Mid-July Musings

Do you ever sometimes feel like you’re learning so many things at once that you kind of want to stop thinking for a moment? Honestly, that’s where I am right this minute. It seems as if I’m at a point in my life where I’m really learning to listen to God. I’m not merely talking about hearing His voice, but actually obeying what He says. These things aren’t particularly related to what I’m learning in my quiet time, but more so the fruit of what I’m learning along with things in my life that have helped me learn to trust Him more. I thought I’d recollect a couple of these lessons in a blog post and share what God has been teaching me. Why don’t you pull up a chair and maybe grab a cup of tea?

*reaches for a cup of green tea*

It’s Okay to Go Slow

As most of you are aware, I’m participating in the National Bible Bee Summer Study again. Shortly before the Summer Study began, I decided that I would try not to focus on qualifying too much as I didn’t want to lose focus of the true purpose of the study, like I had been doing doing in years prior. For the whole month of June, all I did was work through the Discovery Journal and studied the book of Ruth. The Lord revealed to me many life applications and slowly, I began implementing some of them in my life. Since I hadn’t started studying for the qualifying test yet, I felt like I could take my time and soak up whatever He wanted to teach me. And not having the pressure made me feel okay with doing so.

Now, when July first rolled in, I started feeling a bit overwhelmed. By then, there were only 6 weeks until the Qualifying Test would take place and I began comparing myself. Many of the other contestants were already sufficient in many areas and it seemed like I had SO much to do. But you know what? The Lord showed me that it’s okay that everyone else is going faster than I am. What mattered most was the fact that I was beginning to learn to keep my eyes on Him and my relationship with Him was growing. Then eventually, the worries faded, and I just started studying.

There’s no guarantee of me qualifying as not qualifying just may glorify Him again. However, the Lord has been showing me that it’s okay to go slow. If He wants me to qualify, it’s going to happen no matter what I do and either way, I cannot do this on my own. I need His strength to press on, otherwise, my perfectionism will get the better of me. Going slower has helped me to realize that I don’t have to put in less effort and can focus more on what counts.

We’re Always Being Prepared

Last week, I had a conversation with a dear friend, and we were talking about how life seems to be moving so fast. It was a reminder of how soon change is coming. There are so many situations and trials that will occur in my life as I continue to grow up, but it’s hard being unaware of them. I can’t plan for them or figure out how I can tackle it. You know why though? God doesn’t allow us to see so far into the future. And honestly, I think He did that on purpose.

Being in the unknown causes us to trust Him more and to rely on ourselves less.

The day-to-day battles we face, including the small ones, are a test of faith to prepare us for the larger ones to come. This is what causes our faith to grow so that before the battle, during the battle, and after the battle, we are on our knees.

I don’t know what to expect in the days to come, but He’s the One who holds tomorrow, and I can lean on Him during the good and bad times. No matter what comes my way, He’s preparing me for the next thing.

Change Happens

Something that I’ve been dealing with for the past couple of months is social drain. After talking to people for a long while (an hour or more), I feel socially exhausted. I’ll just want to do something by myself and not want talk to anyone for a couple of hours. I’m not sure what the cause of it is and it surely won’t go away, so it’s something I’ll have to deal with for a while. I was talking with my mom about this a couple of days ago and told her that it’s kind of annoying; just the fact that I deal with it is.

But through the many conversations I’ve had with her about this, I was somehow reminded that it’s okay that things change. It’s all apart of who we are and we’re still fearfully and wonderfully made because God created us. There’s nothing we can do to make things we dislike about ourselves go away, so instead, let’s not focus so much on it. Focusing so much on the minor things about ourselves will only allow the Enemy to sprinkle lies in our minds that debunk God’s truth.

Why don’t we turn our attention to encouraging someone? Or filling our minds with Scripture by memorizing it?

Keeping your eyes on Christ in some fashion, whether through pointing someone to Him or becoming more anchored in your relationship with Him, you’ll praise the Creator more, despite the many flaws you have.

It’s been a minute since the last time I did a ‘favorites’ post, so I thought I would share some things that have encouraged me the past couple of weeks. Let’s take a look, shall we?

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I hope that this was of some encouragement to you. It definitely yelped me to process my thoughts some more. What has God been teaching you lately?

5 thoughts on “Mid-July Musings

  1. Heaven – thank you so much for this post!! Lately, God has reminded me that I don’t need to be anxious about anything because He’s always in control and His plan for my life is perfect. I often struggle with anxious thoughts, but God has recently been teaching me to put my full trust in Him.

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    • That is such a beautiful truth. He has everything perfectly planned out in a way that will bring Him glory and is best specifically for our lives. We have nothing to fear because He will sustain us. 💛

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