11 Lessons I Learned Junior Year

Another school year finished means it’s once again time to look back the lessons I’ve learned in the past year! My junior year was one of great growth and one I will definitely never forget. Without further ado, here are the 11 most important lessons I learned during my junior year of high school. Continue reading

Life is a Balancing Act

Life is a balancing act. As I balance schoolwork, tests, volleyball, piano, clarinet, percussion, 4H, and most importantly, reading the Bible and focusing on God, this phrase makes much more sense than it did when I was younger. And I only get busier as I get older.

So I’ve got to find a way to balance school with extracurricular activities with God. I have already written a blog post about it (see Get Rid of Your Worries in 3 Easy Steps!), so of course I can use that, and I can also pray for help.

The most important thing I NEED to make time for is, of course, God. Praying, reading the Bible, and reading devotions are the things I do on a regular basis to strengthen my faith.

So I ask you this: Are YOU making time for God in your everyday balancing-act-of-a-life?

One really interesting thing I learned yesterday in Sunday school is how prayers should go.

This is taken straight from the Bible, Matthew 6:9-13.

Pray like this:

Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need,
and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.

So prayers go in this format:

Praise God/Glorify God/ Thank Him

Ask for what you need

Praise God/Glorify God/ Thank Him again

That is just as it is in the Lord’s prayer.

So no matter how busy you are, ALWAYS make time for God.

A Resolution for You

As the New Year rolls around, most people make New Years resolutions, like working out more or eating healthier. While these are great resolutions, I feel there is one resolution we are leaving behind as society: Getting closer to God.

God tells us firsthand that we NEED to have that resolution at the top of our lists. Last night, I found this in my devotions:

Being near each other and spending time together draws us closer to people. It’s like that with God, too.

God loves you with his whole heart, and he wants you to love him back with your whole heart.

He is eager to talk and listen, to guide and comfort, and even to have fun with you! But it’s hard to share an experience with someone you’re far away from.

The Bible tells us that when we come close to God, he comes close to us. Just like a magnet, he’ll pull you right in.

When you turn toward God, he draws closer, ready to walk with you through each day of your life, morning till night. No matter what happens, you can enjoy his company, feel safe with him, and go through the good and the bad together.

(Taken from “The One Year” Between You and God: Devotions for Girls. )

I also found this Bible verse that pretty much sums up the entire post:

“Come close to God, and God will come close to you.”-James 4:8

So Happy New Year! I hope this post has added one more resolution to your list.