Jackie McCoy and her daughter Olivia have found the peace of God in the midst of senior year stress.
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As graduation approaches, Jackie and Olivia McCoy share the ways in which God has helped them walk through Olivia’s senior year with peace and confidence.
I have learned so much after going through the dreaded “lasts” of the senior year with our oldest son, Blake. As senior year approached for Olivia, I chose to embrace the year rather than be sad or dread it. I remember while tearing up with our oldest about his “last” something, my husband, Rob, looked at me and said, “He’s not dying; he’s graduating.” This time around I have so much more peace about everything. I know that is God. Don’t get me wrong—I’m still shocked, amazed and saddened that it arrived so soon. The saying, “Time is a thief,” is so very true! Choosing to rely on God and His amazing grace has been so huge for me this year. So many things are out of my control, but knowing He has a plan for each of my children is reassuring. Olivia is ready to fly, and because her faith is strong, I can’t wait to watch her soar! --Jackie McCoy
My faith is always something that I can happen to put aside or be selfish with. I’ve always known it’s important, but like everyone else, I can forget the role it has in my life. This year is, by far, the most stressful year I’ve had. At first, I didn’t know how God could help in this situation, and I continued to put all of the stress on myself. I soon figured out that He has my life in his hands. Why am I so worried when God knows my future already? I started to pray for guidance to help me decipher certain choices I have had to make as a senior. Each day, I began to become more at ease with the process, and I finally feel like I am confident in every decision I’ve made thus far and am extremely happy with how close I’ve grown in my faith. I have no regret about putting God before anything else because now I feel comfortable not having complete control over my life, and that is the way God intended it to be all along. --Olivia McCoy
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