Despite a lot of external setbacks (extra shifts at work, doctor's appointments, recent death of a family friend), I am on track for the 15 page limit I have set for myself. To my team and Dr. Zamora: I apologize for not getting my draft out sooner and for not returning any feedback on drafts I have recieved. It has been a very busy few weeks for me. Just when I thought things were slowing down, returning to normal, something else would come up. I am hoping November and December are do not follow suit, but at this point, I really couldn't say. I will also be sending out my draft through Google docs tonight. I am trekking along as best as I can, and I will definitely be at our conference tomorrow!
This week I was working on finding the rest of the sources I needed for my literature review. I was successful in finding some more but for some reason I still do not feel completely satisfied. Between now and tomorrow before our class time, I want to do a rough citation and brief summary of some of these new sources. I think I really want to find sources that say exactly what I am looking for and go in-depth, but I am realizing more and more a good portion of this project may consist of me putting the pieces together. I just need the right passages or quotes to help me draw conclusions and state what I really want to say.
This week I am grateful that I had the opportunity to have a long discussion with my father about my topic. I believe my father is very knowledgeable when it comes to our faith and knows a lot about verbal prayer. He really helped/made me think about my topic further. He gave me a passage in the Bible to refer to, which was Matthew chapter six beginning at verse five, and I think it will help me when addressing “prayer practices.”
Right now, one of my concerns is being specific/clear. I realize I am doing a topic that some people may not know a lot about or could really interrogate. I want to be able to answer questions clearly when it comes to prayer and in the process of doing research gain more knowledge to be able to answer other questions too. I realize that I am not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to my faith, but I believe you do not have to be an expert to have a relationship with God, believe, or pray which is why discussing my topic with people who know very little is ideal.
In conclusion, my father also helped me to get out of myself. In the process of discussing my topic, I have to realize my strengths/weaknesses and realize other people’s strengths/weaknesses may be different. I have to take a critical eye and really examine everything I am trying to argue.