Friday, May 17, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Song

I smile as the words come through the radio.  It's my song.  I smile now, but not long ago, I sobbed every time it played.  I would cling to the promises every time it came on. 

Going back to school at 30 was one of the hardest things I'd ever done.  I took classes - hard classes, like microbiology and anatomy - for a year before applying to the program I dreamed of.  I was accepted, and started an even harder journey at 31.  It was unbelievably challenging.  We watched as girls dropped out, one by one, and we lost almost 1/3 of our class in the first year.

I was terrified and overwhelmed.  I hung onto to God, grabbed onto scriptures and song lyrics and every promise that could give me hope.  The song became my anthem.  I seemed to hear it every day, every time I got in the car to cry all the way to school, every time a skill or a project or a class drove me to despair and I thought I would never make it.

Now it's over.  The song that I held so close to my heart as my battle anthem is now my victory song.  It gave me hope.  It carried me through.  It reminded me that God is faithful.  Now I hold the proof in my hands - and the song in my heart.

My graduation day, just before receiving my Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene


  1. Beautiful! So awesome that you worked so hard to attain your dream. I'm curious, what was the song? :)

    1. Thank you! It was "Whom Shall I Fear?" by Chris Tomlin - the last semester of school, I honestly think I heard that song every day. Almost every time I turned on the radio, I heard it

  2. hi Amanda! first time visiting from FMF. Love the title to your blog and your sond redition-I went to school at 42, just graduate myself and am heading to Grad. school. God's grace is immeasurable. Blessings to you!

  3. I hear you, Amanda! I went back to school in my early 40s ... hard work, but oh was it worth it! Congrats to you!


  4. Absolutely wonderful! Congratulations to you! Blessings, Beth


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