I have spent time the last few days reading old posts. I have learned a couple of things through this.
- I was a normal teenager, just like my mom said. Moody, ornery, crazy, selfish, rude, happy, ecstatic, independent, reliant on other, and so forth.
- The most horrible days of my life were easily erased by my cute boyfriend, time spent with friends, and God.
- I had a lot of “this is the worst day ever”s.
Reading these posts helped me realize that no matter what problems were happening in my life, I made it through! Even though it appears that some weeks I was basically bipolar, it didn’t kill me. A common thread that wove through most topics was the presence of God.
We are taught many things through the Bible. God tells us that He will not give us more than we can bear in life. Being a teenage girl, I often felt that I was given more than I could possibly handle, but look at me now! I am 6 years past being a teenage girl! Jesus says that He will walk with us through life; nothing that happens will we have to encounter alone.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (The Message) says “So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.”
Now relating this to my Lenten sacrifices… Giving up chips and popcorn, which sometimes feels painful, is truly not that difficult. God is walking next to me saying, “Thank you for doing this for me. You will make it until April 4th. I have no doubt, because I care for you, I love you, and I am right here.”
Quote by Benjamin Franklin