I know you’re probably as shocked as I am that September is already here! It seems like Christmas was just yesterday. I don’t think living in Florida helps either because it’s not like the temperature fluctuates that much throughout the year, except for the one or two days in December that it drops into the 40s.
September will be a busy month for me. I’m home until Tuesday afternoon, and then I head back to Tampa for a little while. On Thursday, I’m getting a minor procedure done. Research will be starting up in about two weeks, where I’ll be serving as the Director of Nutritional Analysis for the Performance and Physique Enhancement Lab on campus. Oh! How could I forget that my sister is getting married at the end of the month, too! I can’t wait to see her walk down the aisle 🙂
I’m also hoping to have my graduate school applications done by the end of the month so I can start taking a little time for myself. Let me tell you, it’s hard to go from having free time to not even having the time to go on walks some nights.
Needless to say, I’m already starting to feel a little overwhelmed, but I know I can handle it. I just keep envisioning the day I get my acceptance letter from University of Michigan, and I’m using that to carry me through!
A few posts ago, I spoke about the fact that I feel as if I’ve become complacent in a few areas of my life. I’ve slowed down on my reading, exercise, personal time, and dedication to my faith. This has happened for a multitude of reasons, but mostly because everything has been falling into place lately. I’ve figured out my next steps for graduate school, and because of that I don’t feel as stressed.
What does that have to do with my faith, exercise, etc.? Surprisingly, I channel my stress into my workouts and push myself harder. I call on God to help me through the difficult times. I read to find answers and guidance. And when I don’t have that stress, I lose a lot of drive. Thus, I become lackadaisical…or so I thought.
During his homily this weekend, a visiting pastor shared a quote that offered up a different interpretation…
“We have confidence in God when He answers our prayers, but when He doesn’t answer our prayers, He has confidence in us.”
God answered my prayers about graduate school and about my future. He confirmed that Cincinnati is where I want to be at some point in the future. He’s confirmed that I love health education by blessing me with this internship. He’s shown me that I can overcome difficulty by letting a stressful and painful summer come to a close.
And now, He’s showing me that He believes in me by giving me the confidence and ability to accomplish everything I need to this month. Rather than me becoming complacent, I’ve become strengthened. I’ve matured in my faith. What I thought was a lack thereof was actually an increase…a deeper understanding of God’s power. A respect for His ability to support me.
I realized that I’ve felt less stressed because I’ve put it all in His hands, and I’m letting Him guide me through it all. I’ve begun offering up my workouts, studies, and future to Him. I do it in His name, and I know I can perform because not only is He taking care of me, but He’s also confident in my ability to accomplish those tasks.
God pushed me through a stressful summer to help me realize how strong I am with Him at my side. What has He pushed you through to help you feel the same? Is He currently pushing you through something that you feel alone in? If so, it might be because He knows that you have the strength to make it through on your own. He’s teaching you, and you’ll be better off because of it.
All of this was confirmed when I was walking through a store called “Faith and Home” with my mom over the weekend. We were browsing around when a magnet caught my eye. It read…
“Trust. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
I had to hold back tears as I read this because it’s so true. Just trust. That’s all we have to do.
None of this is to say that we should stop going to church or praying because God has strengthened us. Rather, we should be eager to go to church and find ourselves praying more and more. We need to constantly ask for His support and guidance because we are only as strong as our faith. We are also only as strong as our humbleness to recognize who’s really in charge of our lives.
The confidence He has in you and I is only a glimpse into the plethora of blessings He has in store for us. If He can give us the strength to make it through these times and the confidence to know that we can handle whatever life throws at us, think about what else He can do for us if we let Him, if we offer our lives up to Him.
Personally, I believe in God. You may or may not. You might believe in the Universe or another Power. Regardless, think about how we can apply this to our lives. Think about how a respect for that higher power can garner a more fruitful life. We weren’t meant to go through life alone, so won’t you let God hold your hand?
I hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope it got you thinking. Once again, I broke one of the major rules of blogging…don’t talk about religion! But truthfully, it’s my blog and this is who I am.
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“When God pushes you to the edge of difficulty, trust him fully because two things can happen. Either He’ll catch you when you fall, or He will teach you how to fly.”