By Chris Karenbauer
Professor of Psychology Kristin DeWitt has had a full profession in lecturers since she graduated from Clearwater Christian Faculty in Florida. Initially, DeWitt solely desired to pursue her bachelor’s in Bodily Training, however after she graduated, the president of Clearwater urged her to pursue a grasp’s diploma.
“I heard that when you had been getting a bachelor’s diploma in psychology, you needed to go on for a grasp’s, and I didn’t need to get a grasp’s,” DeWitt mentioned.
Paradoxically, Dewitt now sits with two grasp’s in Counseling Psychology and Medical Psychology with a doctorate in Medical Psych.
All through her profession, DeWitt has discovered to belief that God has a plan for her life. In 2015, Clearwater Christian Faculty closed down, and DeWitt was pressured to discover a new job.
“It was a fairly troublesome transition, and arduous to belief the Lord by way of it,” DeWitt mentioned. “The transition from a job that I had been at for nearly 30 years, to lose that job after which have to seek out one other job, was a extremely scary time in my life.”
DeWitt turned to Isaiah 41:10,13 throughout her time looking for a brand new job.
“Concern not for I’m with you; be not dismayed, for I’m your God; I’ll strengthen you with my righteous proper hand. For I, the Lord your God, maintain your proper hand; it’s I who say to you, ‘Concern not, I’m the one who helps you’.”
This time in DeWitt’s life taught her to lean on God to provide her energy, assist her and uphold her.
In July 2015, God answered DeWitt’s prayer and located a instructing job at Cedarville College. Now, she teaches full-time, and he or she additionally tries to seek out time in her busy schedule to mentor her college students.
“Via the stressors of life or a busy schedule, there’s significance in leaning into God. And I do know that I should be within the Phrase every single day as a result of that’s the place my energy comes from and my steering,” DeWitt mentioned. “But additionally in mentoring college students or instructing college students, I’d not need to do it with out being within the Phrase of God to information me.”
DeWitt expresses her gratitude towards her college students for his or her ardour to study within the classroom and to develop spiritually. She describes how their habits encourages her to maintain going, even when she is swamped in lessons.
“When it comes all the way down to my numerous lessons, it’s simply how my college students are in desirous to study extra and the way inquisitive they’re with a few of their questions,” DeWitt mentioned.
It doesn’t matter what she’s doing – teaching, instructing, mentoring or spending time alone – DeWitt is at all times leaning on God and turning to the Bible to information her every single day. She appears to be like to Romans 15:13 to information her.
“Could the God of hope and peace in believing, in order that by the facility of the Holy Spirit you might abound in hope.”
“As I dwell my life in entrance of scholars, with college students, mates, and others, I need to mirror his hope and pleasure to the purpose of even overflowing with it,” DeWitt mentioned.
Each morning, DeWitt gained’t get off the bed with out thanking God for his mercies in her life. Mercies she believes are personalised only for her, for everybody who places their belief in him.
DeWitt’s dedication to Christ displays on her college students and conjures up them to pursue Christ. From her common psychology lessons to her extra complicated lessons, DeWitt makes a degree to share a devotion together with her college students earlier than she begins class. For some college students, the devotion goes unheard, however others take to coronary heart the encouraging phrases shared every single day.
“I’ve discovered how one can look to the Lord in all seasons of life by way of her impactful devotionals and constant take care of my non secular stroll together with my educational success,” senior psychology main Megan Maccariella mentioned.
DeWitt’s hope for her college students is proven in her prayer “to glorify God, run to him shortly, serve him wholeheartedly, cling to his phrase and make him recognized throughout this nation and world.”
Chris Karenbauer is a senior Journalism main and the Editor-in-Chief for Cedars. She enjoys studying and writing, hanging out with mates and listening to music.
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