The Road Back
The road back to writing feels long. This is my first post in almost a year! Before this, I hadn’t taken a blogging break of longer than a week or two. But, full-time graduate school was really taking a toll on my soul and on my energy level. I decided that sitting out from writing till all the crazy settled down was the wisest thing to do.
And then, a few weeks ago, this happened (and in keeping with the Before & After theme I have loved for so long, I give you “Before & After Graduation”):
Yes. On April 26, after 15 grueling months of classes, I graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with an MS in IDD. That’s a Masters in instructional design and development. I will specialize in applying learning theory to learning activities. More specifically, I will help subject matter experts and teachers organize and present learning content.
The Jesus Way
Though most of my classmates are interviewing or are beginning new jobs, I have entered this time of quiet with the Lord, which is definitely not my wheelhouse. So, Jesus is calling me to lay down my agenda and follow His. This Jesus Way is hard for me, and I struggle with doubts that I am called to rest. Moving forward feels better. But as I pursue His will for me, the Lord continues to make it clear that I should enter a sabbath time where I can regroup and focus on our family.
In the next few blog posts, I will begin sharing some of the slow-down resources I have been enjoying during this time of re-grouping.
As for our family, suddenly the “little people” are bigger than me!
And their time left at home is growing short. How can this be? As many moms of teens can agree—you can see coming from a long way off, then it seems to get here all at once. Pretty soon, I will be sitting in the commencement audience, instead of walking across the stage.
With so many big thoughts—and the time to explore them—I am pulled back to writing. I want to explore the idea of transition and what is means to savor and hold dear. Plus, I have been intrigued by what I have seen in learning science that shows how the Lord created us to know Him, and I want to put some of those thoughts together, too.
I don’t know what to expect…
I am more nervous to come back to writing than I expected—will I love it, like I used to? Will it help me make sense during a confusing time, like it used to?
I’m not sure what that will look like or how often I will write. But I hope the Lord will renew my love for writing. And I’m hoping that you will walk with me and write back to me: you can do that by 1) leaving a comment, 2) sending me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or 3) sending a message through the contact page.
See you around your inbox!