By God’s grace, I finally submitted the first draft (committee copy) of my dissertation on December 1st, 2022. I still remember that surreal feeling that I felt that night when I clicked SEND. It was a long, hard push. I would be lying if I say I never felt like quitting, because I did from time to time. But I knew I had to keep moving. One day, when I realized that my draft–however messy and chaotic it was–had been growing, I began to record word count on sticky notes just so I knew that God was faithfully carrying me. Looking back, I now know even more clearly that God was always there with me. I praise God for his faithfulness. I pray God will continue to carry me as I get closer to the finish line. 神様を賛美します。

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