Lesson Learned: Looking for God’s Lessons in the Midst of Chaos

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Life has been so full of big life changes, busyness, and craziness (the good kind, mostly). It’s also been full of important life lessons. There’s no doubt that, at this point, God has taken total control over my life. Correction: He’s always had total control…I’m just finally letting go of the control I thought I had. I know “everything happens for a reason” sounds so incredibly cliche, but when all the plans you make turn into something totally different, you start to look for reasons why. The answer I could come up with? God’s teaching me. There’s something He wants me to learn…so what is it?

Patience

Well, first and foremost, I think God is always using any and every opportunity to teach me patience. I’m the type of person that has to have a plan. I need to know and I need to know now, what the plan is. But I’ve learned, especially in our current situation, that life doesn’t work that way. God doesn’t work that way. He has a plan, but He has every intention to reveal it in His own time. It’s hard to wait for what we want, but I truly believe if we’re willing to wait and give it up to God, He will make it happen. We need “only” have patience. And if He doesn’t make it happen? More patience. More patience finding out what He wants for us instead.

Grace

I need God’s grace. Daily. Hourly. ALL the time. When I’m worn down from extra traveling, extra parenting, extra waiting, I need all the grace I can get. I need grace so I remember that it’s ok to not be perfect. Nobody is. We’re all just trying to work through something in our life, doing the best we can in the moment. I don’t ask for help very easily, but I’ve learned that’s what grace is all about. Accepting that I can’t do it all on my own and that I don’t need to do it all on my own has become a sanity saver.

Humor

Sometimes in life, you have to just laugh. When you’re down, when you feel like you’re breaking, laughter really is the best medicine. It might not fix your problem. It might not make everything ok, but a little humor, laughter, and fun can go a long ways when it comes to giving your heart and soul a little break. It’s like taking a big deep breath of crisp, fresh air and feeling like all will be ok, even if for a moment. What makes you laugh? Whatever it is, surround yourself with it and realize how valuable a moment of silliness really is.

Acceptance

It’s hard to accept that you really don’t have any control over the big things of life (and most of the little things, too). I believe we can choose to be happy, we can choose to trust God, we have choices, but even then His plan will prevail. When we surrender the control we think we have and accept that whatever will be will be, we grow a little closer to God. We learn to rely on God. We trust that whatever comes our way is what is best in that moment, even if we don’t understand in that moment.

Gratitude

I’ve heard quite a few times lately that you can’t be unhappy and have a grateful attitude at the same time. When we have gratitude, we look for the good in life. We appreciate the smallest of things. It doesn’t take too much time spent looking for things to be grateful for before we see positivity in every day. Even in the darkest of situations, some light can be found if we’re willing to search a little. I think that if we have grateful hearts, all the other things fall into place. It’s a little easier to be patient when you can find positivity in the waiting. It’s a little easier to have grace and see humor when you’re appreciative of what you’ve got in your life. It’s a little easier to accept what’s going on in life (good and bad) when you’re thankful for the good, despite the bad. Gratitude is a game-changer.

Well, there you have it. Life has been crazy and busy….crazy busy all rolled together most days, but despite the sometimes frustrating moments, I’ve learned a lot about God and myself. He’s taught me some great lessons, which I’m sure He’ll continue to teach me in knew ways.

What lesson is God trying to teach you in your life right now?

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