Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Back to School & Lifelong Learning
As I was pondering these mixed feelings, I realized that regardless of my "school status", I am after all a Lifelong Learner. I believe we never stop learning and that we should contine to actively pursue learning throughout our lives. Here's what I'm doing to continue learning as everyone heads back to school this year:
1. Recommitting to daily Bible reading. Over the past couple of months, I've slacked off on my Bible reading, some weeks reading five or six days, some weeks only a day or two. I want to continually seek God's will for my life, and I believe His Word speaks to each of us . . . . if we will just open it and read it.
2. Learning the new updated versions of several software programs! This week I purchased a new computer and will have to learn all the nuances of Windows 7 and Office 2010. Since I was still using the "old" Office programs, I am at the beginning of the learning curve with these new programs. Gone are the simple days of Menu Bars and Drop Down Menus! I'm also still learning photo editing techniques using Photoshop Elements.
3. I will continue to meet with our local library's bookclub, reading and discussing a new book each month. Many times the books we read are ones that I probably would not have picked out for myself, but I have enjoyed most of them and often learn something new. For example, last year we read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society which is set on Guernsey Island during World War II. I do not remember ever hearing of this island before and actually did a little research about it after reading the book. It was the only British land occupied by Germany during the war.
4. In a couple of weeks, I will also begin attending a new Ladies Bible Study. This fall we will be using the book Lies Women Believe by Nancy DeMoss for our study and discussion.
5. And, of course, I will continue to learn new scrapbooking and cardmaking techniques! In fact, there are still several new techniques that were introduced in some of the online classes I've "completed" that I have not tried. I am hoping to go back through the material from several of the classes over the next few months and try some of the new techniques and layouts that I didn't have time for the first time through.
With all this new learning to keep me busy, I guess it's a good thing I'm not starting school after all!