Back-to-School!

First....I did not forget about these awesome back-to-school supplies that DaySpring sent to me.  I'm just a little late to the party because...

  • I just finished my MA in Theological Studies
  • Two days later, I began my MDiv at Regent University
  • My first week of school we had an earthquake, and...
  • A HURRICANE!
Lord, have mercy!  It has been super busy and CRAZY up in the VA!
But here I am and let me take a moment to tell you about these super cute supplies for back-to-school! :)

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ADORBS, right??
When I received these I knew instantly who I would pass them on to...my niece.  She begins middle school next week.  As far as I'm concerned, I think she can use all the reminding of God's love for her that she can get her hands on while she attends a secular school.  These supplies are just right for her.  She LOVES bright pink (and just about any other bright color) and she also likes black (because she has this punk/rock side to her already at 11).  She also LOVES Jesus, and these supplies will serve as a great reminder to her that He loves her back big time!  These supplies will also potentially open the door for her to witness, as friends and classmates ask about what the stuff on her binder means, etc.  Awesome....awesome...awesome!
When I was growing up, I hearted my Trapper Keeper with the hearts and rainbows.  But I sure wish I had something like this to take back to school with me every September.
Great job, DaySpring!! And thanks!!
~ Take a moment and pray for all the kids that have already gone back to school and those that are anticipating their first day back next week.~
***Disclaimer:  DaySpring sent me these items and the opinions set forth in this blog are mine and not those of DaySpring or any of its affiliates.***
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Nerves

I once had a therapist tell me that the same feelings associated with anxiety/panic are the same feelings we have for excitement and (happy) anticipation.  When she told me that I kind of wanted to pull her hair.

I am NERVOUS.  First day back in the classroom as a student.  My mind reels with the idea that today I have to leave and go to class.  I have to actually sit in a classroom, listen intently, and take notes.

I just finished a MA in Theological Studies, but I did every bit of it online.  This is the beginning of a new degree and a return to a way of learning that I’ve been away from for a long time.

A lot of thoughts have been going through my noggin.  The primary thought is a fear of failure – not doing well or being able to follow through.  I don’t want to disappoint God or waste the resources I have been given to attend school.  Now, I realize that this fear is straight from the enemy of my soul.  I don’t think he wants me at Regent at all.  He would rather I live a complacent, quiet existence.  But hasn’t called me to that life.  I lived that way for far too long.  Walking onto the path of God’s will for my life is a breath of fresh air and gives me a bounce in my step.  I know that IN CHRIST I can do this and do it well, and that He will receive all of the glory for it.  I also have a group (larger than I even imagined!!) committed to pray for me as I take each step in this new journey.  I am humbled and SO grateful!

In times of nervousness and fear, I am reminded gently by the Holy Spirit that my God did not give me a spirit of fear.  I know where fear comes from and I know that the love of God drives out all fear.  So I sit, wait, meditate on Him and His Word…and the fear is gone.  There is happy anticipation.  🙂

At Calvary

I finished up a huge paper today.  I kept finding myself humming this song.  I hummed it for my nephew and he had no idea what it was.  Made me kind of sad that a generation is growing up with any hymn knowledge.  Our Christian hymnody is such a rich part of our tradition.  The words in this hymn are a powerful reminder of God’s mercy and grace.

 

When I Forget

It seem that I have forgotten everything I had to say in this blog post.  You know how they say that you should always write down your ideas right when you think of them so that you don’t forget?  Yeah, I didn’t do that.  In fact, being the stubborn woman that I am, I recalled that I should write it down, but chose not to because of course I would remember everything!

:-/

I do remember some things from the week:

Like the dream I had one night that I was on a first date with an Italian man and he was teaching me to cook.

I finished a couponing class this past Wednesday and I am so excited about getting started with that.

Today, I finally finished up my coursework for Liberty.  In a few weeks, I should have diploma in hand.

I’m memorizing the lower-case Greek alphabet because I have a quiz on the first day of NT Greek class on Tuesday…for real…quiz on the first day.

I’m 35 and still buying school supplies.  And I REALLY enjoy it.  My nephew and I went on a shopping spree at Office Max this week.  So much fun!

I ate at Chili’s this week. (This is actually very important if you know me well enough.)  I was also very patient with loud children in said Chili’s…I must be growing up.

I had a therapeutic deep tissue massage.  A couple of my parts are still sore, including my left forearm.  Who knew that your forearms got all knotted up??? (I’m going back on Wednesday…obviously a glutton for punishment.)

I’m disappointed that I can get movies cheaper on iTunes than I can on amazon.  Suddenly the classic films on my wish list shot up to over $20 each.  Absolutely ridiculous, especially since most of what I watch is classic film.

At this point, I realize just how important it is to write things down as I think of them…Because I’m just rambling at this point. 🙂

One thing I did not forget is that today is my friend, Michele’s birthday!  Happy birthday to you!  So glad we met and that you are my friend.  What a blessing from God you are!

OH…and I went to bed at 9:30 last night.  Shocking.

Much Needed Reminder

The Rest of the Story

So, yesterday I gushed about my love for Germany.  But there was a purpose behind that post…

I visited Germany once with a group from university.  I was miserable and had a miserable time.  I would have been better to have gone on my own, because after about five days into the trip I wanted to go home.  Not necessarily because I was homesick or hated Germany.  There were several factors that contributed to my feelings.  Sufficed to say, I just didn’t want to be there with those people in that context any longer.

Obviously I was able to glean some good from the trip because I do have fond memories that serve as snapshots, little snippets.  Those are the ones that I sew together in my memory, while I try to forget the horrible moments there.

Although Germany was the country of Martin Luther and the home of so much of what we consider to be the Protestant Reformation, Germany really is no more Christian than the United States of America.  Although almost 65% of the population of Germany claims to be Christian, this is not obvious when you visit.  There has been an erosion of ethics (sound familiar?). And you may tour those great big churches throughout Germany, but it would be rare that you go on any given Sunday and find the places full of worshipers.  Small congregations have sprung up all over the country, mainly home churches and small community churches.  But there is still work to be done.  This just adds to my passion for these people, as 23% of the country is still unreached and has not heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Ich liebe Deutschland, teilen zwei

I am not even apologizing for this.  🙂

Ich liebe dich, Deutschland

I attended Virginia Wesleyan College for one year…almost…in 1995.  Today I had the opportunity to tour the campus today with a young friend who is looking to transfer.  I recognized several buildings, but the campus has evolved so much.  New buildings. Beautiful landscaping and fountains.  It was the same, yet so very different.

If I’m honest, I don’t have many memories from my time at VWC.  What sticks out is German class – the beginning of my fascination and love for the German language and German culture.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m a deutsch-o-phile (doesn’t quite have the same “ring” as anglophile, but we will roll with it).   The German language came naturally to me.  I haven’t been using it so my conversational German is ragged, but I use words here and there to keep it alive in my mind.  I think secretly I want to live in Germany one day, but we will leave that to God – I also want to live in England.

Seriously…who wouldn’t want to visit here?!

And who could possibly not be impressed with a waitress that can do this during Oktoberfest in Munich?

And I would love to sit and chat with a man dressed like this…

I might even want to sport this style myself…

I could do a little dance…

Eat a little food…

You get the idea.

I also love Germany because of these guys…

{If you can name any of them, you get…the satisfaction of knowing who they were.}

I also heart these things…

All of these memories…all of this stirred.  Just by walking around a college campus.

Happy New Year!

I know.  It’s August.

I decided that August 1st would be the beginning of a new year for me…rebel.

I think I put so much pressure on myself in January, with resolutions and anticipation of a new year, that I became overwhelmed.

In fact, about three days into January I had an anxiety attack.  I had put too much on a life’s plate that was already pretty full and my mind and body didn’t respond well.

So I embraced some resolutions early in the year and others I have begun as of August 1st.

Six days in I’m actually doing pretty good…and I don’t feel overwhelmed. Key.  🙂

To fill you in…

In two weeks I will have earned a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

Two days later I will begin work on a Master of Divinity degree at Regent University.  I’m so very excited about this!  God has really opened so many doors and I’m looking forward to actually attending classes (as opposed to online course – which I did for LBTS).  There is a wonderful sense of community and God’s presence at Regent – it’s a thrilling time and I would SO appreciate your prayers as I embark on yet another journey with God.

Happy New Year!  🙂

{Did you make any resolutions at the beginning at 2011?  If you did, how are you doing?  Ever feel completely overwhelmed with all that you “have” to do along with all that you “want” to do?  Please share – I’d love to hear from you!}

Saturday Night Thoughts

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