What is life like for this new blogger? Aside from being a disciple of the Lord, daughter, sibling, aunt, godmother and student, I am a wife, mother of three sons, grandmother of six and very blessed to have God in my life, many wonderful family members and dear friends, especially those like you. To say the least, trying to wear all of these hats keeps me quite busy.
What I like to do when I can finally convince myself that it’s okay to take a breather and not be such a work horse is what many of us like to do: let our hair down long enough to really sing and dance when nobody’s watching, pop in Zumba or some other fitness tape, go to the gym and work out, barbeque, write stories, try a new recipe, work on a cookbook, kick back and read a good novel, study science, explore anatomy models and diagrams, put something new together, take a stroll, go to the park or the beach, which is one of my favorite places to visit, call someone we haven’t talked to in a while, change a piece of furniture around, watch shows like “Law and Order,” “Cold Case,” “Seinfeld,” “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “The Price Is Right.” Well, enough about hobbies.
Just as some might say “you have to crawl before you can walk, walk before you can run” and “practice, practice and practice some more before you can make any substantial improvement,” as a first time blogger, I will take one step at a time while trying not to “put the cart before the horse.”
In this blog as well as in upcoming ones, I will highlight some of the experiences and teachings here at RU and how it impacts school, work, home, church and community life.
Isn’t it interesting how God sometimes sets up challenging opportunities to help us stretch and cause us to grow? That’s exactly how my RU journey began. After working in the New York City school system for fifteen years, pursuing graduate studies for a year in childhood education, and attempting to follow an entirely different career path that included working as a case manager for adults diagnosed with mental illnesses; serving adults who were diagnosed with emotional and physical challenges as a direct care professional and job coach (which are just fancy words for showing love toward others by caring for their daily needs and empowering them to function better in society and throughout their lives); I was later challenged to resign to home school my granddaughter whose parents were deployed overseas in Iraq. In the process, my love for God, His people and for teaching was further strengthened and I was led to Regent University.
If I could sum up my experience here at Regent in three words, it would be “sincere unconditional love.” It is this type of agape love which emanates right out of the heart and mind of God and into the minds, hearts and lives of every person that I’ve come in contact with here, throughout my distance learning experience and visit to the campus. Expressing God’s love, positively influencing the world for Jesus Christ, and equipping others are the central themes taught and displayed in every class. From the moment I was led to this university, I wanted to be a part of it. God gave me favor and answered my prayers. RU is a special place where God resides. I’m sure that you feel the same way I do when I say that the more time I spend here at Regent, my life is forever being transformed. I am happier than I’ve ever been and becoming a more loving and kinder person and strive to share love with not only my RU family but those around me. God’s Word teaches us in 1 John 4:8 that “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” As a body, we are one. It doesn’t matter where we’ve been, where we come from, what we look like or where we’re going; together we are family, we are united and we carry the love of God with us.
Be blessed dear hearts.