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.
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.
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.
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?