Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I have big news!

Well guess what I'm doing next year?! I will be starting the journey of getting my Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University! I've gone for so long not knowing what my future held, it's pretty weird to know some of it now. I don't think it will really hit me until I'm taking the classes and doing assignments next year.

I think I've been so hesitant to get excited about the future, because I have had so little control over it during the past year of my life. Literally from January of 2014 and on, I have had little to no idea what was in the cards for me. The only thing I knew for sure, was that I needed to wait on God. I plan on writing a totally different post about how I came to the decision to get my masters...It was a huge lesson that I really want to share with you guys, and to document for my own memory.

But for now, I will just give some details on my upcoming school career! I start January 12th in the online program that Liberty offers. Liberty University is located in Virginia, but they have a huge online college as well. During the course of my degree, I will go to Virginia three separate times for classes called "Intensives". These will be week long courses of in person teaching and learning. I think my first one will be next fall! I hope to finish this degree in 2.5-3 years, and then I would need to complete the Texas State Licensing procedures so that I could become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have to counsel for hundreds of hours under a supervisor until I can officially become LPC certified.

So, as a commitment phobe when it comes to jobs and life...I'm hoping that these next 5 years in the process are worth it ;) I believe that this is the skill set God has given me (even when I don't seem very good at it sometimes), and I'm using his wisdom to move forward with it even though I'm scared.

There you have it! That's my big news :) Pray for my brain to wake back up, because there is lots of paper writing and intensive reading ahead of me. And pray for my faith to increase as I know I will be challenged repeatedly as I try to approach the world of biblical counseling.

- Bethany

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