Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I Will or I

The last few months have been most interesting.  I have experienced a wide range of emotions and I guess at times I am just weary.  There have been many changes – one son comes home from living 12 hours away, another son leaves for college 4 hours away, I move my parents to my town so that I can help them (don’t tell them that they need it – they are in denial!), my husband’s company experiences a work related serious injury of an employee, it was the summer that never cooled off (very difficult for a HVAC husband), AND I became Cheryl Cannon Groves, Ed.D.

Ed.D. – better known as Dr.  In this case I am a doctor of Educational Leadership.  I completed the final step on Friday, October 7th at Tarleton State University.  I am no longer ABD (All But the Dissertation).  ‘Such an awesome feeling – and I just wake up each day wondering if it is really true!  A person in my office asked if it was somewhat pretentious to be referred to as Dr. Groves – in a workforce office where the title/degree are not required.  I said ABSOLUTELY not……  once I started the course work and went through that experience I vowed to always refer to someone as Dr. Whomever – it is quite a task.  So – by all means if anyone wants to call me Dr. Groves, Dr. Cheryl, Dr. Mimi Falaca (there’s a story to that one….) or just Dr. – then of course I will gladly answer. 

Lots of changes and there were moments that I just wasn’t sure about anything.  I think that is how life is sometimes – all around us seems to change – all around us seems to fall apart – all around us is uncertain.  I wonder do I use the phrase I will or do I just say I?

I will Trust in Jesus
I Trust in Jesus

I never really thought how different those 2 expressions can be.  I will Trust in Jesus or I Trust in Jesus.

Third Day captures it best (this is the second verse)
What are you going to do when your time has come
And your life is done and there’s nothing you can stand on
What will you have to say at the judgment throne
I already know the only thing that I can say I
Trust in Jesus
My great Deliverer, my strong Defender, The Son of God
I trust in Jesus
Blessed Redeemer, My Lord forever
The Holy One

I think that is all that really matters.  Am I saying – I will or I?  I think many times I have used the expression – I will trust in Jesus.  But I have decided that I trust in Jesus is so much more and the statement that I want to be living.  If you haven’t heard the song – take a few moments to listen.  

2 Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

My favorite College QB - before the RRR

Debra, Chance, Brad, Dr. Groves, & Kerry in front of the entrance to the Cotton Bowl
(my first picture as Dr. Groves....)

Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.