January 4, 2016
First Day of Spring Semester
I survived, of course, and I am giving all praise to God for this semester's schedule. I teach MWF's only, and my first class doesn't begin until 12:30 p.m. Praise God! This means that even with my poor night's sleep, I don't have to get up and moving right away. I can sit and blog a bit, drink my coffee, and slowly prepare for my afternoon classes. I am pleased with this schedule, it suits me well, and it gives me plenty of down time this semester so I can focus on my BIG TASK, studying and passing my written and oral comprehensive exams.
Today is a good day, then. It is warm and wet here in Phoenix. It is supposed to rain all day, and I think we will have rain all week long. The only negative of rain is that I have to walk back and forth across campus, but still, rain is a nice change from our ever-sunny days. I am loving the rain, loving my life, and loving the way the Lord has made for me to go.
Making Decisions and Such: Next Steps
I have decided to let the whole "I need a job" slide for the next 10 weeks. You know, no point in stressing over something I cannot change" especially when I have other, more important things to worry over. Yes, I know the Lord has me covered, and that He has a great plan for my life. One of the things I have done, well one of the things I am doing (present/active) is to not let my life as a professor (title) determine the course of events. I am thankful for this position, for the opportunity to teach college, but I understand that I must go and do whatever type of work will develop my skills and abilities for the Lord's work. I want to be flexible and fluid -- mouldable and shapable -- to do whatever He calls me to do. Thus, I am holding my hand open, and letting this THING, the position and title, go. If the Lord wants me to remain as a professor, then He will bring me a full-time salaried position. If He wants me to move into a different type of work, so be it. I know He will provide for my needs with sufficiency. Until then, I will focus on what I must, and that is to finish out my courses at Regent.
My life is in your hands today. Whatever you desire for me, I ask now that you would allow it to come to pass. I am trusting you, placing all my faith in you. My hopes, my desires, and my wants are in your control. Whatever you want for me, I willingly receive and accept. I ask now, Lord, that you would do what you think is best in every area of my life. I let go the control, the power, and the authority to choose, to decide, and to determine the outcome. Instead, I embrace your plan fully because I know that what you desire is always for my good, always in my best interest. I ask all this now in the matchless and merciful Name of Jesus, amen! So be it, thy will be done! Selah!