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All's Well

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I posted on my status but not here on my blog. Both exams went just fine. I was amazed at the score I got on the written test because I felt like I had run out of time before I got in everything I wanted to say. But I guess I covered everything the examiner was expecting. He gave me a 99.

I was nervous for the oral but it went fine. The two readers asked me questions about my final paper. They felt that I was very strong on the pragmatic side and not as strong on the abstract side, in both the paper and the discussion. That's not really anything new!

Next Tuesday I have a final meeting to discuss my practical project and then I'm done, done, done! All that's left is to pay my tuition so that I can graduate on October 6.

Anyway, thanks again for all the prayers and good thoughts and congratulations! I'm not going to be spending much time on Spark the next few days until the Summer 5% challenges starts on Saturday. As you might expect, I need to regroup and get some things done that I've been postponing. See y'all soon!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/24/2012 9:05PM

    Congratulations!!! I knew you would do great!

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JANETELIZABETH1 6/21/2012 5:30PM

    Wonderful news!! PTL... emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 6/21/2012 2:56PM

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Whoo Hooooooo!!!!!


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FRANNIEDID 6/21/2012 1:22PM

    emoticon Congratulations, you deserve this. I know you have worked very hard!

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JOANNKW 6/21/2012 12:01PM

    WTG Zella!

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JERSEYGIRL24 6/21/2012 11:50AM

    emoticon Michelle. All I can say is .. Wowzer!!! emoticon on getting such a great score. I can feel your relief all the way across the pond here.

Good luck in the upcoming challenge!!!

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VISUALLYRICS 6/21/2012 11:33AM

    So proud of you, Michelle!! You did it!
I can just feel your relief from across the sea... emoticon

love you!, Laura

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NDTEACHER1 6/21/2012 10:52AM

    Way to go!!! Proud of you!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 6/21/2012 9:52AM

    What relief you must be feeling to only have one meeting left. Congrats on getting such a great score!

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Testing...1, 2...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Tomorrow is the 2-hour written final for my master's and Tuesday is the oral exam. Just two days of testing, not three!

The written test could be on just about anything, so there's really been no way to study. I'm just going to trust that the Holy Spirit will "call all things to remembrance." Could you pray in that direction - that I have a clear head and good focus as I answer the test questions tomorrow and respond to the interviewers on Tuesday?

I've reviewed some of my old course notes and have been spending time in the book of Acts this past week. It seemed a good place to be for someone working on a degree in "Intercultural Theological Education" - the beginnings of the church, the cross-cultural mission and ministries of Paul and Peter and the others as they followed the leading of the Holy Spirit. For the oral exam, I'll be responding to questions related to my paper on the challenges of multicultural ministry.

So, the plan for the rest of this lovely Father's Day (having just spent about an hour on the phone with my Ddad in Florida) is to take a nap, go for a Nordic walk and then do some ironing while I watch Germany beat Denmark in the last group game of the European soccer championship. Sounds like a good Sunday to me. Hope you are enjoying yours!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/20/2012 8:47PM

    I'm sorry that I didn't read this sooner. By now, you have got is all done. I can't imagine that you did anything but great on both tests. What a relief it is to have it all over with!

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HAKAPES 6/20/2012 4:30AM

    So how did it go?
Let us know!

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JOANNKW 6/18/2012 1:13PM

    I know you've got this one down. Will be thinking of you as you ace your oral exam!

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AEO_SUNSHINE 6/18/2012 10:11AM

    Hope your test went well today and the questions were where the answer came easily to you. Will be thinking of you tomorrow as your defend your paper in your oral exam.

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REDRUNNERMOM713 6/17/2012 8:58PM

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers the next few days. You will do great!!

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WILDNTEXAS 6/17/2012 7:22PM

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VISUALLYRICS 6/17/2012 4:15PM

    Dear Michelle,
I am agreeing with you in prayer....& where 2 or more are gathered.... emoticon
I trust the Holy Spirit to direct your mind during this test.

lifting YOU up to Jesus, Laura emoticon

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RUNNINGOMA 6/17/2012 2:47PM

    Will be praying for you over the next couple of days.

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FREELADY 6/17/2012 2:13PM

    It blesses me to hear your thoughtful & orderly plan. I aspire to that.

What a exhilarating, worthwhile topic for investing so many hours of study & research! I am excited for you, that you are at the finish line! Yes, I will pray.

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FRANNIEDID 6/17/2012 1:28PM

    I know you will be awesome, you know my prayers are headed your way! emoticon

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 6/17/2012 10:52AM

    Prayers are flying your way for a wonderful exam!! emoticon

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Weak - No! - Week Ahead

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Wow, after finishing my paper and turning it in, I really felt like a wet noodle, a deflated balloon, an old dish rag, (insert further similes here). I didn't get much sleep last week and then all the tension that had built up over the three weeks of the assignment dissipated after I dropped off the envelope at the post office - I'm not just physically but also emotionally drained.

Feeling better today. Sundays are about rest and restoration and that's what I did. In fact, the sermon was on the verse in Matthew 11:29 that talks about "come unto me and you shall find rest." It was a good message, but I thought if the preacher said "rest" one more time, I'd fall asleep right then and there. Instead, I waited till after church and took a good long nap. After watching the Spanish soccer team ALMOST win against Italy (they tied 1:1), I went for a short run and now I'm feeling ready to face the new week.

I'm not sure what the best way to study for finals will be. As I was working on my paper, I also went through some of my old course notebooks and did some re-organizing. That was helpful, so I'll continue with that process. I could do some reading, but I've done so much reading for research these past few weeks, I'm looking forward to just sitting and reading long passages of the Bible just because. It's been awhile since I read through the whole book. I think I'll make that a goal starting with my birthday in July.

Thanks for all the encouraging responses to my last blog post! What I didn't mention is that I broke my last streak because of my mom's death on May 29. 2010. I actually started exercising again the next day. I've learned that it's one of my best survival techniques. But I didn't start tracking again till June 9. I learned today that another Spark friend, JanetR, lost her mom last week. Praying for her and her family today.

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BEATRIMSOON 6/13/2012 9:28AM

    Congrats on finishing your paper. Good for you. Amen to all of the above comments. emoticon emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/11/2012 11:23AM

    emoticon glad you were able to get some rest after church! Congrats on your streak. You are amazing. emoticon emoticon

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SJG1953 6/11/2012 3:00AM

    Congratulations on your great accomplishment of finishing that paper! May God restore and refresh you through and through! He's the expert on that! Hugs, Shirley

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/11/2012 2:16AM

    Praise God for rest and naps! -- well deserved!

May the memories of your Mom bring you a peace beyond understanding. I think it's hardest on daughters when they lose their mothers (mine's been gone ten years now) and I still miss her.

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CAROLYN0107 6/10/2012 5:52PM

    emoticon on finishing your PAPER!

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VISUALLYRICS 6/10/2012 4:36PM

    Your mother's passing must still be fresh... love & emoticon to you.
emoticon on being faithful to move...and to rest...to just listen to your body and choose wisely.

You are emoticon!! ~ Laura

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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Today I celebrate two years straight of daily 30 minutes intentional exercise.

On some days, it's been just an easy walk, or marching in place in front of the TV. Other days, a run, a long Nordic walking tour, or maybe a session with Jillian, Leslie or Denise. I can hardly imagine a day without exercise anymore!!!

Thanks, SP for giving me a place to keep track --- and thanks Spark friends for the encouragement, fun and accountability. You are a blessing and I appreciate you!
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P.S. I finished my paper and turned it in yesterday. Phew, glad that's done - onward to finals on the 18th and 19th.

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JERSEYGIRL24 6/12/2012 9:47AM

    emoticonon your streak. That's fantastic. Also fantastic about the paper. You will be so relieved when it is done.

I ended up signing up for the Summer Challenge after all as a Spirited Underdog. You actually inspired me when you said that challenges are challenging. BLC will be ending in the middle of July, so this will take me through the better part of the summer. Not sure about the fall. Too far away to even think about that. But I have found that in general, taking a Spark break is not a good idea. So I will be back!!!

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RUNNINGOMA 6/10/2012 3:58PM

    Wow! I had no idea you had such a great streak going! I'm totally impressed!

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JUNEPA 6/10/2012 12:01AM

    You are a great streaker, way to go !!

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/9/2012 7:08PM

    emoticon on your consistency! emoticon

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REDRUNNERMOM713 6/9/2012 5:08PM

    What an awesome streak and accomplishment Michelle! Very inspiring. Happy to hear you got your paper turned in too. You are doing so great. emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 6/9/2012 3:43PM

    So proud of you, Michelle!
What a streak ....to Move...move.... MOVE!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
and to complete your paper is Outstanding! May God give yuo the rest you need to recoup and added energy for tomorrow...to continue this Inspiring Streak!

emoticon Laura

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KALISWALKER 6/9/2012 3:34PM

    Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment!

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EBLOOMING 6/9/2012 3:34PM

    That is amazing~ APPLAUSE!!!! emoticon

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Hey, Firecrackers!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the Summer 5% Challenge:


I wasn't sure I was going to sign up this time around, because of travel plans, but I decided to got for it. The team enthusiasm and accountability have really helped me in the past and, although I didn't lost my 5% last time like I did last summer, I know that being on the team really helped keep me from gaining during these past few super-stressful months.

My goal is to get down to 63.5 kilos by the start of the challenge - I'm about two pounds away. That means that losing 5% during the challenge will take me almost all the way down to 60, the top of my goal range. Wouldn't that be awesome?

Anyway, come along for the ride. I'm a Firecracker, but I'm sure you'll have fun on any of the teams.
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In other news, my eyeballs are starting to mold to the shape of my laptop screen, but I am making progress on the paper. I have 26 hours to finish!

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    Good luck with your 5% challenge over the summer!

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NDTEACHER1 6/7/2012 5:01PM

    You can do it, my friend!

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CAROLYN0107 6/7/2012 1:13PM

    Would love to join the Firecrackers again but .... I can't walk yet. Perhaps in the Fall I'll be able to join in again.
Go Firecrackers! emoticon

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JOANNKW 6/7/2012 1:08PM

    Zella, I'm glad you decided to join - Woohoo to being able to see the top of your range! I did a little math and am in about the same spot - lose that 5% and I'll be able to almost be there!

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HAKAPES 6/7/2012 10:34AM

    That 26h sounds a lot to spend in front of the screen!
I hope you don't need your laptop to freeze to prevent molding of your eyes...

I signed up for the summer challenge, too. This extra accountability and team spirit do make a difference!

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