Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Being confident of this very thing....

...that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.  That scripture (Philippians 1:6) has been rolling around in my head since I received the phone call I've been waiting on until since 4:00pm on Thursday, June 29, 2012.  And the verdict on the scholarship?

I received $6,000 for the Whole Person Scholarship.  The maximum amount that one could receive is $20,000.  I was honestly anticipating the full amount, which would have eliminated a number of my financial concerns in this whole journey.  Am I disappointed, absolutely.  Am I discouraged from pursuing what I know God has spoken, absolutely NOT (although I did ask some questions).  Within the next few hours I should hear about the apartment.  More to come.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Another HUGE week

This coming week is going to be a HUGE week in my "obeying God" transition as I will find out about a few things:

1.  The Whole Person Scholarship
For clarity, I have already received the Whole Person Scholarship because I attended the scholarship event in July.  The assessment and interview is to determine how much money I will receive as a transfer student.  Tomorrow I will find out the results of my interview and assessment.  The maximum amount being awarded is $20,000 which is essentially a full scholarship.  The desire is to receive the maximum amount.

2.  Professional Judgement
When I move to Tulsa, my income will suffer a severe decline.  The Federal Government has already decided how much aid I can be awarded for this upcoming school year and they don't make adjustments to that number, but my school can and it's called a "Professional Judgment".  I've submitted all of the necessary paper work and should hear and update this week regarding it.

3.  Apartment
I applied to an apartment yesterday.  Every time I've applied for an apartment in the past, I was denied because of my credit score (I've made some not good decisions regarding my finances).  I haven't applied in years and feel slightly anxious cause........I just am I guess.  Whether I get it or not, I'm still going though.

Finally I'll be deciding how I'm getting to Tulsa and I will be downsizing!  The moving plans have changed multiple times - from renting a U-Haul, to packing my car and driving, to shipping my car and flying out.  There are so many options  that I'm just not sure what to choose, so I'm waiting.  As you can see, there are a number of things happening but this I do know:
God Spoke, I've been accepted and I'm going!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Taking a Break

Yesterday I hit a brick wall and had to come to terms with the fact that I am completely overwhelmed with this whole school/move topic.  Overwhelmed because it doesn't make sense to me how it is all going to work out.  Overwhelmed because I leave in less than a month and I still don't have a place to live.  Overwhelmed because my bank account is TOTALLY not where I'd like for it to be.  Overwhelmed because nearly everyone I know, knows and have been asking questions that I just can't answer.

I had to repent because the same God who spoke, who told me what to do and opened doors is the same God who will provide direction, clarity and resources.  Do I have plans of how to make things work....yes, kindof.  But His word is clear that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.  Trying to figure out the next move before He gives the next move will only provide frustration for me.  Thus we have my decision to be still for a little while.  Until at least July 17th, I'm taking a break from worrying and making plans.  I want to live life for a few days and enjoy my relationships and summertime experiences.  Wanna get together?

First up - MOVIE DAY with my favorite nephew in the world!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Shelly's Last Experiences - Zion Church

Today was the beginning of what I'll call, "Shelly's Last Experiences".  I've been pretty somber for most of the day and I wasn't sure why.  It's like I feel something, but just not sure what it was/is.  While sitting here watching Karate Kid (I should totally be sleep but it seems like God speaks the most while I'm watching TV or movies, huh?) it dawned on me...today was the last time that I will support a Singles Fellowship.  In a few short hours, it will be my last Sunday supporting Zion Church and I feel some kinda way about that.  I've been supporting Zion since 2005.  Before First Baptist started having services at the Worship Center, Zion Church would use the FBCG Ministry Center for Easter and Watch Night Service.  I'm not going to cry, but this should be interesting!