I thought that it was time for a life update… This semester of junior year has proved to be hard, not in academics so much but in spiritual aspect. God has been teaching me a lot through trials every day.
For some odd reason, school has not been as tough as it was last semester.
Yeah, I still have assignments to do, projects to complete, but it is not as rigorous as it was last semester, when it was rough. I have a feeling school is fixing to pick up, though.
While I have been on a “break” from the stress of school work, I have definitely not had a break from learning as God has been teaching little (and big) lessons to me daily.
I have learned a few things already that I need to remember as I finish up this school year. Speaking of finishing up this school year, I am starting to get nostalgic. After this semester, I am officially a senior in college. How did this happen? When did I get so old? I am so close to graduation. I should have listened to my older brother when he told me that college goes by in a blink of the eye. It sure has. I don’t know where the time has gone…
This semester, I have learned that God puts certain people in your life… and he takes away some people.
Either my freshman or sophomore year, someone told me that your true friends are revealed junior year. I always thought, “Oh yeah right, I have my besties. They aren’t going anywhere.” What I’ve learned is that the people who are going to stay in your life are the people that want to stay in your life. Some people are preoccupied with school, other friends, etc. I don’t blame them! I am preoccupied, too, and this is a two-way street! The people that come into your life and stay are those who care about you and want to invest in you.
I have also learned that some lifestyles are not all as they seem.
Being “popular” and “fun” sometimes isn’t worth it. I won’t go into much detail about this, but just stick to your morals and let God lead you when you don’t know where to go. I was stuck in a BIG rut at the beginning of the year and it took me a while to be filled up by Jesus and just Jesus.
I’ve learned that there are a lot of people that can resonate with you, you just have to be honest and vulnerable.
When I am honest with my friends, I learn so much about them. It is such a blessing that I have great Christian friends that I can go to when I need anything. So many of my friends can relate to any struggle I am dealing with, and they lead me to the cross or tell me how they were once in my situation. It is so relieving to here, “me too.”
I have learned that it is okay to not be ready for a relationship.
Thinking over the past months and years that I was ready to be in a relationship, I kept on asking God, “Where is he?” I realized though, that God has a plan perfectly designed for my life. The guy I am going to marry is going to come when it is God’s will, not mine. In the meantime, all I can do is grow with God, learn more about Him, and be stronger in my faith so that I can be dependent on only Him.
Next on the list… Naps are a good thing.
I have been taking a lot of naps this semester and let me tell you, they work wonders. Those three in the afternoon naps are so under-appreciated, but so good. Is napping a genetic thing? It totally might be because my dad takes a nap everyday, no matter what. I guess I’m taking after him! God has taught me that rest is important and it’s okay not to be constantly moving. It is good and healthy to take a break, to treat yourself, and to just be calm.
From going to church and being emersed in the Word, I’ve learned that it is important to spend time with the Lord.
At the beginning of the semester, I ignored Him, tried to do life without God. It was a complete disaster. I was empty, was craving, and had nowhere else to turn but to Him. I have been trying to spend time with the Lord everyday, usually right before I go to sleep.
At my church, we just had a sermon on how important it is to be reading the Bible and learning about it so that we can apply that knowledge to our lives and to worship God. I have been trying to do this everyday. For me, spending time with God goes as follows… I write what’s on my mind/a prayer in my journal, I read a devotional, I spend time reading my Bible, and I just pray. The Lord answers prayers, y’all. He has been so good to me despite the trials and the hardships that I’ve faced this semester.
Last but not least, I have learned that I have such an incredible passion for blogging.
This might be presumptuous, but I think that the Lord has made my passion clear in my life: blogging- I love it so much. I could blog from 5AM to 10PM without a break and still love it enough to do it everyday of the week. The writing, the expression of my thoughts, the pictures, the technology, the techy-stuff, the fashion, the friends, the community, and the mission to share the Gospel, that’s why I love it.
The main reason I blog is not to show you the latest fashion trends (to be honest, I don’t even know what they are at the moment), but it is to share the love of Jesus with y’all, no matter where you stand on the religion spectrum. I hope that through my blog, through my words, you are able to see the Truth that God heals, protects, comforts, and loves. He loves you, even though you mess up and you sometimes think that you aren’t so great. He loves you just the way you are, not for what actions you’ve done, but he loves you for who you are.
That’s all for now, but I hope to make another one of these posts soon! Love y’all!