I meant to link up with Emily Freeman’s “What I Learned” link party for this month, but sadly, I missed the deadline by a few days. How in the world is it September 9th already?!
However, I’ve decided to go ahead and write up a post anyway about what I learned in the month of August. Here we go! We’ll start light and move toward serious…
1. There is such a thing as a 17/64 inch drill bit.
Just one example of the crazy things you learn while hanging out in the wood shop with your husband.
Seriously, isn’t it crazy that drill bit sizes have to be THAT specific?
2. The Cord App
Hubby and I discovered this fun smartphone app called Cord. It’s like a combo of texting and talking on the phone. You have 12 seconds to record a voice message, and send it to someone instantly like a text. The other person can respond with their own up-to-12-seconds message, and the two of you can chat back and forth. It’s been a fun way to stay in touch with my sisters!
3. Time flies…even when you’re NOT having fun.
This summer has gone by so fast. It’s like I blinked and it was over. And no, it wasn’t because we were having fun. This was our first year as a married couple in full-time ministry, which is full of challenges, to say the least, and we lost our first baby in June. It was definitely a hard summer, yet it still passed quickly.
I think that’s why exercises like this post are important – looking back, intentionally remembering what has happened. Remembering what you’ve learned; remembering what God has done. That’s one of the reasons I love both journaling and blogging so much. Because time flies by so quickly, sometimes I forget things I learned and lessons God taught me. When I write them down – whether they’re good or hard – I can look back and remember, and sometimes learn all over again.
4. Living in a tight-knit Christian community is one of the most encouraging, frustrating, and refining things I have experienced.
Yes, it’s great to do life with these people. I love them to death.
But sometimes they drive me nuts.
Know what I mean?
5. Prayer is continual communion.
Prayer is and should be an ongoing conversation with my Father, not just approaching Him here and there when I feel like it. More on this, soon to come.
6. I have so much to learn.
I am learning that I have so much more to learn, to grow, to understand – that there are so many more layers and depths to who God is, who I am in Him, and what this spiritual life is about. He has changed me, but by no means have I come far enough or come to understand enough. By no means have I arrived at a place where I can be comfortable. May I never grow tired of discovering God and becoming more Christlike!