Yesterday was a check-the-e-mail-every-few-
minutes kind of a day, as I was waiting to hear something from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. My understanding from them last week, when I talked with Geneva, was that Dr. Fred Schmidt would be in Dallas over the weekend, where he would go over my and other applications. He would make his decision, and then we would be told one way or the other. I always prepare for the worst and pray for the best.
I have never felt smart enough for much, let alone graduate school. While those around me may have gotten the great grades, mine were good enough for Honor Society in high school, but I think I was on the bottom of the high end, if that makes sense. I got out of college with my BS and have taken 15 hours of graduate studies at Asbury. I kid with Alex all the time about my grade point average being higher than his (mine’s 3.98), but I didn't have to take Greek or Hebrew or any of those IBS classes (that's Inductive Bible Study, and it's hard). But all in all, I really don't feel like I'm all that smart—maybe street smart but not bookwise.
So all day long, I was preparing to try somewhere else to get certified in Spiritual Direction. This would have been so perfect with Perkins doing this program offsite and in Arkansas. Maybe I would find something in Tulsa or Kansas City. Then at 7:17 last night, I got an e-mail from Geneva and the word “congratulations” started the e-mail and I started yelling!
I just can't believe it still, even after going to bed and waking up at 3:00 to think and ponder it. I get to study spiritual direction. I got my book list, and there were only four books on it, and I have to admit I was a little disappointed. I was thinking there would be like nine books. I guess I'm happy about it in a way, but I love my books. I already have one of the ones we'll be using. I used it in a class at Asbury.
I also went and talked with Carness yesterday about starting up a Bible study using Terry Teykl's book Preyed On Or Prayed For. I just really feel like God wants me to be praying for our shepherds and to help others see how dang important this is. Then from the study, I hope to start our prayer hedge. I need to get a name for it, something in Hebrew I think.So things are starting to be put into place as God moves and shakes me up. I will have a spiritual direction session with Laura Beach tomorrow over Skype, so that should be interesting. I will spend this day getting the office picked up and put in order. Let the good times roll!