After a hiatus from school for ten long years, I recently found myself stepping back into the world of learning in a classroom with grades, homework, and all of it. This time, it isn’t just any old easy subject; it is a journey back into the ancient language of Biblical Hebrew. As I embark on this new adventure, I can’t help but reflect on the beauty of starting something new and challenging.


The Nerves and the Thrill:

Starting something new is always a mixed bag of emotions. There’s the excitement of the unknown, the anticipation of growth, and the satisfaction of challenging oneself. However, there’s also that flutter of nerves, a whisper of doubt asking, “Can I do this?” The first class was a blend of these feelings. As the instructor introduced the Hebrew Alefbet, my heart pounded with both anticipation and a bit of apprehension. But isn’t that the essence of new beginnings? Stepping into the unknown takes courage, and it invites us to see our potential.


The Joy of Learning:

Learning is a lifelong pursuit, and certainly, I have been a student in many ways since the last time I was formally in school.  I have had the joy of learning what it means to be a mom, how to have a successful garden, and even the joy of learning how to play pickleball. It’s easy to settle into routines and comfort zones, but stepping into uncharted territory reignites our sense of wonder. My hope is that taking Hebrew will remind me of the joy of learning something totally new while using this skill to deepen my love of the biblical text and how it shapes our lives together.


Importance of Trying New Things:

Trying new things keeps life interesting. Embracing challenges keeps our minds sharp, boosts creativity, and helps us develop resilience. When we try new things, we rub up against our perfectionist tendencies… because we will make mistakes, and that can be hard to swallow. But mistakes are ok! A Broad Streeter who knows me and my perfectionist tendencies well recently reminded me, it’s ok to get a B … or even a C, don’t stress out going for the A, you have a full life so keep things balanced. I am trying to embrace that model of learning: learn, explore, and be a “good enough” student. Just try something new!


So as I start this journey of learning Hebrew, as a step in my ordination process, I’m reminded that life’s journey has many chapters and I am excited for this chapter of being a student again, homework and all. So, here’s to the thrill of starting something new and to the excitement of discovering the beauty in every challenge.


P.S. – Please pray for me!


What is something new you have learned recently or something you want to learn?


-Written by Brittany Porch

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  1. Pam Strange August 30, 2023 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    I love your thoughts! It is a reminder to me that no matter your age, there is always something new and exciting to learn!

    • Brittany August 31, 2023 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      I hope I keep my love of learning forever!

  2. Linda Van Meter August 30, 2023 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Something I am learning is How or take care of my Husband who is in a Hospital’s bed now for four months at our home and a total of six months. I know that I need balance with other things in my life too. I am working all things out in my mind and life. It is a journey.

    • Brittany August 31, 2023 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      All our prayers as you learn and live the caregiver role. Our prayers surround you all.

  3. Betty Lou Stull August 30, 2023 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Lifelong learning is so important and often it’s challenging to name the things we’ve learned outside of a formal classroom. You’ve done a super job of naming such experiences.🙏🙏🙏

    • Brittany August 31, 2023 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      When I thought of lifelong learning, I immediately thought of you. You model that so well and I appreciate it.

  4. Barbara Blanke August 30, 2023 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    I love this new adventure. I agree about not worrying about the grade; just enjoy the learning! Don’t sweat the small stuff, as they say. Your family is more important. So just enjoy the learning.

    • Brittany August 31, 2023 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      I so appreciate this comment. Cheers to the joy of learning (not grades) and the joy of showing up for my kid’s soccer games and ballet classes!

  5. Jeff Caswell August 31, 2023 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Can’t imagine anyone who seems more suited to the path you’re going down! Your first sermon showed that you’re already well ahead of most, so just keep it up! And here’s a little Hebrew to get you started: [Link deleted]

    • Brittany August 31, 2023 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      What kind words, I am excited to preach again on October 8!! Thank you Jeff!

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