“Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” Luke 12:22-31
It’s hard to reconcile being a college/seminary student and the Bible’s command to not worry… we seem to toil and spin a lot, what with homework and such. Midterms have come and gone for both of us, and now we are in the final 5-6 weeks of classes. Finals week is the same for both of us: December 8-12.
Guy has been busy working on various papers for his two classes. He’s completed 2 of the 4 papers due, has another one 3/4 of the way completed, and started on his last research paper. He’s sitting in the 90s% in both classes.
Jessi is cramming her brain full of anatomy and chemistry, and struggling to retain it all! Midterms did not go as well as hoped, but I’m working on bringing those grades up higher and hope to have a solid B in Chemistry by the end of the semester. I’ve got a solid A in anatomy, as well as in my computer class.
I (Jessi) am also starting to work with a local Equestrian Therapy program as a volunteer. I’m required to do a certain number of volunteer hours as part of my chemistry class ( counts for 5% of my grade), so I’m learning how to assist patients with their therapy and learning about horses at the same time. I heard that they sometimes offer riding lessons to the volunteers, so there’s a part of me that hopes I can learn how to ride during the course of this. Check something off my bucket list, LOL! Since this is with therapists, these volunteer hours can also count towards my required hours for applying to physical therapy school – I think they usually require 100+ hours. 2 birds, 1 stone = priceless!
We are (once again) having some financial crunches. Guy’s work changed health insurance companies. This is good. What’s not good is that we have to continue paying for the HSA (Health Savings Account) that we already had until the end of December. So now approximately $400 is coming out of his check per pay period. Also, my work is cutting back my hours, so that’s less income there as well. I’ve started looking for work to replace what I’ve been doing. I have had one job offer, but the salary and hours are only minutely better, and while it’s convenient for when I’m in school up in Hurst, TX, it won’t be close when school’s out of session (Hurst is a 30-45 minute drive one way, depending on traffic). So I have turned that down. I now have been unofficially told that I’m getting a job I’ve been applying for since we moved down here, but am waiting for the official job offer email before I tell more about it.
Guy has been considering doing some pulpit supply/interim preaching in the area. I don’t know if he’s really checked into it as of yet, but we have a few contacts that he will be getting in touch with soon.
Our church down here, Travis Avenue Baptist Church, sends 2 teams a year to Romania to conduct sports camps. I (Jessi) have been to Romania’s sister country, Moldova, twice (2005 and 2006), and have been wanting to return to the area for many years. I recently spoke with the man who leads these trips, and he told me that they plan to go back around the end of July next year. These trips average $2200 per person. I feel that God may be leading me to go on this trip, so I am starting to fundraise now for it. Please, if you have the desire to support my mission trip, let me know. I have set up a GoFundMe account at www.gofundme.com/g04d3k, or you could contact me and we’ll make other arrangements.
Now about Jessi’s hand/wrist… We aren’t sure what’s going on. We thought that it was carpal tunnel, but when I had the nerve conduction study done, the doctor turned to me and said that it doesn’t look like carpal tunnel at all. The official report states that I have no nerve impairment in my wrist or elbow. So, now we don’t know what’s causing the issues. I’ve been sent to Occupational Therapy, and have had 2 sessions as of Thursday, 10/30/14. I’m getting some mobility back, but my pain level is going way up. I plan to discuss this with the therapist when I go back tomorrow.
We are hoping to be home over the Christmas holidays. We have both put in time off requests, but the biggest issue is going to be how a potentially new job for Jessi will grant (or not grant) the time off request. So we will wait and see how that comes about.
* Personal finances
* Mission Trip Funding
* Strong finishes to our respective semesters
* Diagnosis and healing for Jessi’s hand/wrist
* New job for Jessi