I felt weary and distant from God, and I felt apathetic about my circumstances. I know that feeling a certain way isn’t necessarily a choice...but following our feelings is a choice. And it has consequences.
Homeschooler, if you ever think you’re weird or even abnormal for being homeschooled, stop. You’re not. You’re just different. And different can be a good thing.
In reality, it doesn’t matter what major I pick. It doesn’t matter whether I take 19 credits or 12 credits. It doesn’t matter whether I have 20 friends or 5 friends. It simply matters that I seek Christ. Above a college degree. Above a well-paying job. Above a lot of blog followers. Above a book contract. Above a certain number of friends.
Feeling overwhelmed doesn’t end when you graduate from high school or college. It doesn’t end when you find a career. It doesn’t end when you get married or have kids. And it doesn’t end when you settle down and retire...but as Christians, we can rely on the fact that we will be free from stress in heaven.
We’ve seen God work in our lives, yet we don’t really think He will work in this particular situation or that particular circumstance. We’ve read God’s promises countless times, but we don’t know if they apply to us. We don’t always try to doubt Him or obsess about our issues. However, the presence of worry simply points to the truths buried in our hearts: we are self-centered and cynical human beings.
To be brutally honest, this summer wasn’t easy for me. It was a rollercoaster of anxiety, happiness, fear, discouragement, excitement, frustration, eagerness, and doubt. But I’m still here. I survived Summer 2018. 🙂 And I learned a few life-changing lessons along the way:
The time has come. It’s finally here! With only a few weeks left until the end of the semester, I’m unable to contain my excitement. I’ve been awaiting the end for so long! I can’t stop thinking about summer plans and a homework-free life. (What even is that?) But first, I have to survive—and... Continue Reading →
About once a month, you'll probably see a blog post from me that leads to the Pursue website. This site has articles of encouragement and spiritual growth. I hope you get the chance to read my future Pursue posts! 🙂 Selfies at the beach. Photos with friends. Videos of hysterical laughter. What do all of these... Continue Reading →
The obsessive thoughts. The consuming lies. The ever-present ache in my heart. I felt weary and distant from God. I felt weak and helpless to change my situation. I felt apathetic about my circumstances. I was struggling with difficult emotions and craving constant happiness in my life. But my craving was impossible to attain. Would... Continue Reading →
Hi there! Today, I am guest-posting on my friend Heather's blog! Here is the beginning of the post: My favorite chapter in the Bible is Proverbs 16. Even though the purpose of Proverbs is to share wisdom (rather than God’s promises), it is still full of truth and hope for our lives. I especially cling... Continue Reading →
The day I’ve dreaded my whole life is getting closer and closer. My excitement increases. But mostly, my dread increases. After spending 12 days at camp (which is the longest amount of time I’ve ever been away from home), I realized something. I am not cut out for college. It’s not simply because of the... Continue Reading →
Wow. It’s almost 2017! A new year is here, and exciting new things are ahead. Well, maybe for you. But all I can see is the unchartered territory that lies ahead, which makes me nervous. In fact, I am terrified. I am terrified of the big, bold, scary future in front of me. I have no... Continue Reading →
You know what I’m talking about. When we fail, we can either listen to Satan, or we can listen to God. Satan whispers, “You’ll never get this right. Why bother?” God says, “You’ll do better next time, My child. Don’t give up. I am with you.” Who would you rather listen to? After much experience... Continue Reading →
We tend to freak out when something goes wrong. Our hopes turn to doubts, our dreams to worries, and our thoughts to fears. Why do we go into panic mode when the slightest problem occurs? A couple days ago, I was 35 minutes late to class. That was a huge deal for this prompt-in-theory kind... Continue Reading →
How dependent are you on a calendar? Maybe a paper calendar or the easily accessible phone calendar? I am too dependent on the calendar. There are three things in this life that I adore: calendars, lists, and sour gummy worms. But I’m going to focus on the first thing for now. (I may have to... Continue Reading →