just visited us for Christmas, and on the way home from dropping them off at the airport I was talking to my mom about how worried I was for the upcoming semester. She brought up doing a DTS, and all the details seemed to fall right in place. I looked up when the next DTS was starting… One week from that day. So, I prayed and told God “if you want me to do this, I know you’ll provide half the money I’d need in the next few days.” Oh boy was I right. God provided so quickly. By the end of the day it was obvious God wanted me to come to this DTS. Six days later I found myself flying across the country and the Pacific Ocean, scared out of my socks.
My story on getting here falls perfectly into the theme of our school: “The choice is yours”. I made the choice to change all of my life plans to do something that God obviously wanted me to do. Since I’ve been here, He has challenged me to continue to trust Him and know that His plans for my life are better than anything I could have imagined. I am constantly reminded of how He provided for me so quickly, and it challenges me to continue trusting God. It is not always easy, and I have to remind myself all the time that God’s plans are better than mine.
I have always said that I just want God to be proud of me. I just want Him to say “well done my good and faithful servant.” I am learning what that looks like. I am learning that means to trust Him completely, with everything. I am learning that trusting Him is not easy, but it’s worth it. The life I had for myself was good by worldly standards, but it wouldn’t have done me any good in the kingdom of Heaven. I have decided to lay all of my plans down to Him. Everyday it is a choice to let Him have control of my life, and not try to control what I can.
I mean, He’s the creator of the universe. He might know a thing or two on how I should live my life. Right!?