Life is uncertain, but in the midst of it all, I’m learning that God is not. Uncertainties are part of daily life for us as human beings, because we don’t know the beginning from the end. He has never ever changed from eternity to eternity, and that is comfort right there. This year has been probably one of the most intense years of change that I’ve experienced, and I’m grateful that we, as human beings, can be changed. I’m thankful that Jesus is molding me more and more into His image.
Psalm 102:25-27, ‘”Of old You founded the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. “Even they will perish, but You endure; And all of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed. “But You are the same, And Your years will not come to an end.’
It’s not easy, but it’s good; I don’t want to stay the same selfish, proud person that I’ve been.
I’m in an uncomfortable really heavy learning season of life right now; it’s busy, it’s hard, it’s good. It’s full of early mornings and early to bed. It’s full of uncertainties about the future, about what God wants me to do next, and yet I’m so glad I’m right here. I know that every season is going to have those uncertainties, so I’m not regretting or thinking that I’m going to reach a place on this earth where there are no uncertainties.
But I do know that God is teaching me in every uncertainty to trust Him.
What are some of the sweet lessons I’m learning in this uncomfortable season of uncertainties?
#1) The gift of being present is something I didn’t treasure until about 2-3 months ago. I finally was reminded of that, when I started putting away my phone while we watched movies, started putting away my phone for the whole of Sunday, put away my phone while I’m working or talking to my sisters or my friends; there is so much joy in the contentedness of each moment.
I think this lesson has helped me really appreciate the simplicity of everyday life. For a while I was too wrapped up in being involved in everything in social media, and I felt stretched between social media and regular life. I felt like I couldn’t keep up, and social media wasn’t a helpful supplement. It was starting to become too consuming.
#2 – Sisters are amazing. I’ve taken so many walks with my sisters and car rides and talked about how much I do want to get married, how much I want to learn to be content in Jesus Christ more and more, joked, laughed, teased each other about guys, cried together, and spent countless moments with each other encouraging each other that God is GOOD, no matter what.
#3 – I love the outdoors so much, and I love dogs almost just as much; it is such a treasure to just go walking through the cold frosty morning air, beholding the glory and beauty of God’s hand in the: frosty grass, the brilliant blue sky, the fluffy clouds, the chilly edge in the air that just makes me soooo happy, and the fluffy tails of our huskies.
James 1:17, ‘Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.’
#4 – Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are THE BEST. Childhood foods will NEVER grow old. I guess I’ll still always be 10 years old at heart. 😀
#5 – Mounds of Peanut butter are so good for someone who used to struggle with wanting to control/measure obsessively every single bit of food she ate; I really feel INCREDIBLY FREE to just eat. Whom Jesus sets FREE is free indeed!
Lately food freedom has just felt so easy. I’m still working on mostly cutting out ‘counting calories’, and it’s going well. It’s still happening slowly, but it’s happening.
#6 – 5 days of exercise a week instead of 6, because I’m working with someone on some more digestion work. She challenged me to do 5 days instead of 6 day of exercise, and it’s been so good. I’m doing 2 days of running and planning on 3 days of weight, and I’m kind of excited to do LESS cardio. (says the person who used to be a hard core cardio junkie).
And these verses because they just OVERWHELMED my soul yesterday just looking at the love of God.
Deuteronomy 7:5-8, ‘But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.’
And that is the reason I can’t have the idols of food or exercise anymore or the idols of fear and ‘thinking of myself’ more highly than I should, because God loved me. He didn’t love me so I could worship me. He loved me so I could worship Him!
Last of all I wanted to share some blog posts that were a blessing to me this week:
Two Recipes I’d Like to Make This Week:
How have you learned to deal with uncertainties?