****The winner of the giveaway is Angela @ Setting My Intention**** Thank you all for participating!
I made it, one year of blogging! Through the ups and downs and chaos of trying to blog in the midst of everyday life, I have learned so many lessons this last year. I’ve narrowed it down to five of the most important ones.
I couldn’t have gotten here without so many encouragers along the way. I’ve met so many beautiful souls and have developed friendships with many (you know who you are).
Through online courses and answers through email, Facebook and chats, I’ve been helped through many questions and problems.
As this first year closes, I’m still in disbelief about what God has done for me. Not only with the blog, but within my own heart. Slowly and ever so tenderly (pain of the past hurts) He has shown me where I need to grow and where I need to ditch faulty thinking and acting.
Sometimes I get down on myself, shouldn’t I be farther along?
The truth is faith, change and blogging is a journey. True transformation happens through time and hard work.
I’m so much farther along than I was a year ago. Isn’t that how faith growth is? We might not think we’re growing anything substantial, but when we look back, we are so much closer to Jesus than we were in the past.
Work-in-progress girl here. I’m expecting great things this next year of blogging!
What I Learned Last Year
(recapping a few posts)
Are you struggling with something right now? I pray you’re not, but somehow I know something is making life difficult right now, or it was yesterday, or it will be in the future.
How do I know this?
Because God tells us life will be difficult.
Christianity lived to the fullest involves struggle. ~Matt Nelson
I don’t know about you, but acknowledging this is a real downer. I dislike difficult, hard things and pain, and I can’t bring myself to roll out the welcome mat and invite them in. Nor am I excited they have graced me with their presence.
Who embraces difficulty?
Have you done something in your life which you want to keep hidden? Are there some skeletons in your closet?
Can I ease some of your discomforts, right here?
Everyone has a past.
The majority of us have a messy past. The rest will have something messy happening to them, which will ultimately become the past.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve done stupid and regrettable things in the past. Many times I’ve wondered if God would forgive me. My actions were awful, and I hurt people. I feel bad and Satan likes to rub my nose in my former mistakes.
Here’s what I’ve come to realize, your past does not define your future.
More Important Lessons I Need to Learn
Jesus greatest mission was to show people love through His birth and His death. Love was the cornerstone of His ministry. He loved us, so we can love others. This might be one of His most important lessons.
We aren’t showing love like we should. Do you agree?
Even within the church, we label, criticize and spew hate. In fact, we go to church on Sunday and then by Monday we participate in questionable conversations on Facebook.
We need to be intentional about how we act daily because Someone is always watching us.
A changed life should be evident in all situations.
Here’s the thing, we can’t fix anxiety instantly. We can take things to lessen the symptoms, but most times we have to accept it as part of our journey. We might not like it, but we have to walk through it. As a result, it’s a painful, frustrating journey. However here, we can also learn important lessons.
I Didn’t Want This.
The thought of throwing it in the trash feels great, doesn’t it?
A long time is not what we want to hear, right?
We want a quick fix, don’t we? A magic pill, a meditation, or even a supplement that can remove anxiety forever.
What can we learn from traveling the road of anxiety?
The Most Important Lesson
So many important lessons and discoveries have been unearthed in my heart this past year. I’m humbled by the responses of those who have emailed or messaged me telling me how I have impacted their faith and lives.
Really? It’s only little old me, the one who doubted her ability and testimony. I felt too plain and unnoticeable when compared to other’s faith and abilities.
What I’m realizing is, God uses what we consider weak, ordinary and boring to accomplish His purpose. We can’t look at ourselves and think we are too insignificant to be used by God. The fact is, this is exactly when God will use you!
Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important (1 Corinthians 1:27-28, NLT).
God can use you too. Right here, right now, you just need to be willing to take the first step. Can I encourage you?
God has plans for you and you have a purpose in His Kingdom, take a leap and enjoy the journey. It will be so worth it!
P.S. When you comment on this post you will be entered into the giveaway. Come back and comment on Thursday’s post and you will be entered again (2 chances to win!)
I will be closing the giveaway Saturday morning at 8 a.m. and drawing a name and posting the winner on Saturday.
The giveaway includes:
- A Nasturtium canvas bag (for the meaning beyond the Nasturtium flower and my blog)
- God’s Perfect Timing: Surrender. trust in Him
- The Anxious Christian
- A Nasturtium journal