5 Things I’ve Learned in 2017

Hi everyone,

This year I did a lot less posting and a lot more living. Let me tell you…it was so worth it.

I found myself enjoying moments instead of reaching for my phone to capture them. And yet, those moments were captured–in my heart where they belong.

In this busy, social-media filled life it can be all too easy to live life behind your camera lens or worse, comparing your life to the snapshots of other people’s lives around you. There’s nothing wrong with photos or social media in and of themselves–but they are meant to share life. I fear in many cases, they’ve replaced life instead.

In any case, this year has been a blessing in so many ways. I will share 5 things I’ve learned.

  1. My relationship with God can look different in each season. It doesn’t mean I love him less.

    Years ago, my relationship with God looked like quiet time for hours. Singing, dancing, spinning, jumping, writing, taking walks, reading 3 different biblical references and many other things. Prayer was in complete silence or simply worship music playing on a low volume. It was what I’d consider truly divine.

    Now it’s woven into the busyness of day to day life. Time is spent in the morning provided the toddler doesn’t pop up ready to play at 4am. Prayer is between diaper changes and making what seems like the 4th round of lunch and all of this used to upset me. Where’s my 12 hours of spinning around by myself with no care in the world?

    I learned God’s aware of my season (surprise) and He is not more high maintenance than my kid. I’m not replacing him with marriage and motherhood, I’m inviting Him in. And that’s what He wants from all of us–to continually be invited in.

    2. Life is too short to live it angry, bitter, or complaining.

    Not too much to say on this one other than this. If today was your last day on Earth, how would you feel about how you spent your ‘yesterday’?

    Would you feel like you honored everyone around you? Would you feel like you’d be leaving Earth with zero regrets? Would you leave Earth having forgiven everyone you needed to forgive? Would you have any unspoken apologies?

    Would you be begging for more time to ‘make things right’ because you were living assuming you’d have the time to get around to doing it later?

    I want to just treat people (and myself) right the first time. I don’t want to assume I’ll have a week to make things up to anyone because I don’t know how long I will be here, nor do I know how long they will be here either!

3. Whatever you want to do ‘one day’, should be something you work on today.

‘One day’ draws near as you do the work each day to get closer to your goals. If you want to be an author one day, start writing today. Don’t wait for an imaginary big break.

Besides, if a publisher is interested in representing you one day, you need to have a product to give them.

If you want to be a speaker one day, start studying and talking. Speak to your friends, speak via YouTube, speak via the opportunities that are already in your hands. Chances are it’ll be the strides you’ve made on your own today that will garner the interest you hope others will have in you ‘one day.’

4. Do the hard work of loving well.

It’s easy to love sloppily isn’t it? To ask for things without saying please, to take without giving, to overlook people, to take people for granted, to strive to put yourself first without biblically considering others etc.

To love is to obey God.

To love is to do what you were created by and for Him to do.

To love is to tap into the fullness of joy and life.

To love well is to live an abundant life.

5. Do not despise the number of times you must Try Again.

Don’t let popular culture tell you that you’re not worth much because you haven’t arrived. You’re not where you want to be, but if you’re working on yourself then you are not alone.

There’s no one on Earth that hasn’t had to put forth effort to achieve something.

As you go through your day to day life, celebrate the small wins. Celebrate yourself for getting out of bed this morning. Celebrate yourself for helping others. Celebrate yourself for smiling. Celebrate yourself for not giving up.

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