Monday, September 16, 2013

A New Journey & A Farewell

As many of you know, I have just recently started graduate school. About a month ago I started occupational therapy school (is this real life?!?)! I was so excited to start this new journey, but I have to say that I didn't understand how hard it would be. In recent weeks I've come to realize that graduate school is a whole different ball game than anything I've ever experienced. It's harder, faster, and more intense than any academics of my past. The first few weeks of grad school were extremely overwhelming, and I couldn't help but wonder if the feelings of being overwhelmed by all the assignments, readings, and tests would ever end.  
The start of a new journey...

But I am thankful to say that things have calmed down! The Lord has really helped me organize graduate school life. Although it took a few weeks, I finally have figured out my routine. It has been a huge blessing to finally have those things figured out! The Lord has really helped calm my heart and given me the tools I need to succeed. Now I can officially say that I am loving school! I am enjoying getting to know each one of my classmates and I'm absolutely loving learning so many new things (especially about my favorite subject). The opportunity to be able to go to school is such a gift from the Lord! I am thanking Him for opening up this door for me to attend occupational therapy school. The Lord has truly given me a peace and a confidence that this is where He wants me to be. Have I told you why I'm going to grad school and why I want to be an OT? Probably not. Well then, let me share my story with you...

So basically, occupational therapists help individuals who have disabilities, illnesses, or injuries get back to the skills that are necessary for daily life. OT's help people get back to doing the things they need and want to do (whether it be for a job, in the home, in the community, or for leisure activities). OT's help people be as independent as possible in any area of life. OT is so awesome because we get to help people enjoy and live the life God has given them!

What I want to do, specifically, is work with kids who have disabilities. The way I got started working with kids with disabilities was in high school. After spending one day in high school watching a therapist who worked with kids with disabilities, I was never the same. I spent four more summers going and hanging out with those kids I loved it so much. I realized that first day, that working with kids with special needs was what I wanted to do. Since then, the Lord has grown in me such a love and a passion for people with disabilities. It has been my dream to be able to work with that specific group of people (especially kiddos)! I knew I wanted to do something where I could help people with disabilities achieve their dreams and goals. I wanted to do something where I got to work one-on-one with people and treat people like they are human beings, worthy of my time, energy, and love. I wanted to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. I wanted to speak for those in this world who have been abandoned and afflicted. I wanted to do something where I could change a life for the better. And as the Lord opened doors along my journey, I came to see that OT was the perfect fit for the passions He has given me. Truly, through this field, I am going to have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Ultimately, I know it is the Lord who has given me the heart, the talents, and the opportunity to work with these kids. He is the one who has opened the door for me and the one who is calling me to walk through this open door in faith. I am so thankful and so excited to be on my way to becoming an OT!  All of that  being said, graduate school requires much of my time and energy. The energy that I don't spend on school is spent at home being a wife and loving on my husband (among many other things). Thus, although I'm sad to announce this, blogging is one of the things I am going to have to say "no" to during this season of life. After much prayerful consideration, the Lord has shown me that at this time in my life, my other responsibilities take priority over this little (but wonderful) blog. Although this is hard, I know that the Lord has called me to focus my energy elsewhere for now.
"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."                   ~Alexander Graham Bell
So, my friends and family, I am saying goodbye for now! I love you all and pray that you have been encouraged by this little blog. I have been encouraged by each one of you who has helped me and lifted me up along the way. I pray that someday maybe the Lord will open up the door for me to continue writing here at Forever Faithful.

If you would like to contact me for any reason, please feel free! I would love to talk to you. Just email me at kaseydwerner {at} gmail {dot} com!

Love you all! May the Lord bless you!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

And the Winner Is...

And the winner of the Fierce Women Book Giveaway is...


Entry #10 Erica Warner

Congratulations Erica!! 
Please keep an eye out for an email from me later today!


Have a blessed Saturday everyone! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thankful Thursdays: Prayers, Pizza, and The Word

This week I am so thankful:
-That we got to hang out with two of my fellow classmates for a pizza and game night this weekend! It was so much fun and a nice time just to rest and take time away from school.

-That one of my classmates and I got together and prayed for our class this week! We prayed for our classmates, for family members, and for help organizing our priorities. It was a huge blessing to my heart and such an encouragement. I was thankful that the Lord used this time of prayer to bring me back to Him and to His promises.

-That the Lord has provided me several opportunities in the last week to get back into His Word. His Word is my source of life. His Word is the food that sustains me and what lights my way. I need it daily. I'm praying for more times alone with Him this week.

-That I am starting to get back to exercising regularly. I found a great circuit workout and my legs are dead from doing it two days ago (feel the burn!!). I'm thankful because I enjoy it and it really helps me to function better day to day.

-That my husband is so wonderful to me! He's been making me breakfast all the time in the morning (making my new favorite food called "eggs in a hiding place"), taking care of dishes when I have homework to do, and he's just been overall patient and so kind. Thank you, my love!

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