It’s hard to believe that a month has passed since I first announced that I was going to take a blogging hiatus for the duration of September. So many things were going on in my life. I just needed the time to focus on the present and not stress about delivering quality content.
It was a much-needed rest, and I’m more than ready to head back into the swing of things again. I’ve missed sharing my thoughts with you all and I can honestly say that I’m coming back with a healthier mindset, a deeper understanding of God, myself, and the world around me.
God has taught me a lot through this little hiatus and here are the top three things that I learned:
1: Rest is good
I’m not a person who relaxes easily. I am a workaholic and find it hard to just stay still and do nothing. I still worked while on break, but I tried to find balance and one thing that God just kept whispering to me was, “It’s okay to be still.”
It’s okay to be still.
Yes, it is. You know why? Because when we are quiet, we can hear God speak louder than ever before. It’s when we are still and honest with ourselves, that we learn all the things that we cannot hear through the interference around us.
So, be still. Do nothing for five minutes. Listen. What is God telling you?
2: God needs to be #1 in my life
What matters more than how I worship Him on Sunday morning is how I carry over those actions into the rest of my week and life. God wants all of me, not half of me, my mind, and heart. He is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14) and He doesn’t want me to live a mediocre halfhearted life; instead, He wants a wholehearted life from me devoted to Him.
3: He will provide
Before my break, I was worried–a lot. I was anxious about my future, what I was going to do with my life. Those of you in your last year of high school probably know the exact feeling I was dealing with. So, during this time, I prayed. I prayed a lot. I asked God to make it clear to me where He wanted me in life and an opportunity dropped into my lap the week after.
The opportunity? A chance at an internship with a company where I would learn all the skills of a professional freelancer without having to go to college to learn what I would be learning hands-on for free! I applied, prayed hard, and–got the position. I can honestly say that I love what I do. It’s incredible. I’m learning a ton and it taught me an important lesson:
God will provide.
When I was worried and anxious, He was smiling because He knew what was coming my way. He loves providing for His children and with Him, we should never have to worry. He knows all the things that we don’t and we can trust that He will lead us where He wants us in His time.
I look forward to posting regularly again, and if there is a particular topic that you want me to cover in the upcoming months, drop your requests below.