This morning I was thinking about how, now that I am working graveyard for a while I have been praying and spending time alone with God on my way to work.
While working graveyard isn’t my favorite thing, it has been teaching me a lot about who I am, who God created me to be, and how making time to be alone with him is so important.
Making God a priority on a daily basis is so important to having a good relationship with him.
From my own experience I have found that the more time I spend with God, the closer he is and the more I see him work in my life.
I want to take a little time and talk about some things that occur and still occur when we become Christians.
Life still happens after we are saved, we are still human beings, with human thoughts, feelings, emotions and trials.
When we get saved, life doesn’t magically turn into rainbows and butterflies, and we don’t magically become invincible to the not so awesome parts of life.
We still face financial difficulties, being laid off from work, jobs ending, stress, having to find a new job, out growing friendships, having to end friendships that aren’t healthy, even if that friend is a fellow Christian.
This past year I have the job loss, financial difficulties, having to walk away from an unhealthy friendship, and a lot of uncertainties and stress.
It has been hard, but I have never really second guessed God in it all. I know I have in the past, when I was younger. As I have gotten older, I have realized that everything happens for a reason and the trials and hardships are there to try and prove our faith. We can’t live on the mountain top all the time, sometimes (and sometimes it feels like a lot of the time) we have to go through the valleys as well.
Even though the trials are not fun, and sometimes we have to do things we don’t like to do, we are better and stronger in the end for it.
There comes a time in every Christian’s life when God puts his finger on something in our lives and asks us if we are willing to give it to him and do that thing or give something up for him and for his work. He may or may not have us act on that thing. If he does ask us to to do that thing, he wants us to do so willingly.
God is an amazing God, who doesn’t make us do his will kicking and screaming.
He knows how we work, and how to reach us where we are at. He knows we all think, feel, understand, and do things differently. That is how he created us, and he has the manual on how to connect with each of us. He knows how to get our attention, and sometimes it is gentle nudgings, or a quick thought cross our mind, and sometimes he has to make it glaringly obvious.
The Lord has put it on my heart to get my debts paid off as soon as I can, and live a simpler life.
Life is about more than material goods.
I have felt God’s leading to live a simpler life with fewer worldly goods. Don’t get me wrong, I am not giving all my worldly goods (because having pots, pans and dishes do pay for themselves with each use).
For the past couple years I have really been about trying to do a lot more DIY projects and learning to do as much as I can for myself.
My biggest debt that I will be needing to pay off are my college loans. I know the Lord can help me by providing work for me to get my debts paid off. Even if I never actually directly use my college degree for work, I don’t regret the 4 years I spent in college. I made some great friends who I still look up to and respect, and I got to live in a couple small towns while I was in college and fell in love with living in the middle of nowhere, in farm country. I really believe that the Lord wanted me there to plants seeds for my future (even though all the details are a bit unclear still).