oh my gosh. yes! I have victory.
1 Corinthians 15:57, Philippians 4:13, Romans 8:31, 2 Corinthians 4:8
I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too—your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful—I can’t take it all in!
that’s big. need to remember that!
I sometimes think that I need to and should have it all together. I think that because I follow and trust in Jesus, I shouldn’t have these burdens and tough times. But I’m letting go of my pride and realizing that that isn’t true.Jesus has overcome the world and I can overcome the struggles I face because of that. That doesn’t mean I won’t face troubles. And it doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m doing something when I struggle. I need to get over that.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33
Just printed out information for the NES Teacher Certification tests, bought an online study guide, and looked ahead for scheduling test dates.
I suddenly realized how real everything is. After I take these tests and graduate next May, I’ll be a certified teacher. My sister pointed out to me that the next job I get will be the real thing… no more “this just pays the bills” thing.
Made me think back to a moment after junior year of high school. I was lying in bed and I thought, “wow. I am 17 years old. I have a year until college!” Now I’m sitting at my computer thinking, “wow. I am 21 years old…I have a year until graduation, and I am preparing myself for real life.”
It’s scary and exciting at the same time.
Made my first (minor!) teacher mistake and I felt horrible. Basically I had given the kid I tutor a bonus problem on his homework, but the problem wasn’t really solvable, because it needed more information. One of the parents pointed that out to me…
I was defensive at first. I said, “this is how I solve it,” and attempted to show the solution to the problem.
But then I realized that the problem did indeed need more information. I quickly apologized, and then I felt embarrassed and kind of stupid. The father of the child is an engineer and complete math whiz, so naturally I am usually a teeny bit anxious that I will mess up. And after actually making a mistake, I felt quite bad:
I’m a teacher, I should catch things like that. I don’t have room to make silly little mistakes. I’m no good at this.
Um, woah! I realized that I was downgrading myself and that I was stuck in bondage of perfection.
Colossians 2:13-14 says: When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
Jesus became perfection so that we wouldn’t have to. Perfection was nailed to the cross. It’s nice to know that it’s okay to make mistakes.
Yes, I made a teacher mistake, and I’m going to make a lot more of them in the future! And that’s okay, because there is never a scenario where there is no room for improvement.
There’s so much freedom in just letting go and letting God. Doing things on my own or waiting for things to happen is so exhausting and discouraging. Surrendering and giving all to God lifts the weight off of my shoulders. And I don’t have to worry about a thing when I trust God, because I know He will pull through for me.
In life, we all go through a pruning process. God will prune our lives so that we can bear much fruit. To “prune” means something is cut away, something is removed. In other words, maybe a good friend that you counted on moved to another city. Maybe a business shut down that you were connected to, or a relationship went a different direction.
Friend, God knows what you need in your life in order to grow and flourish. Sometimes when things happen that we don’t understand, we have to just trust that He is working behind the scenes preparing you for increase, preparing you to go to another level. Don’t put a question mark where God has placed a period.
When you’re going through transition, don’t get bitter. Don’t get down and think it’s the end. Don’t start thinking that you’re a failure. Have the attitude, “God, I let this go knowing that it was only temporary provision, and what You have in my future will be greater than what I’m letting go of.” If you will accept the change and stay in faith, God will open new doors. He will bring new opportunities, new friendships, and take you to another level of His glory!
This is so good. Transition is so hard…especially when you are transitioning from something that you thought was where you were supposed to be. But letting go of those things of the past only creates room for God to bring you something even better.
Wow. I really need to take this into consideration.
Yes! So good!