Jess G. received her Four Star Recognition 6 years ago. She is now in the midst of job hunting and finishing up college at Missouri State University, but she took the time to look back on her journey through the P.R.A.Y. awards. She shares her reflections here:
Religion has always been a very important part of my life. My sister and I were raised in the Lutheran Church and still hold very strongly to those ideas. My relationship with God has shaped my life, and holding true to those values which He wants in our lives define who I am. Since Girl Scouts was through my church/school, it was a strong foundation in my life. Completing the PRAY awards brought me closer to God as well as closer to the friends with whom I completed the program. I think it's important to reflect on your faith and where it has brought you often in your life, and the PRAY awards were wonderful for that in the very formative teenage years.
As to where I am today, I am still friends with the girls I was in Girl Scouts with and with whom I went through the PRAY program...My faith continues to be an important part of my life. I'm at a turning point, in the process of transitioning from college to the professional world. I have a lot of decisions to make in the coming months and years, and I put my faith in God to help me find the right path He wants for my life.
Here is a picture of Jess and her Girl Scout friends around the time they earned their last P.R.A.Y. award.
Pictured L to R: Dani, Catherine, Rachel, and Jess