Romans 12:12

“Be happy in your confidence, be patient in trouble, and pray continually.” – Romans 12:12

I have this Bible verse written on a page which is on my wall in my dorm room. It is one of my life verses. Ever since I read this verse, I realized just how important it really is. This verse is one that I feel as if many people could relate well with. It is a pretty straightforward verse.

To start off unloading this verse, being happy in confidence is not something that comes easily to me. I struggle with confidence sometimes, but this verse is reminding me to not only have confidence, but to be happy in my confidence. It is something that I will be working at.

“… be patient in trouble…” This is so much easier said than done! In troubling times we often just want our struggles to be over and we want them to be over RIGHT NOW. Something that I feel God telling me through this part of the verse is that sometimes we need to endure through the troubling times because we are going to learn and grow through the experience. By enduring through the tough times, we will come out much stronger and closer to God. It is one of his ways of working on our hearts. This also reminds me of another verse in Romans. “But that’s not all. We also brag when we are suffering. We know that suffering creates endurance, endurance creates character, and character creates confidence.” – Romans 5:3-4 Suffering and trouble is going to come in life, it is how you respond to it that makes you defeated or victorious.

I especially like the emphasis that this verse places on prayer. Prayer is something that I need to work on doing more often. We talked about prayer for a bit in my religious studies class the other day. We talked about how unique it is to have a religion where we know that we can talk with our Creator, our God. One of the things that stood out to me the most when we were learning more about prayer is something that I have known for a long time, but I forgot about it. I relearned that if we want something to happen in our lives, we need to ask for it. If I do not ask, then I will not receive. Can you imagine how different my life would be if I asked God more for things that I wished to receive? I am not saying that God is going to give me everything that I ask for, he may even give me nothing at all, but it is worth asking anyway. By asking God for things, I am able to reach my full potential as a Christian.

Hopefully you are having a good Sunday. 🙂

C’est la vie,

Kayla ❤

Ps. I think Sunday is my favourite day of the week. 🙂  I do not know if I have linked this song before to one of my posts, so if I have, I’m sorry! I love this song, and the lyrics really go well with the verses that I have shared above. The singer is praising God for the fact that they have the confidence of calling them-self a child of God. We have nothing to fear if we are children of God! That is incredible.

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Writing

Writing is important to me. Writing is my outlet to all of my thoughts and feelings. Without being able to write out my thoughts, I would not be able to function nearly as effectively as I am able to now.

I suppose that I should now clarify that it is creative writing like this that brings me happiness. I do not mind writing papers but I have a horrible time of trying to do the research for them. I get occupied and distracted very easily when trying to write papers. Of course, I am always able to get my papers done on time for their due dates, but I would much prefer to just write creatively.

When I first started writing on this blog I was scared and excited at the same time. It is something that I am proud of. The fact that I have kept writing since that summer day just shows how much of a special place it has in my life.

Not a whole lot of people in my life know that I even have a blog. I guess that I am just not super confident in my writing abilities. I know that I don’t have everything grammatically correct or maybe the things that I write are uninteresting. However, my perception of my abilities is not going to stop me from continuing to write.

I did not start this blog to share with others completely, I mostly created it as a way to look at how I have grown as a writer and just in general. Having people that read it is just a bonus to me. Thank you friends who do read this, I appreciate it! I realize that these blogs could make for a boring read as I am not much of a flowery writer.

I am feeling nostalgic right now about when I first started writing publicly like this. This past summer I had no idea that this would have turned into a frequent event. I could not have imagined how grateful I would be for taking the step and actually start a blog. As I think about what would make me stand out from other bloggers, I can’t really think of anything that truly sets me apart. I have always aimed to be honest and open in these posts. Obviously there are some things that are just for me that I do not share, but like I have mentioned before, this is an outlet for me.

Thanks for coming along this journey with me!

C’est la vie,

Kayla ❤

Ps. I usually listen to music while I write these… Today I am listening to a very fun soundtrack, and this song is beautiful:

 

 

 

Managing Stress

I guess I should start out by saying that my major in university is psychology. Today’s lecture was all about stress, coping with stress, and how stress affects our health. It was a good time for this lecture as all of the students at my school are in the middle of midterms and then we will be writing papers and then studying for exams and then writing exams. People are starting to get stressed, and the more they think about what’s to come, the worse the stress and anxiety gets.

After giving her lecture, my professor showed our class a TED talk that was all about stress. It was very informative and one of the main things that it focused on was changing our thinking from a negative perspective on stress to a positive one. The video talks about how if we keep having a negative view on stress and if we think that it will cause health problems, then it will. However, the lady from this TED talk also mentioned that as soon as we feel anxious feelings, i.e. heart beating faster, sweating; we can turn our thinking from “oh my goodness, I am going to have a panic attack,” to “I am recognizing that my body is getting me ready for something really great that’s going to happen.” Having a positive perspective on when the anxious feelings come brings on courage. It brings on people realizing that the anxious feelings are happening to help.

If you turn your negative stress into a positive thing like courage, you will feel proud of yourself and you will also feel extremely accomplished and happy. I did something this evening that normally would not have happened due to the way I was viewing anxiety and stress in my life before I watched the video. I felt the same anxious feelings that I normally do when trying to approach the situation, but tonight I decided to let courage win over my anxiety and it was a lot of fun. I am proud of myself for taking that seemingly scary step, because it was most definitely worth it!

C’est la vie,

Kayla ❤

Ps. I have a midterm tomorrow, so I best get to studying some more! Hahaha! 🙂

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Today I had the opportunity to attend the chapel service at my school. The guy who spoke was a fellow student that goes to my university. I think he did a very good job in his talk. One of the final things that he left with us to sit and think about was: Why are you looking for God? He has already shown himself in ways that we could not even imagine, and we know this because of what the Bible says.

I find myself too often questioning where God is in the midst of my day to day life. I need to realize that God is always around (via the Holy Spirit) and that just because I do not feel him or see him does not change the fact that his hand is guiding me in my life. He died for me. What more do I need from this gracious God? He loves me regardless of where I am at in life. I sure am thankful for this because he doesn’t even need me, yet he chooses me anyway. He didn’t have to die for me, but he did it anyway; he did it because he loves me and wants me to be the best person that I can be.

Sometimes I do not even give him a single thought in my day, yet I am always on his mind. He is waiting for me to love him back. He would be glad if I even told him why I don’t want to talk with him. Something that I just learned in one of my classes is that our personal relationship with God is going to be different than that of anyone else. It is okay to have doubts. It is okay to question God and it is also okay to not know everything.

C’est la vie,

Kayla ❤

There is one hymn that I absolutely love and have always enjoyed. The words are challenging to me, but they are also a comfort to me. “But this I know with all my heart, his wounds have paid my ransom” (How Deep the Father’s Love for Us).