Okay, first off this post will have little to nothing to do with playing bass guitar. While I do in fact play bass guitar, I do not possess any of the skills that should be passed on to others. This image was the most appropriate out of all the ones I found when Googling “getting in the groove” so it appears here. I’m not sure why I’m telling you all of this other than I was up until 3 am, and I have drunk way too much coffee this morning.
Good morning! The end of Week Two has arrived, and I just submitted my last assignment for the week (15 hours early). It has been a challenging week, but it wasn’t filled with being overwhelmed like the previous week. Jennifer and I are starting to find a balance between work, life, and study. This balance means that I get to stay up late doing schoolwork, but it is going very well.
Each class has its challenging aspects, but each is proving to be fascinating and rewarding.
My Vocation of Ministry class had quite a bit of required reading, but I was able to get most of it done over the summer before classes started. Thankfully I highlighted the important bits so I’m able to find quick quotes that can be cited in my papers. This class also has a component of forming a “Christian Formation Group” and also an ethnically oriented service project. I’m blessed with a fabulous small group, so I get to kill two birds with one stone for this requirement (received approval from the professor, don’t worry).
My Basic Christian Doctrine class is very heavily online forum discussion based. There are brief assigned reading requirements, a few questions to be answered on those questions, and then 4-5 days of class discussion around the answers generated to the questions. This has been a great class so far. We have had some deep theological discussions about our belief systems and how we have come to those beliefs.
My Inductive Bible Study class will easily monopolize the most of my time. This week I started the process of studying the Book of Matthew. I spent at least 30 hours on writing a paper that was just three pages long. All of the concepts of this technique of study are completely foreign to me, so it has been a real challenge. This lack of knowledge affects all of us in the class (hence, why we’re in the class), so we are all in the same boat. I will say that I have already discovered so many things I didn’t know about this book, and about Jesus than I knew before. And I found these things on my own, using these techniques. That is very encouraging!
It looks like Mondays are going to be my slower days as it relates to school. I might even get a chance to do some of the readings that are due the next week. Tuesdays, on the other hand, are terrible. I have four online classes and three of those four have assignments due Wednesday at 5 pm after just being given the assignment on Tuesday at 7 am.
No matter the workload. No matter the long hours. No matter the lack of sleep. This is just such a HUGE blessing. So many people have been a part of making this blessing happen in my life. I want them all to know how much I love and appreciate them for what they are doing to support my family and I.
Many thanks to each and every one of you.
And of course, my thanks to God for giving me the strength and energy to do this. You give me answers to questions that I cannot fathom. You give me the wisdom I did not have. And you give me maturity I do not possess.
You all humble me beyond measure.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)