An important reminder for me that I thought I would share! So many things are going on in our lives…things are crazy…and so on! I have learned that we have can the BEST plan ever….and it usually never happens that way! We can plan our schedule of life events….but then something unexpected happens…and things change. For some Type A people (like myself) I like having that control and I like being able to think….”wow I have it all worked out.” BUT I am so thankful to be reminded through my faith that I can have peace. Does it mean that I jump for joy at the change of life plans…nope! In fact, my husband can attest that it stressed me out like no other! BUT I rest in the knowledge that I DO NOT have to be anxious! I hold to the word of God and the peace that comes through prayer!

I say all of this because as I look at the past 11 years of my life…I have graduated from college and graduate school! I have completed all the requirements for my doctorate except the completion of the dissertation. And I’m to the point that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! My goal is to have a “draft” of my first three chapters due to my committee on the 1st of September. Although I am also very aware that my proposal date/defense date is at the mercy of my committee. Do I have a schedule in mind (OF COURSE!) But most importantly I want to have a quality research document that is appealing to publishers! I would rather take an extra semester to add the critical pieces that are necessary for this very unique area…than run through it all now..graduate with a piece of work that isn’t worth being shared! Does the lack of control irritate me..YES!

Then again…I haven’t had control of a lot of things! I have made it this far with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, and Fibromyalgia daily setting limits I didn’t expect. I’ve battle through hospitalization and major health crises, and additional health concerns due to the autoimmune suppression for the RA/Lupus (i.e., heart problems, breathing problems, etc.). As I was telling husband this weekend….If I can say that I graduated with my doctorate with all these health issues (i.e., RALF) and I did it in 12 straight years of going to school… I call that a MAJOR win! Heck if it takes me 13 years..that is a MAJOR win! I always told myself I wanted to graduate as a Dr. by the time I was 30 years old! I legally turn 28 in about 1.5 months….I “cross fingers” that goal will happen!

Thank you all for your encouragement! I need it! 🙂

Philippians 4:6-7

Philippians 4:6-7New King James Version (NKJV)

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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