Sometimes we say it with just a smudge of sarcasm. Just a smidge.

I’m DONE. Stick a fork in me.

This is far different. This moment for me is one of many years of study, working, reading, writing and preparation. Tonight I finished editing and compiling all of the paperwork necessary to apply to become a Board-Certified Chaplain. It means that I have:

  • a Masters of Divinity from an accredited seminary
  • ordination and endorsement from a recognized faith group
  • four semesters (or “units”) of Clinical Pastoral Education via ACPE (Association of Clinical Pastoral Education)
  • working as a professional chaplain and accruing hours
  • writing on how I meet the 30 competencies of a professional chaplain — or try to

Next I meet with a certification committee who ask more in-depth questions about the 100+ pages I have assembled. They will determine if I can be recommended for board certification. That could happen as early as March 2015.

SO now… we wait. And relax. And do a little knitting!

I’m profoundly grateful. This journey has been a long one. VERY long. Yet God has been with me every step of the way, surrounding with with encouragers and friends.


Thanks be to God.


  1. Hey there, I found you via the NaBloPoMo blogroll.

    Congratulations! 😉 A very happy well done to you.

    As part of NaBloPoMo I try to comment on as many participating blogs as I can, and I also add participating blogs to my feed reader. So I’m just dropping by to let you know I’ve added your blog to my feedreader, I’m reading you loud and clear.

    I have created three bundles on Inoreader so that bloggers can easily visit other participating NaBloPoMo bloggers which you can find here –


    Your blog is in the second bundle.. I have a link up going at my place so my readers can find participating blogs which you are more than welcome to add your blog link to.

    Looking forward to seeing your posts. You may see me drop by again during November, but it might be December before I finish my first drop by to blogs if I don’t get faster at leaving comments. 🙂

    Happy NaBloPoMo to you!


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