Also (and more importantly) I've started studying again. After writing to my tutors and re-evaluating my life I feel that I can get back on track, by saving some money now I should be able to afford my course, though it will be difficult I trust God can provide. Now all that is needed is willpower and time. I realise now that I have wasted time that I could have spent on my course but well over the past week I have finished an assignment (on The Book of Esther and it's meaning for Christians today) and my first unit on exegesis and hermeneutics as well as finishing my first assignment on Koine Greek. I've started a new unit entitled "Pastoral theory and practice" and am continuing to learn Greek.
So pray for me...
Oh and in other news I found a wonderful quote for those of you in the ministry:
"We offer ourselves, one way or another, to try to work for God. We want, as it were, to be the sheep dogs employed by the Lord Shepherd. Have you ever watched a good sheep dog at work? He is not an emotional animal. He goes on with his job quite steadily; takes no notice of bad weather, rough ground or his own comfort. He seldom or never stops to be stroked. Yet his faithfulness and intimate communion with his master are of the loveliest things in the world. Now and then he looks at the shepherd. And when the time comes for rest, they are generally to be found together. Let this be the model of your love."
(Barkway, Lumsden, Mackenzie (eds.) An Anthology of the Writings of Evelyn Underhill, London: Mowbray, 1953,