This is the one issue I feel most strongly about. I made this mistake and I am determined to keep others from making it. I want others to learn from my mistakes and errors since no one should have to go through what I’m going through.
In the summer of 2007 I graduated with a degree in English. This was after many long years of trying to double major in elementary education as well. Eventually I flunked out of the elementary education program and finished my degree in English. At the end of the summer of 2007 I started a masters of arts program in elementary education. I didn’t give it much thought and even though I have a passion for writing I thought that God was calling me to become a teacher.
The reason I rushed was because I wanted to move on with my life and finally have some success. I was tired of struggling financially and I figured that the sooner I started making that teacher salary the better. In the spring 2009 I had my first student teaching attempt and was kicked out halfway through. It took me two more years but in the spring of 2011 I finally got a second placement. I ended up being kicked out of the placement after one day. Since the program only allowed me two chances to student teach I was taken out of the program. It’s now a little over a year over and while I can most likely have the student loans discharged because I never graduated, my financial situation is still a lot worse then it was back in the summer of 2007.
I’m now left wishing I had gone for a masters in creative writing or English and am left with a lot of personal regret and resentment. I still hope to get a masters one day and will work hard to try to make it happen. However, due to my financial situation I don’t know when that will happen. When the opportunity does come, I will take the time to pick the right school, right major, and right financial options. If I hadn’t been so hasty I would probably have a masters degree and a good career path now. There’s a lot of truth in the saying that haste makes waste.
American society says that women should be thin and skinny. The media always slams women for gaining weight. This is even true of pregnant women and it’s plain wrong. This is kind of ironic since America is the fattest nation and is only becoming fatter. Still, thin is in and there’s no getting around it.
What does God have to say about this? He says that our bodies are a temple and that we need to respect and take care of our bodies. However, this doesn’t mean that we need to become obsessed with our weight. It’s important to take care of our bodies and our health, but it’s not fine to take it too far. We must remember that these are only our human bodies. Once we’re done with these words, we’ll have our eternal bodies which we’ll have forever.
We need to focus our lives on growing closer to God and following his will, not what our bodies look like our how much we weigh. Women also need to keep in mind that there are all kinds of guys out there. There are guys who like thin women, some like curvy women, and there are guys who like women with a little meat on their bones. Always remember that God loves you whether you’re thin, chubby, overweight or fat.
In the Bible God does tell us to be fruitful and multiply. Now we’re a population of seven billion and growing. We’re fighting for jobs, food, homes, clothes, etc. Instead of having children naturally, it’s important to consider adoption. There are women who feel that they won’t be fulfilled unless they have their own biological children. These women also feel that having their own biological children is very important. Christian women know that biology is not important to God. God is the one who creates us all no matter who our mother is. God calls on us to love one another, and this includes babies and children who need to be adopted.
Adoption saves lives, and provides children with the love and care that they need. There are many rewards and benefits to adoption. If you’re interested in having more then one child, there’s no reason why you can’t have your own biological child and also adopt. If you’re interested in adoption please visit Christian World Adoption at http://www.cwa.org or visit the Christian Adoption Center at http://www.christianadoptioncenter.com.
Shopping is a serious issue, so it deserves a second posting. This is a issue I feel strongly about because I’ve seen a lot of it. Suze Orman herself says that the less you feel the more you spend. This means that the less you feel about yourself the more money to spend. This is especially true for females. There is no reason to feel like less because we are all creations of God. We are all loved by God, and have a great value to Him.
There may be times when we feel unachieved or underaccomplished. There may be times in our lives when things just aren’t going right. God puts us through trials to make us stronger in our faith and He even tears us down so he can build us up stronger. There are no excuses to spend money recklessly or spend money as part of a therapy. In the end spending money is a quick fix and normally ends up in regret. God is the only therapy we need.
We all have knee jerk reactions from time to time. This is especially true for females since they tend to be more emotional then men. Many times these knee jerk reactions can be strongly worded, physical, or some kind of atypical reaction.
Before having a knee jerk reaction, stop and think. Take a moment to cool down before doing or saying anything rash or hasty. Thing about how Jesus would respond to a similar circumstance. If he wouldn’t respond in such a way, you shouldn’t either. Also remember that God is watching you even if no one else is.
A lot of the time, the thing that will cause us strong emotions isn’t even worth having a knee jerk reaction over. It’s also important to remember that an initial response may not even be the right one to have, especially if all the facts aren’t there. As Christians we’re called to be kind, gentle, and slow to strong reactions just like Jesus was.