Jesus meets Martial Arts meets Nursing School

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Study Buddy, Hall of Fame Induction, Cousin Gives Sermon


At first I thought I was going to be jumping into Nursing School alone, with nobody to talk to until getting to know the new strangers in my class. I was a bit bummed out until learning some great news! It’s official that a friend I took CNA 2 classes with will be going to the same school as I am with the same course load! I’m so excited. She and I have been talking about what to get, nerves of not knowing what to expect, and happiness that we got in! I’m super excited! She is too, but she is due to have a baby in July, so she has other things to occupy her mind like a little one growing and kicking in her belly!

Orientation is sometime in June, so with 10 days left of May it is surely coming up fast! I hope we will get a lot of questions answered! I know that we will be ordering our clinical bags for sure. (They are duffel sized bags that have all the supplies we need to practice skills at home and also to bring to use when we do skills check-offs at school. They have needles, saline vials, iv bags, catheter kits, etc. It’s like a fun play date to go digging around in it to see what we can “play” with during school! It’s like a box of legos to a kid, so much fun it makes me smile just thinking about it!) Also, we’ll be trying on and ordering our uniforms. I have heard thru the grapevine that they are red and black, but I’m not sure which is red and which is black (scrub top and pants that is). Those are my “martial arts” colors for sure so it’s going to be colors I enjoy wearing!


And since I’ve mentioned martial arts, let me add another piece of great news! My Sensei (karate teacher) is being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year at the end of July! He has been teaching for 30 years nonstop, and has been training since 1975! He has 44 black belts under him (I think) and two have reached as high as 4th degree black belt! While we are all eons away from catching up to Sensei in rank (he’s 7th degree black), his knowledge is even further out of our reach. I am honored to train under his tutilege and hope to be more like him as I grow older. Congratulations Sensei!


I went to church this Sunday at my cousin’s church. It was youth Sunday and he had the honors and task of delivering the adult sermon for the service. He did a great job and emphasized how we should do good things one at a time and will thereby make a lasting impact as Christians on this Earth! It was a great sermon. Being only 18 and about to embark on his college career at UNC, I couldn’t be more happy and proud of all that he has done! He is a model gentleman and if he weren’t my cousin would DEFINITELY be husband material! 🙂 I say that to show how much I think of him and how pleased I am with his morals, values, and life! So proud of you Westray!


Scripture Regarding Nursing School Anxiety


I am so nervous about starting nursing school again. With it being an entirely new ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) program at a whole new school, I have many questions unanswered. How far away do I have to park? What are the instructors like? What are their teaching styles like? What color uniforms will we have? What books do I need? etc. I know some of these will be answered in orientation, but that’s not for another month. In the meantime I’m just left to twiddle my thumbs in nervous anticipation.

I’m also scared a little bit. Scared of the unknown and more scared that I’ll fail again. I know I didn’t truly “make an F” last go around, but I did make a D… by a percentage of a point. 2 questions on the final would’ve been enough for me to continue in the program. Oh, how much I beat myself up over those that I missed!

This particular verse is one that I have looked to in this time of anxiety and fear:


 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.

 Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,

 for the LORD you God will be with you wherever you go.”  

 ~Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

It is so GREAT to know that God is by my side through everything I go through. I pray a lot about Him guiding me successfully through nursing school, and it gives me a great sense of relief to know He is there. And even more than that, He knows my worries and my thoughts before I even think them. How amazing and profound this is!

Another verse I have is:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

 And He shall direct your paths.” 

 ~Proverbs 3:5,6

This one is good for studying for tests. Learning to prepare the best I can and after that, give it all to God!


One last verse is :

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

 plans to give you hope and a future.”

 ~Jeremiah 29:11


I know through all things God has me right where He wants me at this point in my life, doing exactly what He wants me to do. If at anytime my decisions don’t match up with His plans, He’ll make an adjustment no doubt! I SOOOOO hope becoming a nurse is part of His plans for me! I know that He wants only good things for my life, and He has it figured out so that I have purpose and meaning in the days that I live and lead.




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