God’s plan

Things I’m learning

It has been a while since I last shared lessons and concepts I’ve been learning in my life. I think personal growth–and recognizing that growth–is important. When I learn something I try to write it down, practice it, and want to share it. The lessons I learn may not be new to you, but I figured I’d share anyways!

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Things I’m learning

1. Act like the person you want to be.
We are all growing, learning, and changing every day. I’m not who I was a year ago, and I will continue to change. I know the person I want to be, and I’m continually working on being that person. I want to be someone who is faithful to God, mentally strong, loving, selfless, and balanced. Am I that person every day? Nope. Not at all. On the hard days, where I feel like I make every mistake in the book, I’m learning to act like the person I want to be. It’s like the “fake it till you make it” concept.

I have learned that trying things–whether it’s becoming a better person, learning a new hobby, etc.–is about consistency, not perfection. We’re never going to be perfect or do things perfectly, but we can consistently try, and that’s what counts. We all have rough days, but keeping the big picture in mind is what it’s all about. If we’re trying our best, one mistake or bad day isn’t the end of the world, it’s simply a learning experience.

2. Write your plans in pencil and give God the eraser.
I suppose this is something that I have learned before, but I continually learn it in different ways. I’m someone who like to have well-laid plans. For the day, week, month, year, etc. It feels comforting to have an idea of what’s happening in my life, what I’d like to do, and know that it’s all written down in my trusty little planner.

For example, just a week ago, I mentioned in this post that Jimmy and I knew in 2016 that we’d be working, getting a puppy, and staying involved with our church. Guess what? We’re not getting a puppy. Unfortunately, some circumstances happened that were out of our control and led us to have to make a decision about whether or not we should get the puppy we’ve been planning on taking into our home for a few months. After prayer and thinking the circumstances through, we decided that God has other plans.

We wrote something down in pencil and God erased it. I don’t know why, but I trust Him. Sometimes time will tell, sometimes things just don’t work out and we won’t know why on this side of heaven. We never know what God has in store for the future, but we can trust that it’s going to be much better than anything we could have planned ourselves!

What have you been learning lately?

Exciting News

Hey guys! I hope everyone is having a good week so far. I just wanted to pop in and share some exciting news.

A few weeks ago, I was asked by one of my communications advisers to be the editor of Penn State New Kensington’s student newspaper, The Nittany Pride

I said yes!

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It’s seriously amazing how I continue see God’s hand in my life. A few months ago, I was really upset about dropping my meteorology class because I knew it would put me behind a semester.

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(^That is a screenshot from part of the post about dropping the class. I’m so glad I trusted God with His plan for me!)

I decided that I would spread my senior year out over three semesters, instead of cramming in an extra class on top of the tough senior classes I have to take. The awesome thing about spreading out my credits is that I now get to take less classes per semester.

So, where am I going with all of this? The bottom line is that if I didn’t drop meteorology, I wouldn’t had the time to commit to being the editor of the school paper. At the time, I didn’t understand why I just couldn’t do well in that class. Then I felt guilty for dropping it, but decided to trust that God would work everything out in some awesome way. He totally did. As usual.

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These are some of my articles published in previous issues:
Pit Bull Terriers: Friend Or Foe?
Animal Protectors Committed to Helping Local Strays
The Importance of Sun-Protection
Leasing Company Helps Landowners With Marcellus Shale
PA TEA Party Grows, Organizers Stand Behind Cain

I have a few more articles that will be in the next edition of the school paper, which is going to be published tomorrow or Monday. Exciting!

I feel extremely blessed to have this opportunity. I know that being the editor of the school paper is a lot of hard work and responsibility, but I’m also really excited to learn and grow through the next few semesters that I will be holding this position.