**Today I’m linking up with Emily Freeman’s post called “Let’s Share What We Learned this Spring.” Be sure click the linkup to find some other great posts on this topic too.**
Here’s a list of seven things I learned this spring:
- SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO TRUST THAT THROUGH CHANGE GOD WILL BRING YOU SOMETHING EVEN BETTER – My roommate got married this spring and so I had to look for a new living situation. We’d been roommates for almost five years and it had been such an ideal situation for fellowship, growth, laughter and hospitality. So I was not looking forward to having to make a change in that area. While I knew in my head it would all work out, in my heart I had my doubts. But what did I end up with in the end? Not just another apartment to rent but a HOUSE to live in once again (with a sunny patio, space for a garden and grassy yard). Not just another great roommate but TWO fun gals to live with. This all just reminded me that, as much as I may resist change at times, things usually turn out even better in the end!
- GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT (ESPECIALLY IF YOU CAN WAIT PATIENTLY) – Before we ended up with our new rental house, my roommates and I had to wait a week and a half before their Open House. In the meantime, there were not really any other good prospects showing up and our deadline to move was quickly approaching, Trusting God during that time was hard but it was also a growing time for me. I realized I could worry and fret or I could trust that God was in control and knew just what we needed. Eventually, it all worked out even without me ending up having to bite my nails too much.
- WHAT GOES AROUND USUALLY COMES AROUND (AND I MEAN THIS ONLY IN A GOOD WAY) – My move taught me another lesson this spring. I was a little worried that my pool of guy friends to help on moving day was pretty scarce. But I had previously been generous with my time to help other friends with their moves. This time around they returned the favor (and even brought their husbands along to help too!). God providing for me in this way was such an unexpected blessing. And other people stepped up who I had taken the time to allow into my life and to be a part of theirs too. I felt so blessed and humbled by the turnout (and on one of the rainiest Saturdays of the season to boot!)
- SOMETIMES LIFE TAKES A DIFFERENT DIRECTION THAN PLANNED SO YOU NEED TO STOP AND RE-EVALUATE – Someone recommended I take an online developmental editing course this winter. They thought it would be doable in addition to the Editing class I was already in. I agreed at first but also didn’t plan on having to house hunt and move during the last half of the online class. So I didn’t end up finishing all coursework for that. I had to make a decision about two-thirds of the way through to stop doing any of the reading or assignments. At the time it felt a bit like I was giving up but in the end it was the right decision. After all, I am the only one who truly knows my limits and how much I can really handle.
- TAKE TIME ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS TO REMEMBER THE BLESSINGS GOD HAS GIVEN YOU – If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, then you know my littlest nephew is very special to our family. My sister-in-law had a hard pregnancy with him but then he ended up being born exactly on his due date (our own little miracle)! I was bummed this year as I didn’t think I’d get to celebrate his 1st birthday at all because of prior commitments elsewhere. But it turned out I got to see him after all for a short while, give him a present from me, and celebrate his life with everyone. Such a blessing for me and a sweet reminder of God’s grace!
- BAD HABITS SLOWLY CREEP UP ON YOU AND EVENTUALLY THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES – I hadn’t had “time” (or made time is more like it) to exercise much over the past year. And then I tweaked my back after all the heavy lifting from my move, etc. It was very painful for over a week and I began to get worried it wasn’t going to get better on its own. But I also realized my lack of exercise had finally caught up with me. So I started stretching it out with some daily yoga and going on some walks. Surprisingly this helped it heal much quicker than I had anticipated but I wasn’t about to let it happen again either. I tagged onto a new healthy eating plan with my sister-in-law and then just this weekend was able to go on my first short run after letting my back rest up awhile. It feels good to be making some better progress in this area once again.
- GOOD FRIENDSHIPS REQUIRE YOU TO BE INTENTIONAL –As a result of some common themes among those of us in my church small group, we started a new book study from the (in)courage community. We’re using a devotional called “Craving Connection: 30 Challenges for Real-Life Engagement.” On my end, I’ve realized I spend LESS quality time with one of my new roommates than I did when we were simply friends. Our work schedules are different and we have different days off. Also, when we are home together it seems we both have our own agendas to follow. So I miss her although I see her now every day! I’m realizing that in order to actually sit down and talk about our lives together like we used to do will require some more intentionality on both our parts.