“Lessons I’ve Learned In the Unknowing”
- It’s teaching me that surrender to God isn’t showing weakness. Surrendering everything into His hands takes strength.
- It’s teaching me to turn my focus from my weaknesses to His strength.
- It’s teaching me He knows the plans He has for me—plans to prosper me, not to harm me; plans to give me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
- It’s teaching me I can still have joy in the midst of calamity and uncertainty.
- It’s teaching me the importance of what was written in the Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next. Amen. (by Reinhold Niebuhr)
It’s teaching me how important and precious is the gift of a relationship with God.
- It’s teaching me Psalm 27:14: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
- It’s teaching me God is always working behind the scenes.
- It’s teaching me He is always causing things to happen that will integrate with and have a direct bearing on my future.
- It’s teaching me the importance of scripture memorization, Bible study, journaling and most importantly, prayer.
- It’s teaching me I’m a better person than I thought I was.
- It’s teaching me how God truly provides.
- It’s teaching me I don’t just love music—it’s a huge part of who I am, how I am and where I am.
- It’s teaching me the importance of family and friends.
- It’s teaching me that crying for another’s loss rises from a Christlike compassion and love we sometimes don’t get to feel. To feel it is a gift.
- It’s teaching me the importance of being still while God fights the battles (2 Chronicles 20)
- It’s teaching me “I can [truly!] do all things through Christ Who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).
- It’s teaching me the importance of my “scribbles” in fiction—my way of bearing my heart, soul and spirit in stories (and yes, I have been “scribbling” a pirate story! J ).
- It’s teaching me what’s really important in life in helping my heart, soul and spirit on this stagnant earth.
- It’s teaching me how to recognize the difference between humility and self-condemnation.
- It’s teaching me that it’s okay to be nerdy, to feel a lot younger than my age and to be and lead a different life than others (I am whom God has made me!).