My first blog post on my newly acquired website, http://www.mylife4jesus.com . I am really not used to blogging at all, and so don’t know how to begin or how to create a website or blog that is interesting and helpful, especially for the public domain, but one begins at the beginning, and so I commence.
I am notorious for NOT finishing what I start. I’ve been quite undisciplined pretty much my whole life, and my adulthood is no exception. Yesterday was my 43rd birthday, and of course I have plenty of aspirations for this coming year.
- To begin with, my biggest goal is to continue my just-started studies with Nations University. (www.nationsu.edu) It’s a “non-denominational” school of religious studies, and I would LIKE to complete my Bachelors of Religious Studies (BRS). Their tuition is extremely affordable, which is probably the biggest reason I decided to go with their school, and the fact that I school online and study even up to my Masters in Divinity. (Whew, that’s a huge goal!) I am at the absolute beginning; I’m taking my very first class, BRS 16.6, “A Search for Spirituality.” There are 5 modules for this class, and I have completed Module 1. Right now, the assignment is to read “The Confessions of St. Augustine” before I continue to Module 2. There was one written assignment to complete for Module 1, and I got 100% on it–very encouraging, I must say! Thankfully I am in a very good place in my life right now to continue this course, and this degree. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! And that’s the strategy I’m taking for this degree. Class by class, assignment by assignment, book by book. I must keep on keeping on if I am to accomplish anything at all–whether it’s in school or in life.
- I am also beginning to study the Rule of St. Benedict with the Oblates here in the city. (www.osb.org) I have long wanted to be a part of a Third Order in the Roman Catholic Church, of which I am a member (lol, like it’s a club!) and the OCDS (Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites) didn’t fit well, and neither did the Third Order Dominicans. I tried a long-distance association with the Brothers and Sisters of Penance (www.bspenance.org), and studied with them for a few years many years ago–has it been 10 years now? But that didn’t pan out either–either because I truly don’t finish what I start, or that I didn’t have a “true vocation” to the charism. I must say, the BSP gave me many blessings, and I was fortunate to be a part of their Association. After that I thought of joining the Secular Franciscans, but didn’t feel any sort of pull to them. I also recently checked out the Ecumenical Order of St. Franciscans (www.oeffranciscans.org), but again, didn’t feel like I had a vocation to them, either. I do love St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, but I feel that the time for my studying with them has passed, and I was blessed to have learned so much from that charism. Now, with the Order of St. Benedict–there has been a monastery in near-by Jerome, Idaho since the 60s, and of course I knew about the Oblates, but never felt, until recently, that the time was right to study with them and consider becoming an Oblate. Now it feels right, and I began this month. I have a couple of books of the Rule of St. Benedict, and a couple books on the Oblate life, and am still working through them. The thing with these different Orders and charisms is that your SUPPOSED to “try them out” and see if they jive with you, in order to know in your heart of hearts whether you have a vocation or not. So I hope to be writing more about the Rule of St. Benedict in the future, and to elaborate on the Oblate life and my own journey.
- I have recently moved in with my husband. Now, without going into too much detail (for this is a public blog and website, after all), I have been married for 5 years, then divorced him in May and remarried him in June, on the 6th. This is my 3rd husband and my 4th marriage, and we are both looking into the annulment process within the Catholic Church. My husband is going through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) with the Catholic Church, and the annulment process is necessary if our marriage is to be sanctioned and blessed by the Church. I am going to the RCIA classes with him, although I am already a member of the Roman Catholic Church. But as I said, I recently moved in with him after being separated since 2011, and we are making a go of it again. This time we are both clean and sober, which makes a GIANT difference in our lives and in our marriage. I WON’T go into detail about our past, (at least, not that I anticipate), but suffice it to say we have been separated for legal AND personal reasons.
- Hmm…I think that’s about it.
So! Three large “projects” going on in my life right now, all of which will require perseverance and discipline to finish. “One bite at a time.” More on my journey in a later post. This website is http://www.mylife4jesus.com for reason. I have given my life to Jesus, now more in earnest than ever, and I dedicate this blog and this website to Him, in all His glory, and for His glory, and because of the glory He has bestowed upon us by His death and resurrection. I am quite into the Bible, and into the Catholic thing, so I also hope to post some reflections on passages I find helpful or even difficult, and to elaborate on the practices of my faith. I also love religions of all sorts of colors, and have studied a couple of them in-depth. But I am a Roman Catholic, and committed to the Church. To the glory and honor of Jesus–may He be blessed forever, amen.