Saturday, June 22, 2013
Yesterday I received some news that I have been waiting for. An email was delivered to me with the results of an exam I took to complete a certification in Biblical Counseling. Don't get too excited...it is not THAT big of a deal, but it did take over a year for me to complete the work and honestly, I am quite relieved that it is over. Almost two years ago, the church that I attend thought it would be a great idea to equip their "Home Group Coaches" with a (level 1) Biblical Counseling certification. It is a good idea, but what happened was that several of those who serve in this capacity found the time frame a bit more intense that what they could actually do. Myself, and a few women barreled through (and I think about two or three couples) and the work is now complete! Whew!
As I ponder this completion, I have to snicker to myself. "What does this actually mean?" and "What am I really going to do with this?" As I worked on process papers, exams, and progress notes (yes, I had to actually "counsel" someone for twelve weeks), the same questions kept rolling through my mind. Then I would have thoughts like, "There is no way that I will pass this course. I can't remember God's word when I am in my own crisis....how in the world will I ever really apply this stuff?" But I kept working toward the goal.
I can't answer any of those questions, still. But, I can say that I have passed the course to the glory of God and that is all that matters. He chose me to participate. I did not. He provided the opportunity. I did not seek it out. He paid for it. I paid nothing. Therefore, I trust that He already knows what I will need this information for and that since He is the one who equipped me, He will give me all I need when He decides to use it.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Have you ever taken one of those personality tests? You know, the one's where you are identified as extrovert or introvert, or choleric vs melancholy? Well, I have taken several...for work, in ministry and some just for fun. One thing has been consistent. I am identified as extrovert, the out going one, energized by being around people. And I never questioned it for probably 30 years... Until recently. Can an extrovert become tired and turn into an introvert? I am starting to wonder. Others have always commented on how I can stay so busy...go, go, go. I never tired of being involved here, volunteering there, and meeting with so and so. But lately, I find any excuse to just come home after work and do nothing. Zone. Sit in the quiet, talk to no one. I am not depressed. Honestly, I am just not interested and the the very thought of another conversation is too much for me to think about. So, I wonder, have I been misdiagnosed all these years? Did I simply flip over to "the other side"? Or am I just tired? It's anyone's guess, I suppose. But I am going to have to go with it for now.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Well, it has been nearly one year since I posted to this blog. I have given thought to giving it up, but I enjoyed posting these blog posts in the past and whether anyone reads them or not, I find the process of putting my life experiences to written word is somewhat therapeutic.
Currently, summer is in full swing. Rebecca has completed her freshman year of college. She did beautifully and we are very proud of her. She moved out if the dorm in the below post and moved into a different dorm room with a sorority sister in January. I was so hesitant for her to join the sorority but I believe it has been one of the best things she has been a part of. She is making great friends and learning much about relationships.
Aaron enlisted in the USAF a couple of months ago and will leave for Basic Training in November. When he first talked of doing this more than two years ago, I wasn't convinced. But, again, I think I have been wrong and most likely, it will be one of the best things he has done.
Adam and his wife purchased their first home several months ago and guess what? I was not one hundred percent on board at first but they are very happy there and I absolutely love their home! It has been a real joy to see them newly-wed and enjoying all the new things they are experiencing together.
If you really read any of the above narrative, you may have noticed a theme. I have noticed it too and have had to work at coming to terms with that I am not always right! Go figure! This is a lesson God has has to teach me over and over again. I don't find this is an easy lesson but what I do whole-heartedly believe is that God is smarter than me and much more capable of taking care of my "kids" then I am. Same goes for myself, my husband, and everyone else for that matter.
So, things are going well and I am letting God take care of things. He has done a good job so far and I think I will keep trusting Him. After all, I am not always right, but He is!