That title makes more sense if you know that I’ve never been good at riding a bike, and few things come less naturally to me. Except possibly studying.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I would soon begin studying for the CPA exam. “Soon” came and went this past week. My expensive, yet surprisingly small box of pain arrived on Monday night. In the midst of a 60 hour work week, I didn’t find time to get started until Thursday night.

In fact, on my ride home from work Wednesday night, I was feeling defeated about work, balancing work with family, and questioned whether I could fit in something else that would require so much of my time and energy.

Thursday night I entered my test date in an effort to establish a study plan. I then received a warning that at the pace I had planned, I didn’t have time to get through the material and still review before test time. I hadn’t even started and I felt behind. And a little overwhelmed. And awkward.

I dusted off my study face, and hit the books. It doesn’t quite feel natural yet. In fact, I find myself struggling to remember how I learn, and what works for me. Or why I’m choosing to do this…

Nonetheless…on we go. Soon the studying will feel like second nature, and fit right in to our new normal. In the meantime, I’ll share an excerpt from “Jesus Calling”; a daily devotional book my grandmother and I are reading this year.

“Whenever you feel inadequate, remember that I am your ever-present Help.” ~Psalm 46.

The opening devotions have all been similarly motivational and encouraging. And I can’t help but feel like I’m getting a “you can do this” from God.

Or rather, a “We” can do this.