I felt like blogging today but I currently don’t have a topic already in my mind for where I would like to take this.
I love Sunday’s. I love them so much. One of the reasons that Sunday’s are so special to me is that I get to share the day with other Christians and be able to worship God at a church setting. The community of believers is something that I consider to be extremely unique. There is just something nice about starting your week by giving thanks to to the Giver of Life. It gives you focus as you go out into the week. You realize that everything you do during the week is going to be reflecting who God is. This is a big responsibility and of course, there are mistakes that we make everyday because we are not perfect. We can never measure up to who God is, but it is our responsibility to do our best to be like Christ.
One of the bible verses that I have on the wall in my dorm room is: “I will give those who are weary all they need. I will refresh everyone who is filled with sorrow.” – Jeremiah 31:25 This verse was standing out to me today as I woke up and wasn’t too thrilled about getting ready and going to church this morning. As I read the verse, I was able to see that God was going to refresh me. I knew that by going to church I was going to experience God in a different way. I went to church and sure enough I learned some new things and left the building feeling ready to take on the week.
Sunday afternoon’s are good for relaxing, doing homework, napping, and eating popcorn. Sunday’s are good for watching movies. Sunday’s are good for hanging out with friends and family. They are good for taking some alone time. They are a good day to watch sports or to read a book. Most of all, they are a good day to think about God. To give Him glory. To ask questions, and to meditate on what you were taught in church. To meditate on God’s word.
This Sunday turned out better than I expected…
C’est la vie,
My beautiful campus at sunset.
Adjusting to university life is not something that is very easy for me. It isn’t that the work is too hard at this point, or that I’m not living at home… it’s that the workload is extremely different than anything I have experienced before. It is having to read, and read, and read. I love to read, but there gets to be a point where you can’t even stay awake because you have so much reading to get done and you’re tired and just want to nap and take it easy for a little while. Yes… I did sleep through supper on Sunday by accident. 😛 At university, you rarely get to take it easy. Because I live on campus, I can never really get away from my work. It’s constantly on my mind and all of my work is where I can always see it in my room. Basically, I find it extremely hard to have any sort of downtime without feeling guilty that I am not doing work at that moment. I feel as if I have so much pressure to do good in all of my classes. I want to do my best and I want to get good grades, but finding a balance between work and social things is difficult.
So I guess my update is that I am kind of miserable right now. That sentence is probably going to be taken the wrong way. Let me clarify that I love the school that I go to, and that most of my classes are great. The people here are the best, and after a week I can honestly say that this is such a fun experience. At the same time, it is different to have to do so many different little things for classes. I guess I will just have to learn how to better manage my time, and try to eliminate procrastination (Hehehe, I am supposed to be reading my textbook for Sociology right now). I guess I just am stressed, and will be until I can fully get a hang of things.
I went to an academic excellence dinner tonight and it was really neat to see all of the people who have worked hard both in high school to have gotten a scholarship from the university, and in their university education, as the Dean’s list students were also in attendance. I guess the dinner motivated me even more to try and do my best and that hard work in school does pay off.
Through my stress, I am hanging on to the fact that God is here for me. He loves me. He wants the best for me, and He is on my side always. “During times of trouble I called on the Lord. The Lord answered me and set me free from all of them. The Lord is on my side. I am not afraid. What can mortals do to me?” – Psalm 118:5-6
I hope this update is finding you in a good spot in your life. Keep smiling and laughing because it really does help.. I have learned that this past week. 🙂
C’est la vie,
I got a laptop of my own for school, and I am super excited to be writing a blog again. I wanted to continue to write weekly throughout the summer, but that certainly did not happen. I do not have any excuses, just reasons. I tried to start multiple blog posts this summer, but the content was not there. I figured that it would be better to post less frequently than to post boring posts weekly. This is turning into a hobby of mine and so I have decided that I will post when I have something on my mind that I can’t shake, instead of weekly posts.
Summer is almost over. In one week I will be beginning a new adventure in my life. Next Monday I move into my dorm, and next Wednesday is my first ever day of university classes. Life is crazy. I blinked and I am almost an adult. I think the thing that worries me the most is all of the unknowns. I have to trust that God is going to take care of me. I know that things will work out the way that God has intended, and I need to be okay with that.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
Turning to prayer is not always an easy thing to do, but it is one of my goals this school year to pray more. Not just to pray more, but to pray every time something that worries me comes my way, no matter how big or small the worry may seem. I also hope to post that verse somewhere where I will see it everyday in my dorm room. Sometimes it’s just good to have a little reminder to pray.
Again, sorry that it has been awhile since I have written anything…
C’est la vie,
The song below is by one of my favourite bands ever. I especially love this song as I am realizing the truth of it. God is always here for me, He will never let me walk alone, ever.