I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and i know what it is to have plenty. I have learned that secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
- Philippians 4:11-13
I've been praying more. Lots of Thank Yous and I Need Yous and Please and Show Me. And an occasional High Five God You're The Best!
"Thank you for all you have blessed me with. I need you to help me through this day. Please guide me to do what's right. Show me how to reflect you to my students."
I've always turned to the bible in a time of need. Usually it was me needing some guidance, a light in the dark. But I found that as soon as the storm had passed, so had my interest in reading about God.
But you know what?
That doesn't sustain you. That doesn't give you peace. That doesn't fuel your hope.
And that's what I've learned recently. That a relationship with Him is worth the time and effort. I mean, I knew that...but I didn't do it. I didn't really know how. Until now. And what a world of difference that has made.
I also found some books.
I haven't made it through all 40 days...heck I haven't made it through 10! But you know what? I'm reading and reflecting and believing. And it's helped me to pray. Prayers of supplication. Prayers of forgiveness. And most importantly, prayers of thanksgiving. My favorite part so far? Where he talks about having a prayer journal, a place where you record what you are praying for so you can see God working in your life. A place to record all that you have been blessed with.
I know, right? But the show is hilarious! And more importantly, their faith is strong. I watch the show and heard about the book and was intrigued. It's really quite good and speaks of their total devotion to faith and family. An added bonus? The recipes. I'll let you know if I ever make any.
I just recently started reading this based on a recommendation from a good friend. I started reading it that night and was sad when I saw what time it was knowing that I HAD to go to bed. It's really very interesting and relatable. (Well not the dying part, obviously.)
I truly feel that part of the reason why my life has taken such a distinct turn for the better is because I have actively pursued a relationship with God. I am grateful for what I have been given, and just as importantly, what has been taken away. I have taken that step back and realized that it is His doing, not my own, that dictates what path this life will take.
And based on what I've seen so far, it's going to be a good one.