|view of city from south loop/pilsen 2009|
2011 was a good year. It was a year of preparation and that is what happened. Sara and I were able to pay off all of our debt and increase our charitable giving, I started graduate school, and we even managed to get 8 hrs of sleep a night most of the year ;-)
2012 looks to be a busy year--in 2 weeks I'll begin my second semester of grad school, move to working part-time at my current job, and begin the adventure of full-time grad school. This summer I hope to road trip to visit PhD programs and in the fall I will begin my final year of grad school and my thesis. I will also be applying to PhD programs.
With all that is on my plate, especially in the realm of study and plans for the future, it is imperative that the truth find a home DEEP in my heart. To that end, this is the year of mediation. My intellect is an important part of my life and my intimacy with God. All the exercise it is going to be getting with a full-time grad school class load means that my heart needs to be kept fit as well. Rather than reading through the Bible again, as I have in past years, it has become clear that I need to go deep and build strong habits. I will be reading through the Bible with a program that has been recommended to me at least 2 years in a row, including by Doug (post linked to above). If you decided to do this as well, please let me know and perhaps we can share some of our fruit.
|many thanks to Jason Clark and his wonderful photo skills for this fun pic!|