“Discernment” Is A Fancy Word for “Figure Out What The Heck God Wants You To Do With Your Life.”

iphone dump 025October is a big month around here. At the end of October, we’re hopeful that our family will be moving forward toward a more clear goal. We’ve only really stalled a bit in the arena of figuring out what the next year will look like in terms of me returning to school to begin working towards a Masters of Divinity Degree. This is the month I visit two of my options and start to figure out what things might look like as far as application, financial aid and schedule.

This past week, Jason and I visited Dubuque Seminary at the University of Dubuque in Iowa. If we choose this program, I will do a majority of the course work online and visit campus for four weeks during the year to complete the intensive course work that is also required for the program.

This coming week, I will visit Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. If we choose this program, I will commute for all of my classes and complete the entire degree on campus. For those of you playing along from farther away, Louisville is about a two hour drive from Henderson.

I’ve considered other schools and programs, but as of right now, these two are the options I’ve settled upon.

iphone dump 036Once I have all the information I can possibly glean from visiting both places, we can start planning for applying to either or both schools and sit down with church leaders to discuss how either choice would impact the work and ministry I’ve been called to for the past thirteen years.

We also have started considering our finances and scholarship possibilities and potential funding sources for this venture. Because I would be a non-traditional student in both settings, it is less likely that either school would have a lot of scholarship help for my particular course of study. Honestly, the financial aspect has become the scariest part of this leap of faith. It seems like a pretty big hurdle–a dark cloud kind of hanging over all of the excitement of this adventure.

Yet, I’ve simply committed to applying to seminary. I believe that’s what God has called me to do. It costs like $30 to apply, so we have that covered for now.

If God has plans for me beyond the application, I trust that God also already knows how we’re going to pay for it. I’ve taken to reminding myself of this every time that dark cloud threatens my joyful celebration and excitement of exploring my call to ministry.

I appreciate those of you who are praying for us and those of you who are helping me discern as I try to be faithfully who God created me to be. Your encouragement and love fill me with hope.

2 thoughts on ““Discernment” Is A Fancy Word for “Figure Out What The Heck God Wants You To Do With Your Life.””

  1. The biggest cost of seminary is the day to day living expenses – a roof, food, clothes, transportation – scholarships, grants, etc. can cover all the educational expenses (unless you’re sitting on a healthy savings account or your spouse has a better than average salary; those might get in the way of your qualifying ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus, starting next fall, Louisville Seminary will give free tuition to anyone they accept into one of their programs. All this to say, enjoy your discernment! The small stuff will work itself out ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Leah, the reason I’m still considering Louisville and that dreadful commute is the possibility of no tuition…but when I met with an admissions person at Big Tent, she told me that wouldn’t apply to me because I’d be part time, commuting and the money is for full-time students. But I’m not done asking questions about that.

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