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Choosing Faith Over Fear

Choosing Faith Over Fear

I’m a single mom pursuing a PhD, how am I going to make all of this happen?

Choosing Faith Over Fear

 

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen my journey to becoming a PhD student this fall. It seems like only yesterday I registered to take the GRE and began contacting former professors for letters of recommendation. In my emails I shared with them my career plans and research topics I want to explore at a deeper level. I also traveled around the country visiting campuses that would be our new home for the next 3-4 years.  To say my stress and anxiety levels were at an all-time high was an understatement. I’ve always wanted to PhD, but all of a sudden I felt like I had a boulder on my back named doubt.

I knew early on that I wanted to pursue my PhD as a full-time student. That meant leaving the security of my full-time job with a salary and benefits. It also means that I’m uprooting my son from our support system that I depend on . There will be a lot of sacrifice on both of us as I pursue this degree.

Is it worth it?

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7

I’ll never forget the day I got the email letting me know that I had been accepted into my #1 choice PhD program. I read the email through a stream of tears and realized that God was giving me the answer to the question I was hesitant to ask.  I had my answers. It was time and it was going to happen.

One of the scariest parts of starting a PhD program is figuring out funding. I’ve decided to not take out any student loans so budgeting will be very important. Since we are moving I will have to work hard at creating a new support system.  I also have to work on my time management skills because I’ll be transitioning to being a full-time student again.  Most importantly, I have to make sure to be as present as I can be with my son during this time. I’ve had numerous conversations with him about this new transition and am praying for his peace of mind.

I’m choosing faith over fear as I embark on this new journey.

What are you tackling with faith today?

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6 Comments

  • Reply Stacie

    Go ‘head, girl! My cousin just finished this journey and I’ve seen her turn her struggles into triumphs. You can too!

    Thanks for the free printable too!
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    April 22, 2015 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Siobhan (BeFree Project)

    First off congrats on pursuing your PHD and being an amazing mom. Hats off to you! A close friend of mine is graduating with her PHD next month. The time will go by fast and it’s awesome that your son will be a part of your journey. I wish you much success as you pursue your PHD and I know that everything will work in your favor. Stay faithful! Great post!

    April 23, 2015 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Carin Kilby Clark

    Congrats on pursuing your PhD and being accepted to the program you really wanted! I know it’s scary (anything worth having always is) but you’re on the right path – choosing faith and honoring who you are supposed to be. I wish you nothing but the best!
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    April 23, 2015 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Carin Kilby Clark

    Congrats on pursuing your PhD and being accepted in your first choice program! I know it’s scary (anything worth having always is) but you’re on the right path – choosing faith and honoring who you’re supposed to be. I wish you nothing but the best!
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    April 23, 2015 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Tyra

    I love this and it is one of my favorite scriptures. So important to try to rely on your faith and not shrink away from life’s challenges!
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    April 23, 2015 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply GinaB @ Mirror Watching

    I love that you are tackling your dream. I wish you and your son the absolute best.
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    April 24, 2015 at 3:44 am
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