Answered Prayer Times Two

I’ve commented in some of my previous posts that our family has been dealing with some “challenging” issues over the past few months. We are seeing some relief in that area, but still have a long way to go. That said, when dealing with stressful issues, over an extended period of time, it can take its toll on you, or at least it has on me. I found myself not having the same energy level I usually have. I found that I was losing interest in things that excited me in the past. I even found it difficult to concentrate, especially when in prayer which is very unusual for me.

Yesterday, when I went for my hour of Adoration at the Chapel, I just sat there and mentally talked to Jesus. I told him how grateful I am for the many blessings in my life which I am. But I also found myself telling Jesus how frustrated and tired I have been feeling lately. I said I didn’t mean to complain, but the events of the past few months were just wearing me down… I repeated the phrase I’ve heard so many times over the years “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” Then I said “Jesus, I just need to have some good news for a change, something I can get excited about, because lately, I’ve forgotten what that feels like.” I said “I know you have a plan for me and my family, and all things will work out as they should in your time, and I’m trying to be patient to that end… But can’t you just give me one little fun thing to get excited about soon?’

I usually stay a full hour in Adoration, but yesterday, I left after only a half hour, because I just felt that I couldn’t get fully into saying the rosary or any other formal prayers I usually recite during my Adoration visit, and I just didn’t have anything else to say that I hadn’t already said. So I left.

Today, my daughter, Shantel, asked me to take her to school early so she could meet with an advisement counselor to ensure she has all the graduation credits needed to graduate in May, and apply for graduation.

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We knew Shantel would graduate with an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, but were VERY, happy and “VERY, VERY EXCITED” to find out she will also graduate with a second degree which is an Associate in General Studies (AGS) degree!!! She earned the second degree by carrying a full load for the past six semesters at South Mountain Community College, taking even more classes than what she needed for just one AA degree. I didn’t even know she was taking more classes than what she needed for her AA degree…

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When I saw both the AA and the AGS boxes checked on the graduation application, and the advisement counselor told us that Shantel earned and would receive both of these degrees and that they will both transfer over to her Bachelor ‘s degree in Health Care Administration at Grand Canyon University in the fall, all I could think of was, THANK YOU Jesus for my prayer answered, times two…!!! This was a wonderful surprise, something that lifted my spirit, and made me remember what being reeeal excited feels like… 🙂

Both my husband, Bill, and I are so very proud of the hard work and dedication Shantel has applied to her education. She never wavered in her commitment of putting education first, even when she had to fight to have her special needs met, or had to ask for extra help because her special needs were not being met… But all that hard work paid off with not one, but two degrees, and more to come… Grand Canyon University she’s on her way!!!!

Stay Tuned!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 19:57:11

    OUTSTANDING! And that’s to all three of you cause we know it takes a village! So proud! Love you all…xoxo MORE

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  2. Ellen Kaufman
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 22:03:31

    That is wonderful news for you and Bill. Shantel is most deserving of the honor and she has worked hard and been so devoted with all the obstacles she has had to deal. She should be so proud of herself. You and Bill and Shantel have made it good team work .

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  3. katsbynp
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 04:09:33

    How wonderful! Please offer my congratulations to Shantel! I am beaming with pride for her. Congratulations to you and Bill as well. God does answer prayers in a most awesome way.

    Reply

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