Hey everyone! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? A lot has been happening these past few weeks, and for a long time I haven’t really felt up to blogging. But today I finally did. It probably wasn’t a good idea, though, because it looks like I’ll be up late prepping for my Greek test tomorrow. Oh well. Anyway, here’s a bit of what’s been going on in my life this past month or so:
I went ice skating with some friends (only once). I didn’t fall on my rear and get injured this time, thankfully. The skates made my feet hurt though, and I had forgotten most of my skills. I stayed very close to the edge most of the time.
I started a new semester. Only I’m taking a year to focus on a few subjects, and plan on jumping back in the original program I’m taking, next spring, and getting my associates degree.
I have been having a bit of time to slow down and relax (see above).
I have been thoroughly enjoying Greek. Well, the classes and the language in and of itself. Not so much the program we’re using, haha. But it’s been really fun. We’re going to be memorizing lots of λύω paradigms this semester. Last semester we did 2 of them, and this semester we’re doing 18. #wow #bringit
I have been trying to keep my mind Christocentric – on Christ. On who he is, on what he’s done, on who I am in him. Spurgeon is known to have said something to the effect of “If Christ be anything, he must be everything.” Yup.
I have been trying to make a point of memorizing Scripture. Not just short, one-or-two-verse, Jeremiah 29:11 types of passages (though those are great), but also huge, 10-or-more-verse passages that describe the Gospel, or who God is, or who Christ is, etc. Some huge passages I want to memorize are Hebrews 1, Ephesians 1 and 2, 1 Peter 1, among others. I’ve just been feeling the need to have a very firm understanding of who God is, who Jesus is, who the Holy Spirit is, what the Gospel is, etc. You know, important theological truths. Stuff I already know, but want to have absolutely cemented in my brain. I’ve got a little over half of Colossians 1:15-23 done, so that’s awesome.
I have been listening to a lot of The Gray Havens, Urban Rescue, Jason Gray, and Rend Collective.
I’ve been working every so often on handlettering.
God showed me that recently I have been giving into lots of negativity and self-pity, being discontented about certain areas of my life. He showed me that he has placed me in the season I am in for a purpose, and I just need to trust him and see what he has for me there. If things had gone the way my selfish self would have wanted, I would have missed out on that bit of grace he had for me in that time. When he places me in a situation that isn’t what I would have wanted, he is doing that to test me; to sanctify me; to make me steadfast (James 1:2-4) and immovable in him; to cause me to remember how totally dependent I am upon him, and run to him. He is good. So good.
Have been realizing that life away from Facebook, Instagram and the like (for the most part) is so much better.
I’ve been journaling. A lot. It’s been great.
A lot of my friends are getting married and having babies. It’s really exciting.
I joined a small group! Since I go to a fairly-sized church (not exactly a mega-church, but rather large), our church does small groups, and I just became part of one. I’m really excited about it.
I’ve been realizing yet again (for the millionth time) what a huge blessing friends are. God has given me so many amazing people in my life, and has used them to encourage me, strengthen my faith, challenge me, and make me laugh.
I’ve been amazed these days at how God can use little, insignificant me to bless others. When I look at myself, it’s sometimes hard to believe that he could use me. But he can, and I’ve seen that he does! Just today I was out with a friend for coffee, and when we were talking, she told me that what I had been telling her at one point in our conversation was an answer to something she had been praying about that morning! What! All I did was say words, but God decided to use them to bless her. After she told me that, we just sat there, our minds blowing up. It’s amazing how God works.
We still have a serious mouse problem. I mean, okay, it could be a lot worse, so there’s a lot to be thankful for. However, it’s pretty gross. Thankfully, though, it might be getting better. Maybe.