I hope your week is going well so far. Here a few life updates:
- Still Unitarian. Tried out the Trinity a while back, but I cannot deny some aspects of the Gospels where Jesus had real relationship with his Father, and testified that there is only one God, Yahweh. Also, I know for a fact from previous New Testament classes that Paul and the early disciples did not believe in the Trinity, as per their writings in the New Testament. When I thought I believed in the Trinity, I thought I received revelation from God explaining how the Trinity worked (Father: Mind; Son: Body; Spirit: Power/Spirit). But while I can finally understand the Trinity, I just don’t believe in it. I’ve had friends try to convert me back to the Trinity and ask me to repent and believe like doubting Thomas, but I know my faith. I know what I believe.
- Still in the swing of Seminary right now. I’ve thought multiple times about transferring somewhere else, but every Seminary that I like (and that seems accredited the highest standard) requires the use of Zoom or video chat in a live classroom. I’ve hated being in a classroom since at least my senior year of high school. I don’t mind doing purely online class, where I read the lectures on a PDF, watch pre-recorded lectures, and submit and connect with my peers via Moodle. That has always seemed perfect for me. Anyway, most accredited school (if not all) require at least some participation in a real-life class setting (even if by Zoom). So, I’ll just be staying at United until graduation. Most of the time I feel like I don’t fit (as Nebraskan trying to fit into Minnesota’s culture), but I absolutely love my classmates that I’m friends with on Facebook and my professors that I’ve gotten to know.
- Working at Walmart. Good news, I got a raise! A .22 cent raise, but whatever works. Finally starting to save up some money for the future!
- Thinking of the future. Kristin has hinted that she’ll be moving out when Brendan graduates so they can live together, and while I’m stressed that I’ve got all the bills to pay once she moves out, I’m looking forward to having this place to just me and Jacob. I can’t wait to decorate it as I please and turn Kristin’s bedroom into me and Jacob’s office. I’m hoping, with money saved up, to get more of my own furniture and start living like a real adult.
Well, that’s all folks!
Happy Ash Wednesday! And have a thoughtful Lent.
Alleluia and Amen.
It’s been a little while since I’ve given my last life update, so here it goes:
- I’m growing closer to Catholic salvation theology and mysticism. I’m enjoying studying about Heaven and Hell (and even Purgatory!), and how we can fall from grace. See my latest “Informal Thoughts” post for that.
- Advent is getting closer, so I’m studying up on Matthew and Luke and preparing for Christ’s coming to Earth. I’m really excited for Christmas, since it’ll be my first with a Christmas tree in FOREVER! Jacob and I had been evicted before we celebrated our first Christmas as a married couple with a Christmas tree. This year will be a first for both of us.
- I’ve been listening to Classic Christmas music on my Pandora/Spotify for the past month now!
- The job at Walmart is going good – I love working with Don and Jimmy!
- School is…okay. I wish I could do better on my assignments, though. I need to devote more time and energy into my papers. I don’t want to be the student I was in high school/undergraduate who always did everything last minute (and terribly).
- I got my own desk and marker board finally!! Productivity for the win (also organization!).
- I’m hoping to study Mormon studies and Pastoral Theology at Seminary! I’ve decided to be both a rural pastor and rural chaplain!
Well, that’s all I got!
Here is another life update, which is kind of spontaneous as I’m also working on homework. But here are a few life updates:
- I started working at Walmart! I am a cart-pusher, which means I’m in the sun most of the time I’m working, I’m basically working out as I push and organize carts, and am constantly listening to a walkie-talkie and my co-workers.
- I’ve decided to continue my practice of sabbath-keeping. I’ve been scheduled to work on Sundays for the next three weeks, but I’ll be letting my boss know tomorrow that I’d like Sundays off, even if it means cutting my hours. At this rate, with working four days a week, I’m clocking 32 hours a week. I’d rather stick to just the part-time (24 hours a week) that I originally wanted, so I hope this works out. Who knows. I’ve really enjoyed celebrating and practicing the Sunday sabbath each week, as not only does it include church, but it involves devoting my day to God and His Son Jesus. For another reason, it is a day of rest for me, where I do only a little bit of homework and just chill and read the Bible!
- School is underway, and I finally am getting my books for class. There’s a few bumps in the road as far as having to get physical books, but most of my books are on the Kindle app (or soon enough, on my Kindle Fire!). I’m learning more about how to be inclusive in my writing to other students who may not believe God is male, or that God has a gender. From now on, I just say “God” or “Godself” when I talk about God to be most inclusive to my classmates and professors.
It’s all very exciting. I still don’t have health insurance, and we’re looking for a new place to stay (all four of us), but I’m hopeful. Sort of. I know that at least God’s got something up his sleeve.
Thanks for listening!