Thursday, January 15, 2015

Each Moment, Each Day

Approximately one week into this semester, I think I'm already about maxed out with work and emotions. I've also learned two distinct things. Two little lessons to pull me through these crazy days of what will likely be my hardest semester ...

First, I have to appreciate the little things and thank God for them.

With the classes I'm taking this semester, my time with friends has almost disappeared  compared to last semester. That's ... upsetting. I understand that it's just part of adult life. There will be plenty of days I will work from the time I get up until I go back to sleep.

That's fine. That's life.

But it's not fun.

I'm having to learn to deliberately appreciate each free moment I get. If I don't thank God, I'll forget the good moments ... and I'll get discouraged. Thankfulness seems to multiply the moments and help me through the next hours of work.

Second, God provides me enough strength for today. Not tomorrow. Not next week. I have no idea how I'll get through everything this semester. Each day I'm cutting it close to get my homework done for the next day, even though I'm working hard.

But somehow, with the help of Someone, I am getting things done on time.

I don't know how I'll get my projects done by the time they're due. But they aren't due today. God is giving me the strength for today's work. I'll trust Him to be there with strength when I reach tomorrow.

I will make it through this semester. Each moment, thanking Him. Each day, relying on Him.

"My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever" (Psalm 73:26)

Thursday, January 1, 2015


I've noticed something about my generation, and about myself. We like questions. We don't prefer to accept what everyone else says and does. We'd rather evaluate things for ourselves. It's a good thing, really.

But are we truly looking for answers, or are we merely enchanted with the questions?

Here's the truth: God's Word has answers for our questions, if we're willing to search.

I'm not saying the Bible lays everything out, black and white. What I'm wondering here is if sometimes my generation takes the first step of asking a question, but doesn't actually seek an answer.

I confess, sadly, that I know I do this.

It's easy for me to wonder about whether a certain choice is right or wrong. It's harder to search the Bible.

It's easier for me to question God when life gets difficult than for me to trust what He says about Himself in His Word.

Again, I'm not saying we're able to understand everything about life and about God. All I'm suggesting is that we follow up our questions with prayer and Bible study. Allow God's Word to show us the truth, rather than settling for unneccesary ambiguity that is sometimes an excuse for us to do whatever we want.

This year, I want to take steps toward finding answers.