Lessons I’m Learning

Hi there! Thank you for all of the wonderful comments about my bridal shower! I still smile this big, goofy grin every time I think about it, haha!

The last time I blogged about finding a place to live after Jimmy and I are married was in March. The whole process of looking for a place to live has been such a learning experience for me.

No one was excited to take this picture except me... haha.

No one was excited to take this picture except me… haha.

I didn’t expect the searching/decision-making process to be easy, but I didn’t expect it to be so hard! As I mentioned previously, Jimmy and I had to decide which side of Pittsburgh we are going to live in and if we wanted to rent or buy.

Since we became engaged, we have done a lot of praying together about what to do in so many aspects of our future life together. I wanted to share three lessons I’ve learned so far…

1. Enjoy this stage of life.
I feel like my life is in such an in-between place right now. I’m almost finished with college, but not yet. I’m almost married, but not yet. I don’t feel like a “grown up” (I don’t think I ever will!), but I don’t feel like a kid. Jimmy and I have to make decisions on our own, but we still depend a lot on the guidance of our families.

I’ve learned that I need to enjoy every stage of my life, even the in-between stages. This season of my life has been full of hard work and decision making. It has also been fun, because Jimmy and I are making decisions about our future together. I’ve learned not to say “I’ll be happy when ____ happens.” I’m learning to enjoy the here and now, with all of its ups and downs.

Enjoying the last few weeks living in the same house as my sister!

Enjoying the last few weeks living in the same house as my sister!

2. Truly understand that God has everything under control.
It’s been pretty tough for me to not know where I will live in just a few weeks. I’ve learned that God has everything in His hands, and that His plan is perfect. I need to let go of my worries, wants, and need to control/plan everything. I have deepened my relationship with Christ so much by having to truly realize that it’s okay that I don’t know what the future holds. I know who holds it, and that’s what really matters.

3. Only God can satisfy. Period.
I’ve blogged about this before, but I’m definitely experiencing this concept all over again! I have learned that a life situation (example: finishing school/getting married/buying a house), possession, person, etc. will not make me truly happy or satisfied.

We all crave things in this life and want to be happy. The problem is when we look to people, situations, or possessions to make us happy when only God can truly and fully satisfy us. Nothing in life is or will be perfect, and that’s what makes me excited for heaven. There is so much sadness, wickedness, and hurt on this earth. The hard times especially make us crave a place where there will be no more tears, sadness, or pain. Not becoming attached to possessions or an idea of what life should be like definitely helps to keep things in perspective! This earth won’t last forever, but God will. It doesn’t matter what you have, but who are.

Some beautiful tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths!

Some beautiful tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths!

Those are the three lessons I’ve learned recently! I have a lot more to share, but this post is long enough already and I need to study for finals (eek)!

What life lessons have you learned lately?


  1. You and Jimmy are both very smart and have your priorities in order. I know things will work out with finding a place to live and it’s awesome that you’re spending some time with your sister while you still live together.

  2. That first lesson is such a good one! I mean, they all are. But it’s so easy to forget to enjoy where you are and only long for what comes next. Love this post, girl!

  3. Amen to enjoying the current chapter!!! There is absolutely nothing to gain from fretting about the past and there is so much to lose by focusing only on the someday’s and when-if’s. Every chapter has a purpose and you are so wise to realize it and enjoy where you are! Keep it up!!

  4. I like this post a lot Allie and it is so true. It’s hard to be in such an in between spot with life but you know soon everything will be at peace and case closed. I am super excited for you.

  5. So perfectly written. You really have a talent for writing! I like the one about the in between. It’s important to enjoy every part of life! ❤

  6. I’ve learned to love and let God. Love myself enough to be loved. Love other people enough to let them in. But always love God. Where are you going on your honeymoon?!

  7. Not to quote Frozen, but I have been trying to just Let It Go in situations. My life is just a ball of stress lately, not anything in particular, but all of it together. Just letting things go is what I’m trying to do! Love your lessons!

  8. You have such a strong connection with the Spirit in you — and it really just shines. You are the salt, the city on a hill…
    Girl, even across boundaries like miles and technology, I am sitting here right now about ready to get my praise break on.
    Thank you for sharing (0:

    What God is showing me right now is that he really DOES care about everything and have a place in everything in our lives — stuff that we may feel is minutia, we can let God into that space.Talk to Him about it. I recently (WHY OH WHY did I never think about this before?) decided to really lean into God and ask him to guide me in my diet/nutrition (because you know I got issues there) and wow. Just….wow.

    1. Wow, what a compliment! Thank you so much, Missy. Hearing (er.. reading) that makes me feel really good because I really want my faith to be PRESENT and evident in my blog!

      I’m so happy to hear that God is showing you so much lately. He’s just so good, isn’t He?! Seriously. He blows my mind daily. I hope you continue to feel that close with God! Love you! 🙂

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