Two years ago today I was in the Cayman Islands packing up my life for umpteenth time, having lived in six Caribbean countries over a 24 year period. The USA which was always a vacation and shopping destination was becoming my home as I prepared to move again from familiar to unfamiliar territory.
Yet it seemed destined to happen. In 2006 The Bahamas amended a law which required me to train as a mediator to continue my work there. That exposure to mediation blew me out of the water – I was so excited to learn that there is a structured way to talk through differences, and took every opportunity for further training that I could find.
In 2007 I was in training at Pepperdine University, and during a break told my lecturer how drawn I felt to this field. He gave me his card and put me in touch with Beth Morrow in the admissions office of Lipscomb University. Beth and I communicated for nine years. When she updated me on the new and exciting things happening in the programme, my replies always ended with “I don’t know how I can do this program full time”.
Well, life love and marriage happened, and in 2016 my dear husband announced a job assignment that meant he would leave Lordstown, Ohio for Spring Hill, Tennessee. As I sat in the balmy Cayman evening with country music songs running through my head, a still small voice asked … “where IS Lipscomb University?” So I checked … and Lipscomb University was 35 miles away from Spring Hill. 35 miles!! I knew whose voice that was!!
Two years ago today I was in the Cayman Islands, packing up my life for umpteenth time, but this time was different. As scared as I was of the unknown, I trusted God who always guided me and by His grace, graduated from Lipscomb University last December with an M.A. in Conflict Management. I couldn’t have done this without God. He knew my areas of weakness, and showed Himself strong to the very end.
My final assignment was a capstone paper submitted to Professor Beth Morrow – who is now an adjunct Professor at Lipscomb University!! The same Beth Morrow who worked in Admissions, and communicated with me in 2007!! That’s Prof. Morrow and I in the photo!!! I could stay right here all day and preach a sermon on our timing vs. God’s timing, but there’s a slice of chocolate cheesecake waiting on me.
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Congratulations, cuz. I enjoyed reading your first post. I, too, am a bit of a believer in destiny and actively pursuing it. Wishing you great success and fulfilment in your new calling.
A great beginning Cuz.
Looking forward for every post. This is going to be an exciting journey.
Hello Tabs….let us continue to give God the Praises He so rightly deserves. He has brought us a long way….and our journey continues. Blessings multiplied to you and yours as you continue this journey
Very impressive. I am proud of you, girl.