I know we’ve all been there. You’re going great, and things seem like they are totally going your way. Then . . . SMACK! You hit a wall or trip over an obstacle and fall face first into the concrete. That just happened to me a few weeks ago.

I started classes to get my MBA. Being a non-business major in my undergraduate class, I had to pass an intense eight-week program to cover the foundations of business so that I’d be ready for the master’s program. Sounds simple, right?

To be honest the first six weeks went by without a hitch. I studied my material and took my tests and passed them with flying colors. Then came Microeconomics . . . or as I like to call it the devil’s course. My brain ached. My eyes watered and not just from crying. I had to pass each test with an 85% or higher to pass the class.

I took the test and made a 75%. My world crumbled around me. I was sick with panic. I knew I had at least one more try before I had to purchase a retest, so in true Janie fashion I immediately took the test again. BIG MISTAKE.

I made an 80% this time. I cried and screamed. What was I going to do? I can’t get in the MBA program until I pass this class with an 84%. I took a breath and studied the material. The next day I signed up for the retake and went through the material again. I took the test and made and 80% . . . twice.

Out of options, I emailed my professor and asked what to do. I apparently could not pass Microeconomics with an 84%.

Before giving him time to respond, I went to the nuclear option and changed my degree to something easier. I know . . . the coward’s way out.

But, the failure of Microeconomics made me reevaluate what I wanted out the degree I was seeking.

I want to open up a marketing consulting company for Indie authors to help them get their books in front o the right readers. I want to use marketing to help my own book sells and get God’s Word out there to the people. Did I need an MBA to do that?

My professor contacted me and talked me into trying Microeconomics one more time. He had faith in me, so I had to have faith in myself.

During my reevaluation of the MBA program, I stumped upon the Marketing for Digital and Advertising Degree. This is what I wanted, but I still had to pass Microeconomics with an 84%.

Pulling up my big girl boots, I studied harder than before and prayed even harder for God to show me what to do. I took the test and made an 85%. I knew then God wanted me in the marketing program.

Just because God pushes us back a couple of steps doesn’t mean He wants us to fail. In my case, God wanted me to really explore what I wanted and how to get it. Without His pushing me back with Microeconomics, I would be well on my way to a degree that doesn’t fit my dream. Now I’m on the right path again.


Psalm 118:13 “I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me.”

Janie Winsell

Janie Winsell

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, "plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”