Who remembers taking tests in school? First you have instruction and homework about your subject. The teacher teaches you what you need to know. You review it. You practice it. You ask your questions. You study it. Then you come in on “test day” to see how well you know the material. The classroom is quiet. No more talking. No more questions. No more notes open your desk. You simply take the test and turn it in. There’s a meme going around pinterest that bugs me. And it says, “Sometimes if you wonder why you can’t hear God’s voice during your trials, remember the teacher is always silent during the test.” I mean, it sounds okay. Like they’re trying to say God thinks you know the material well enough to take a test, right? I wasn’t really sure why it even bothered me. It just did. But the one hundredth time it popped up in my pinterest feed, I realized there were really two main reasons…..
Emotions are crazy, aren’t they? I’m even more keenly aware of the roller coaster emotions can be with a 12-year-old girl in the house. Drama much? Lord, help me! Sometimes I think it would be easier if we didn’t have emotions. They’re up. They’re down. They’re all over the map in one day. They can be exhausting. But God made us emotional creatures on purpose, so there’s no use fighting them. Or even apologizing for having them. It makes better sense to figure out what to do with them.
I’m a bit behind in reading my daily Bible. Okay, a LOT behind. I may or may not be on September 21st. But in my defense, I’ll get to reading, something stands out to me, I start to study it out, and before you know it, I have to get ready for work or something. And then I get even farther behind. So, as I was reading on September 21st today, I got 6 verses into it and the phrase “do not be disturbed” stood out to me. So, I stopped. Again. And I never got off September 21st. But I did get very encouraged. And it ended up being JUST what I needed today when…
Did you ever daydream as a kid? I wanted to be an Olympic gymnast (Nadia Comaneci to be exact). Or a princess. When I got into high school, I used to daydream about living at the beach, driving around in my jeep with the top down and my surfboard in the back just living the dream. (Ummm…I don’t surf…but it didn’t have to be realistic, right?) A daydream is a series of pleasant thoughts that distract one’s attention away from the present. And usually – in the natural – it’s more of a wish. Something we wished would happen but isn’t likely to. I still daydream, but I do it a little differently these days.
It’s November. The thankful month. It’s everywhere you turn. Social media. Church. School. Work. What are you thankful for? I promise not to post a month full of I’m thankfuls…but today, I truly am thankful. I’m thankful for before…….