I was vacationing in Mykonos, Greece in June of 1999 when I decided that I wanted my life to be different. I had no idea what that life would look like, but I wanted to leave the fashion industry. I wanted to do something that would make a positive impact on people’s lives. Upon return from my vacation I decided that I wanted to go back to school to become a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I didn’t know what all that would entail, but I was ready to take the challenge.
A friend told me about Vanguard University’s School for Professional Studies Degree Completion Program so I decided to check it out. I already had my Associate’s Degree, and quickly realized that I could complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in just 22 months. It seemed only natural to continue on to complete my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. After putting in 3,000 hours, I became a licensed Marriage & Family Therapy License in August 2012. I reached all of these goals while working full time at Vanguard University as the Director of Recruitment for the School for Professional Studies.
Now, my next step is to begin to build my Marriage and Family Therapy Practice so I can transition out of working in education full time. My goal is to build my practice to twenty consistent full-fee clients per week and cut back my hours at the university. Getting twenty clients isn’t a problem – the challenge is finding twenty that can pay full fee. I needed to build my practice, but didn’t know how.
I began to feel stuck and unsure of what to do next. Then one day, I was watching Joel Osteen speak on his new book, “I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Our Lives. One of the things Joel talked about was the fact that we need to give our dreams to God, because He wants to Supersize our dreams!
I realized that it’s true. God doesn’t want us to fail, he wants us to succeed. Psalm 35:27 states, “The Lord…delights in the prosperity of His servant.” God spoke to me in a powerful way that day, reminding me of three distinct scriptural truths:
“I am with you and we will do this together.” Sometimes it is so easy to forget this simple yet profound truth!
- Joshua 1:9 says, “The LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
- This promise is reiterated in Matthew 28:20, “…I am with you always even to the end of the age.”
“I will provide for you.” I can’t ignore the fact that God has already provided me with an office at Journey’s Counseling Ministries to build my practice, so I need to trust him to provide the necessary clients.
- Matthew 6:26 declares, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
- Philippians 4:19 assures me, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
“I will show you the way.” More reliable than any GPS, God will show me which roads to take.
- Psalm 77:20 states, “You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.”
- Psalm 119:105 reassures me, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
Take a moment to think about your current goals. What dream can God Supersize for you?
Kristi Starkey, MS
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Director of Recruitment
School for Professional Studies