Monday, November 21, 2011

Big News

I sent out this update email yesterday to some dear friends who have been praying for me over the last couple years, and I wanted to share this exciting news here as well!

Hi All!

I thought I would send out an overdue update.

Let me start with some fabulous news!  I was accepted into the nursing program at the University of Calgary, with the program beginning this coming January!  That's right - after a year and a half of waiting and praying, and three application attempts, this dream is happening for me, and I'm thrilled.  Honestly, though the waiting has been terrifically hard, I feel like I am a stronger and more whole person because of the way that Jesus has worked in my life in the intervening time of waiting, and I can't wait to see where things go with this program.  I was accepted into the 28 month program, so, for the next 28 months, studying will be commanding the majority of my time.  I'm looking forward to the challenge.

I wanted to thank all of you for praying for me as I've waited and wondered what would come next, and ask you to pray about a few specific things for the coming year.

First, would you pray for my housing situation?  As most of you know, I've been living in my grandma's basement for almost two years now, and it is not an ideal situation.  Now that I know what my plans will be for the next couple years, I'm going to actively pursue the process of finding an alternate living arrangement.  This will likely look either like having roommates, or finding something that I will be able to afford on my own while in school.  If I'm honest, I'm really dreaming about having a little space that is all my own - after the challenges life has thrown my way in the last couple years, a little retreat all my own would be fabulous.  That said, I'm open to whatever Jesus drops in my lap (and if any of you know of possibilities, definitely let me know!)

Second, would you pray for employment?  I'm employed on a temp contract through December (exact end date is still uncertain).  After that, I will need to find some part time employment to supplement my income while I am a student.  I'm hoping to find something that will pay well, and be flexible around what I know is a fairly intense school schedule.  Please pray that I would find just the right thing to help cover my costs for this next season.

And finally, would you pray for me as I dive into studying again?  Pray that I will be diligent, that my mind will be clear, that I will absorb and understand the material quickly and easily.

I'd love to hear from all of you and get an update on your lives as well!  Let me know how I can be praying for each of you as well!

Much love and hugs to all of you!

Lisa

8 comments:

Amy Nabors said...

Congratulations!

Samantha said...

Lisa!

That is so very exciting. What a praise. (: Just think, in less than two months you'll be in nursing school, eep!
Praying for your housing, employment, and motivation to study. (:

christianne said...

Excellent news, Lisa! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you.

I'll be praying with you through this new season. Can't wait to see how Jesus provides for you.

xoxo,
Christianne

kirsten said...

Congrats to you, Lisa!! What a great accomplishment. I know this open door is also opening up to a number of other unknowns. I pray for all the right opportunities to open themselves to you, and for Christ to make himself known in all of it.

Woot woot!!

Anonymous said...

:-) So happy for you!! God is great!!!
Sometimes waiting for something is important, although we often don't know why...
Praying for you!
Johanna

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing my joy everyone, and for praying and continuing to pray for me in this season! It was so fun to savor this news privately for a couple of weeks while some details were ironed out, but even more fun to get to share it with you all today!

lois said...

Brilliant, God's timing is perfect! I look frward to your journeying through nursing, it's a blessing and a priviledge to be able to serve people in this way :-) Blessings to you Lisa.

Lisa said...

Thanks, Lois! I'm looking forward to this in a huge way, and excited to see what God has for me in the midst of that! Blessings to you as well!