Happy New Year Everybody! Who’s excited for 2021?! I was recently tagged by Heaven @ Glorify Christ blog for the Reflections tag, which she created. Genius! Thanks Heaven for tagging me!
The rules are:
Thank the person who tagged you
Share 8 things that God has blessed and/or taught you in 2020
Tag 5+ bloggers
Let’s get started!
1. Only God can ever truly satisfy
This is a lesson that I’ve been learning over the past two years, but I think I finally got it into my head real good this year. Only God can give true satisfaction. In the years 2018 and 2019 I was really struggling because one of my dearest friends had moved away and I felt very lonely and left out. I couldn’t seem to move on with my life. I was stuck on this place of longing for a friend and being a part of a group. But God taught me that it really doesn’t matter how many friends you have, or if you have any at all. Your friends can’t satisfy your desires. Only God can.
2. Jesus, Your Best Friend Forever
Through the circumstances I was going though, I not only needed to realize that God was the only one who could satisfy, but He is also the Best Friend Ever. You know that saying Best Friends Forever. It’s true with Jesus. He’s gonna be your best friend forever. If you accept Him. I had to come to a place of accepting His friendship. I knew He was the best friend and I already accepted Him as my Lord and Savior, but I needed to involve Him in every part of my life, like you would with a friend.
3. National Bible Bee
I kind of stole this from Heaven, but the National Bible Bee has been a big part of my year. I signed up on the first day registration was opened and anxiously waited to get my Discovery Journal. Which was a lesson all in itself because due to Covid, it came almost three weeks late! I learned to Trust God in that situation and I hadn’t even gotten the study yet! =) But anyway, the National Bible Bee has taught me many things, including different study tactics, memorization helps and other more academic things. But I’d say probably the most important was knowing God is Trustworthy. I deal with a lot of fear (which you know about it you have read my testimony) so when I saw that the theme this year was trust. I knew it was not a coincidence. I knew I needed to learn this lesson. And learn I did!
4. Ministry Opportunities
This summer I had the opportunity to direct VBS. This was both a fun and stretching experience. I am grateful for the leadership and people skills I learned. I also learned how to deal with the stress of plans not working out, people not showing up, last minute changes and lots of rough, but growing experiences! I also had the opportunity to serve at a camp and help with making and serving the food and doing hands-on projects like painting picnic tables and cleaning out bathrooms, attics, and old buildings. This taught me how to deal with my fear of my allergies away from home and from my comfort zone. And also, how to work hard even when some of your work isn’t recognized.
5. The Value of Family
I think a lot of people learned the value of family this year. Staying home and being together might help a little. But I am so grateful for the family God has given me. And the chance to be a leader and a good example in my home. I learned to be kinder, love harder, and give more patience. I’m still learning those things!
6. Vibrant for Jesus
Last March I started a blog! (No kidding! I would have never guessed!) And I’m so thankful for it. This blog has taught me more than any of you have probably learned! But that’s ok. It was actually part of the reason I started it, because what’s better then a place where you can learn and teach at the same time! I’m also thankful to those who have supported me all during this crazy blogging journey. My family who puts up with my constant, “I should write a blog post about that!!” My friends who patiently listen as I ramble on about ideas I have for this and that. And my grandparents who read all my posts and offer encouragement to keep going! And of course all of you! Your comments mean so much to me! I have loved getting to know all of you!
7. Hard Work
If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, you have probably noticed that I’ve been focusing a lot on work. It started in February of last year and I’m still not where I want to be. I don’t know if that’s ever gonna happen, because (1) I’m not perfect. and (2)I should never be content with where I am in my spiritual walk, but even if I never reach my goal of becoming a hard-working woman of God. I’m still gonna keep trying. I sounds like I’m discouraged. Which isn’t true. I know God listens to the desires of His children and when they are aligned with His will, he gives them strength to do it. So don’t worry. I’m not giving up!
This year I have been set free from the two things that I have been imprisoned from. I can’t really share many details, but I do want to put this in here because it’s been such a huge part of my life. I wrote in my journal about these two things in November of 2018, and in the same month almost exactly two years later, He freed me. Isn’t God so amazing? He even looks after little details like that and it shows us He really cares. My friends, if you have something you have been hiding from, pushing things away and not letting them out. If you have been scared and frightened to let people in. Please seek freedom. Freedom is costly. But it is worth it.
That was so good. Thank you so much, Heaven for tagging me and allowing me to see all the ways God has blessed me! Now for the people I’m gonna tag!!
Rosy @ Rosy’s Writings
Noelle @ A Rose for the Lord
Keziah @ KeziahE
Hattush @ Daughter of the Light
And that’s all for now! Happy New Year Everyone!
Keep livin’ for Jesus!