Unexpected Decision…

The end of July, I spoke to 70 women at our church’s Women’s Day Retreat (you can read my message here). I have shared my testimony and devotionals many times before one-on-one or in small group settings. However, this was the first time speaking from a platform at an event. I have always had a desire to participate in Women’s Ministries and try to get involved where I can at whatever churches we have attended over the years. I also love writing on my blog (however sporadic it may be around my busy schedule) and hope that one day God will open the doors for me to publish a book.

Throughout the past 8 years or so, I have researched going back to college to do some sort of theology or religious program. I have a passion for Biblical research, debate, and knowledge. I have thought that having a professional studies and/or degree in the field will benefit my path towards whatever God may call me to do in the future (women’s ministry, speaking, writing, etc). I have never actually pursued going back to college because of lack of finances or how full I already keep my schedule.

Earlier this month, I once again started researching programs. I found an online Biblical Studies Associate’s Degree that I liked at Colorado Christian University. They also have a good military discount which extends to dependents. So… I decided to put in a request for more information. Five minutes later, I received a call from a CCU Enrollment Counselor. We discussed what I was interested in doing and he emailed me all of the relevant information. I went ahead and submitted an application and all of the required documentation. I had Delaware Technical & Community College send them an official transcript so that I could find out if any of my former 62 credits (for Nursing LPN) would transfer. I submitted a Financial Aid-FAFSA application just to see if I would qualify for financial assistance. I should mention that I did all of this spur of the moment… while my husband was out of town. I did mention it to him over the phone so he knew the conversation was coming. I made it very clear to the enrollment counselor that I had to speak to my husband and get his support before committing to actually taking classes.

By the next day, I received an email saying that my application to CCU was accepted. The day after that, I found out exactly how much financial aid I am eligible to receive. The following day, my husband returned home and I excitedly ambushed him we discussed all of the information that I had to show him. He agreed that I could register for classes with the stipulation that if we found out we couldn’t afford it (based on book fees and how many of my former credits would transfer) that I would drop the classes before penalty.

By the end of one week, I was registered for my first semester at CCU. I was able to find all of the books that I need way cheaper than I expected! I also found out that 24 of my former credits will transfer which is the equivalent of two semesters!!!

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As my girls enter their first week of school in 3rd and 5th grades, I will be preparing my mind and home for me diving into college again next week. I am as prepared as I can possibly be leading up to my first class next week. However, it is a bit intimidating to return to college at age 35 later in life (the last time I was in college was 2003). My immediate goal is to get my Associate’s Degree. Then, if finances allow, to continue to get my Bachelor’s Degree. I am posting all of this here for accountability… If you think about it, pray for my family and I as we start this new schedule. A few months from now, ask me how I am doing. Encourage me to keep my eye on the end goal! I am excited to start this journey!

Do you have a later in life college story to tell?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

How Do You Forgive Someone Who Doesn’t Know That You Know They Hurt You?

Confused??? Me too! This post is seriously me asking for your advice. I would love to hear your opinions posted in the comments. 

Please note: I am not going to share the specific offense that someone (PERSON A) did because it affects another close personal relationship (PERSON B). I do not want to cause PERSON B any further heartache over this situation.

So here are the basics of the situation….

I just found out that PERSON A did something that wounded me in a very personal and emotional way. PERSON A is not someone close to me… however, the other PERSON B involved is very close to me. I have only met and interacted with PERSON A on one occasion. I thought we clicked as friends. We had an intellectual and a little bit spiritual conversation. My whole family interacted with PERSON A. We exchanged phone numbers, later exchanged texts, and friended each other on Facebook.

Tonight, PERSON B told me the offense PERSON A did over a month ago.

It hurts. It hurts badly…

As of right now, I assume that PERSON A does not know that I know what they did.

In my “FORGIVE THEM” post back in 2010, I talked about how forgiveness is more to help you heal than it is for the offender. I quoted the following from Dr. Davis’ “How To Heal A Wounded Spirit” sermon:

“If someone wounds you and walks away without doing anything to help; that does not mean that you have to lay there and die… If someone wounds you either knowingly or unknowingly and walks away; who is going to be in the worse shape 6 months from now if you don’t treat it? You or Them?”

PERSON B is directly involved and because of that I have to work through some issues with them. I will eventually come to forgive them because of how close we are and that is what needs to happen in order for that relationship to heal. I need some time to process, but forgiveness towards them WILL happen. With God’s help, I know it will.

PERSON A is not someone who I have to interact with ever again. I could delete their phone number and unfriend them on Facebook. I may never have to see or speak to them again. There is always the chance that they could call or text me but I don’t know if they would or not. There is always the chance of seeing them in public but I never have before so… I would say that the chance is slim (just not impossible). I could ignore them if we ever come in contact again.

I know that for my sake and in order to be obedient to Christ, I must eventually forgive PERSON A.

My question is: Do I let them know that I know what they did and let them know that I forgive them (when I get to the mindset of being able to do so)? ~OR~ Do I forgive them and move on without mentioning it to them?

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

(please post in the comments…)

And if you think about it, please keep me in prayer as I seek God’s wisdom in this situation. Pray for God to heal my heart and help me to forgive all of the people involved.

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Threads Of Suspicion

This book by: Dee Henderson is the second book in the Evie Blackwell Cold Case series. Evie is on the Missing Person’s Task Force along with several other capable team members. She is paired with David Marshal to work on two unrelated cases in Chicago. Evie is investigating the disappearance of a popular college student and David is investigating a missing private investigator. As they pursue the leads in each of their cases, it becomes clear that there is more to the cases than they had originally anticipated…including some personal ties. The search for truth is their top priority. Evie also has to deal with some personal issues that cannot take a back burner any longer. With the help of her new friend of David, she starts to come to terms with where her personal life is headed.

Dee Henderson books have always been among my favorites. They include mystery, suspense, romance, and spiritual truths. This one did not disappoint. Although the second in the series, I was able to read without having previously read the first book in the series. As always, Henderson incorporates several characters known from other books she has written. I love how Henderson does this because it is fun to learn what former characters are doing in the present time-frame of her stories. Although some suspense, I thought that this book focused more on the personal side of the characters than it did of the solving crime aspect. I admit, I was a little disappointed in how some of the character relationships played out. I am hoping that future books in the series might expand on those relationships so that their story resolves in a way that makes more sense. Anyone who likes suspense, romance, and spiritual conversation and reflection would like this book (as well as any book that Dee Henderson has written).

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that Bethany House provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Threads of Suspicion #2

By Dee Henderson / Bethany House

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Princess Prayers

This book is written by: Crystal Bowman and inspired by: Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson with pictures by: Omar Aranda. It is a board book marketed towards young girls. Each two page spread includes a prayer, scripture verse, and beautiful illustration based on The Princess Parables series. There are a total of fifteen prayers in the book.

I have always loved The Princess Parables series. My girls have enjoyed reading them over the years. Generally speaking, the series is geared towards preschool & early elementary aged girls. This book is no different but my eight year old daughter still reads the books in the series every once in awhile. This book is perfect for teaching young girls simple prayers. It could be read all at once, as a daily devotional, or as a certain topic is needed. It could could be an adorable gift for the little girls in your life!

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that ZonderKidsprovided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Princess Prayers
By Jeanna Young, Jacqueline Kinney Johnson & Omar Aranda (Illustrator) / ZonderKidz

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