Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Grace and mercy

All the anticipation, anxiety, and concern melted away yesterday as I met with my academic committee for my plan of study.

They approved everything. EVERYTHING.

I will attend class at Super Duper University one day a week for five weeks of the summer. The rest is online.

I will take a one-week minisession in August and then again in January.

I will attend class this fall from 6:30-9:15 one night a week for 15 weeks.

And then…I’m done.

They approved my online classes. I’m getting an IT minor, and all of my classes (minus one, which is a hybrid of online and class which my professor said he’d work with me on) are online.

My trips to Super Duper are numbered. I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Oh, and even better? In-state tuition is in effect in the summer. That LITERALLY cuts $3,000. AND any online class I take (during the fall and spring, I'm taking three) also counts for in-state tuition. Serious blessing. SERIOUS.

I so didn’t deserve to get everything I wanted. So many times this past week alone, I’ve had to say, “God, I am SO SORRY for x, y, and z.” Over and over and over again. I even told Hubby on Easter that I felt guilty for not focusing more on the reason of Easter. I’ve felt like a failure.

But God is generous, gracious, and merciful. He gave me the desires of my heart and so much more.

Not only did my amazing academic committee approve my plan of study, but I made an A on that ridiculous research paper (She didn’t read the papers. Not kidding. She announced in class, “Because you all worked so hard, you all get As.” Whatever. I am NOT complaining.). AND, as an added bonus, I got out of my night class at 8 p.m. instead of 9:15 p.m.

And, of course, they played my favorite songs on the radio. Yeah. I’m like that.

I am so undeserving, but God is so loving.

Side note: I’m SUPPOSED to participate in my church’s sprint triathlon this weekend. I’m in shape for it, minus the bike riding. My old bike is a mountain bike, for one. We’re biking on the road. Also, it’s perpetually stuck in 5th gear. And I’m going to be riding some hills. Question to y’all: Should I just ask to participate in the swimming and running or try to bike the 12 miles? I’d feel like such a loser by not biking, but I don’t want to look like a dork on an old mountain bike that only goes into one gear and biking in last place.

13 comments:

SusanD said...

Y-A-Y for approved study plans and for in-state tuition and for fewer trips to Super Duper and for being done in less than a year! How exciting for you. Use your bike as is or borrow a bike or get yours fixed. Do the triathlon. You'll regret it if you don't. You know you will. :) Blessings, SusanD

PS If we move to AZ, we could run and bike year round without the humidity. How sweet would that be?

Rachel @ Future Pastor's Wife said...

YAY!!!!!!!! YAY YAY YAY!!!!!! Oh, that is SO awesome about getting to go online! I know that's a huge weight off yours (and Superman's... and your gas budget's) shoulders. I'm SOOO excited for you!

As to the biking, I have no idea. I haven't ridden a non-stationary bike since my old 10 speed. So I'm no help!

misti said...

Hmm. Re bike issues: Sounds like a good time to ask for an early birthday gift...or early graduation gift...or anniversary...or whatever you can think of!

Ginger said...

Follow your heart girly. PTL with you. I love the little things too.
G

Beth@playinwiththepaulsens! said...

okay He blesses you to glorify Himself. regardless of what you deserve sweet girl, and you sharing it here only magnifies the glory He receives. this is just an awesome post!
I say fix your bike or borrow one! just for the fun of it! you don't want any regrets and you might regret not doing it! it might take some of the fun out of it not to do that part.

Tara said...

This is so so exciting!! I'm thrilled for you!! We'll have to talk soon.

septembermom said...

That's awesome!!! I think you should find a bike. I know you'll enjoy the triathalon. You can do anything apparently!!

Meredith said...

I bet someone has a bike you could borrow! Half the church probably has them collecting dust in the garage!

Brooke said...

that's incredible!!!

my vote (if borrowing is out of the question) is renting a bike for the afternoon. if you've got a bike shop in town you'd just have $20 or so in it.

whatever route you go - cave into peer pressure, fall victim to advertising and JUST DO IT!

Mari said...

Hooray! I'm so happy that everything worked out so well!
I think you should find a bike, because you'll regret it if you miss that part.

Brittany Ann said...

YAY! That's awesome news! As someone who's been there, I am so excited for you!

Linda said...

woa, got my groove on this morning after that song! love it!

congrats on this news. what a relief and joy at what's ahead.

so, it's monday! how was your weeeeeeekend? ;o)

Warren Baldwin said...

Thanks for your visit to the Family Fountain blog a while ago.

Good luck and, more importantly, prayers, as you begin this next phase of your academic career. What will your doctorate be in?

I am applying now for a doctoral program to begin in 2011. By then our last child will be ending her senior year, so my studies won't really begin in earnest until after her high school activities.

Big step, isn't it?