Monday, August 29, 2011

Give God a month and he'll teach you...

I can't believe a month has gone by since I last posted. I hadn't even noticed until a really great someone said, "When are you going to write a new blog?" I've got a lot of catching up to do- it feels like an entire summer has gone by since my last one, but I don't even know where to begin.

I guess I could start here: God is amazing. How anyone could not believe him blows my mind. I just get tired thinking about trying to deny his existence, simply because evidence of his love and greatness are literally everywhere around me. I feel like not a day goes by that he does something new in my life, and the past month, it seems like every day has been filled with HUGE things. He's taught me a lot this summer, and it hasn't just been the easy stuff.

He's taught me about faith. I thought I already knew a little about faith, but it took a little heartache and too much pride to get me to Boaz, Alabama. God put someone into my life that week that would be instrumental in every aspect of what He was planning for me, and faith is what made it possible.

Let me tell you this: If you can have enough faith to lose control of your life, God will step in immediately and take control. This is the best thing you could ever do for yourself. That doesn't mean it's easy- just worth it.

He's taught me about perseverance. I went on a two-week long interview. It was stressful and long and awesome. At the end of those two weeks, I was prepared for God to change my plans, yet again, for the future. He did. I got the job. Two weeks doesn't sound like a long time, but when it comes down to it, I was set in my way of life and had finally accepted the past year, and God decided it was time for another change. This isn't easy to accept, but like I said, God never promised easy.

Let me tell you this: If God puts something in your path, don't decide whether you will or you won't take it. You pray and let Him decide that. Our life is not our own. Persevere through moments of uncertainty because there is nothing more certain than the joy that comes from living in His will.

He's taught me about patience. You know what's more stressful than a two- week long interview? Waiting to hear whether or not you got the job. You know what's more stressful than waiting? Trying to figure out what to do about school and your current job in the mean-time. You know what makes all of this worth it? When God rewards you for your patience, and every. single. thing. falls perfectly into place.

Let me tell you this: Patience is one of the hardest lessons God teaches, and the process will be hard, but the payoff is far worth the pain of learning.

All of these things barely even touch on the last month of my life, but I'm back in school now, and I start my new (big girl) job tomorrow. I'm currently searching for a car (yuck), and I broke another iphone. There were 13 girls in the girls' bible study tonight, and I had a Starbucks date with a really great friend.

Let me tell you this: Sometimes, life is hard, but always God is faithful. Always.

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