Today’s post is going to be a random off the top of my head post. Sometimes I will try and plan out my post so that there is a format to it or that people will like it. The truth for starting my blog not to have structured posts but just my thoughts out on a page that people can read my post and relate to what I am saying, connecting with each other.
My mind goes through so many thoughts throughout the day. Some can be positive happy thoughts, while other thoughts are negative. They can even been neutral random thoughts not making any sense at all. I can always get caught up in my head and analyse what I am thinking. Why do I think these thoughts? What does it mean when I think this way? Sometimes thinking about what I am thinking about can consume me. I become exhausted in my own thoughts wondering if others think this way. I try and stay in the moment but when my thoughts go on a tangent I can become lost and sidetracked.
When I don’t do my devotions in the morning or pray to God I notice even more so how my thoughts become consumed about myself. Intentionally being in the moment and listening to what people are actually saying is something that I strive to work on each day. Yes, it is always a good thing to process what they are saying but LISTEN to them. God didn’t just make one human in the world, he made nations full of people. He made us to live in community. He wants us to talk and LISTEN to one another. Whenever I am in community with other Christians, I have peace and joy in my heart. We can rely on each other and help each other in our walk with Jesus. I use to compare myself with others in their faith. I thought that there was a ladder that you had to climb to be the best Christian out there. This is false. Just like everyone has different gifts, we all have different fruits. We can choose to stay silent and let the devil win or we can speak life into people. Share our trials and our triumphs. When you open up to others, it gives them an invitation to do the same.
My Friday fave this week is…
Getting to go back to University!!
I have always done well at school because I wanted good grades. To get A’s or B’s in school was a good thing and most of the kids strive to get them. When I went into University the first time I was very confused. It was nothing like high school at all but in my mind I associated it with high school. I did my work, got good grades and graduated. Near the end of my first year of University I just wanted to get out of there and get a job in my field. I didn’t pray about continuing my education at University, I just made my decision about what I want to do and followed through with it.
Fast forward about a few years later and I am back at school. Why would I go back to University? This time I feel ready to go back. I have prayed about it immensely. I have talked with family members about it and have the support from them. In my heart, I know God wants me to do this. Sometimes I have doubted Him. This was not an easy choice to decide. I would go back and forth in my head weighing out the pros and cons of both situations. I would hesitate about going back to school because I would “worry” about my bills not getting paid or not having enough money to pay for tuition. I would get these negative thoughts in my head about how I am not that smart to be going back to school. These thoughts were so absurd but I would still believe them!
The verse that got me to jump back into the scary University pond was Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what will you wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life…” God takes care of the birds and animals yet I can’t trust Him to take care of me? He created me. He knows how my brain works and how I think. He knows the choices that I am going to make (good or bad) before I make them. I need to trust Him in my life now and in the future.
They say when God closes a door that He opens a window. Later on if He doesn’t want me pursuing school anymore, He will give me another path to follow. I know it may seem easier to say than to do but I believe that if we pursue Him every morning, everyday, every moment, He will give us some of His light in our troubles to help us through. We just have to make it through, and we will with His help.
What are some areas of your life that you need to give up to God? Are you giving Him some of your time in the morning or any time of day?
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, put painful. Later on, however it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11
Having discipline in life is difficult. People want things to happen now with no training or work to get them where they need to be. I know that in my life discipline is very hard for me. This year has been an eye opening experience. I have had to work on discipline a lot more in my life.
I have always wanted to run a 5k or 10k but I have never looked into anything. I was chatting with my friend one lovely evening and she informed me that she signed up for a half marathon! I was quite impressed that she signed up to run a half marathon. She encouraged me to sign up for a 10k. I thought to myself that I MAY sign up for a 5k because I could probably run it just fine but NO WAY could I run a 10k. Throughout that whole week I could not stop thinking about signing up for a 10k. Could I actually run a 10k? Would I be able to make it? It was much more of a challenge than a 5k would be. I convinced myself that I could run a 10k so after a couple more days of thinking it over I signed up for a 10k!
I am so excited for it! I know that I have to be dedicated and disciplined in my training so that I can make it through my run. I haven’t felt like I have had an exciting challenge in my life and I know that signing up for the run makes me accountable so I will succeed!
God wants us to have discipline in our lives. He wants us to live full lives with boundaries and knowing that we can control ourselves. I hope that this discipline in my running will spread to other areas of my life that need more discipline also. Are there areas in your life that God has asked you to be trained better in? Does He want you to have more discipline in your life?
Have a great week!
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Wow! I cannot believe that it is Friday again! Time seem to go by quite fast for me this week!
Ok let’s get into my Friday faves!
1. A new year! You get a new start and I always feel refreshed every time the new year comes.
2. Running. I signed up for a 10km run at the end of May. I never loved running when I was in high school but as I got older I started to enjoy it. I can go for a run and just empty my head.
3. The weekend! Even though with my job I have to work on the weekends, I still do enjoy the weekends. I think it is a mindset for me.
4. Snow! It snowed today where I live but it didn’t stick around. I do not like driving in it but when there is fresh snow on the ground it is so beautiful. I do hope it snows this year!
Have a great week!