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I'm a little scared to make this decision public, but here goes. I am officially taking the necessary steps to enroll in seminary in September. I was accepted last summer but never followed up on it because I was afraid of taking on the additional debt. I have decided that I can either take the debt and move on with life or continue doing nothing and remain in my current level of debt and unemployed. A little extra debt will give me marketable skills, and I will be doing what I have known in my heart I should be doing for a long time.

If you want to follow the progress of this endeavor specifically as well as read mucho theology musings (some basic and some not), they are at sjbtheology. I'll post the lighter stuff over here and save the extra deep for there. Mostly this is about keeping my own head straight--I need a place to get extremely serious about my spiritual side, and I'm still figuring out how to get comfortable with being extremely outspoken about this. I feel a bit like I am switching gears entirely in my life; but really I'm returning to something that I should have been doing all this time. I have hidden this side of me away for a long time, and I need to stop doing that.

The one thing that truly frightens me about this is taking Hebrew... It's something I've always wanted to do, and in that sense I'm not afraid. It's recommended that students take Hebrew or Greek the first year, and since I got hold of a braille Hebrew Bible some time ago I think I should do the Hebrew. I think I would really enjoy it. The scary thing is getting access to the materials and keeping up with the course. I've tracked down instructional books in braille; but they are very old. I'll post more on this in the other journal. In short, if anyone knows of any blind person who has done this, please tell me.


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Jul. 3rd, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
I think it would be great for you. I don't claim to know you very well personally but one thing that comes through - that's engrained into your being/psyche - is that you are a very spiritual person. I say spiritual because I believe that's the explanation of who you are, and for you to not persue something that you are passionate about and that matters so greatly to you.
Spirituality to me is something that I respect and I find fascinating from a different perspective (likely a psychological one) and it's definitely a forever learning experience and does add to your life.
I wish you luck :)
Jul. 3rd, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
I think it's going to be one great, life changing experience for you. I'd personally like to learn more about God from you, as I am a bit unsure of everything in my life right now. I've always had a strog belief in God, but I just need some direction right now. If you'd like to contact me by MSN or AIM (they're both in my profile) please do. I'm in need of some help with all this...
Jul. 3rd, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
you did mean this towards sarah right?
Jul. 3rd, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, I do. Sorry if I confused you...
Jul. 3rd, 2006 09:57 am (UTC)
Heavy MSN conversations don't seem to be very possible for me these days. It's probably best for me to do most of my responding via email or LJ comments because some of my responses can sometimes be delayed. It's not personal. It's just because life is going to get rather busy, especially if the Hebrew dilemma proves to be extra challenging. Btw, I am seeing your entries in your new journal as far as I know.
Jul. 3rd, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
Why don't you give me your MSN and we'll see? I'll email you if I find that MSN isn't working out, ok?
Jul. 3rd, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
What I'm saying is that I don't have much time for MSN conversations. It's not about you. It's about me feeling like for myself it is better to use comments and email.
Jul. 3rd, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
Very cool!

Which seminary, by the way?
Jul. 3rd, 2006 09:54 am (UTC)
which seminary
Anderson University School of Theology
Jul. 3rd, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)
Congratulations! :) And I mean that both on getting accepted to the seminary and for having the guts and determination to do something you've been wanting to for a long time, even though you're not sure how some bits of it will work or make you feel.

Go you!
Jul. 3rd, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to you for taking such a huge step! I will tell you that the whole going in to debt thing stopped me for the longest time when it came to going back to school. For some reason, I finally decided that I was going to go for it. I decided that if going back was what was meant to be for me that if it was God's wil that I go back that things would fall in to place. I got accepted, and my financial aid was aproved. So here I am! I truly believe that if you continue to offer this situation up to God that you will get the answers that you are seeking and the help that you need Believe me I know that it is easier said than done. You are truly an amazing witness with your testimony, and I believe that more people ought to have the passion that you do for serving God. I will continue to keep you and your endeavors in my prayers. I look forward to reading more about your experiences in your theology journal as well as this one. I haven't ever taken Hebrew, and don't plan on it, but if I can ever be of any help to you please let me know. Hang in there! ****hugs****
Jul. 3rd, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
It's a little late, but I still wanted to say I'm really excited about your decision. I really hope you can move on with this education - and you'll also learn stuff tha tyou will be able to use in your own life, when spirituality/theology is important.
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