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The Top 3 Lessons I Learned in 2017.

Our Creator is continually molding us, using our experiences and allowing others that can draw out our best self, if we let them. At the end of each year, I like to take time and look back on the year. This year was a year of numerous changes in every aspect of my life. Reflecting back on 2017, I see how much I’ve been able to learn and mature. Without all the complexity, and if I had stayed in my comfort zone, I wouldn’t have been pushed to growth. Most of all, without these changes, I would not have developed a closer relationship with my Savior. Without further ado, here are the top 3 lessons I learned in 2017.

1. Faith truly is believing in the “assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” There were certain decisions I made in faith, with wise consult, realizing God was leading me in a new direction. People thought I was crazy at times (even if they didn’t say it). In each situation, God came through. In fact, He came through in the nick of time in the last instance! Faith is not easy. I learned how uncomfortable it can be to live in the discomfort of now while not yet having the answer of how the situation would play out. But a life of faith brings us into a closer relationship with God. Walking by faith means sometimes taking the first step forward when you don’t know exactly where you’ll step next, or why you’re being asked to step that way! God is truly faithful.

2. Always surround yourself with positive people who truly want the best for you. When it comes down to it, the people you thought were in your corner…May not actually care about you as much as you thought. In difficult times, people will show their true character. Look at the character of those around you. Just as we are called to “test every spirit,” it’s important to examine the character of those influencing us. Negativity and criticism pull you down more than you can imagine. Unfortunately, I had to learn that the hard way. Going forward, I’m eager to spend time with the people who encourage me and build me up, and building new relationships of this sort. Positive relationships are life-giving and bring joy.

3. When I am weak, Christ is strong. I’m actually a little bit in awe when I look back on the year. A lot has happened in one year! Especially when it came to school, I sometimes wondered how I was going to finish strong. With Christ, we are overcomers. Leaning on Him, we can accomplish so much more than we ever thought possible! We can make it through situations that seem impossible. With Christ, I made it through difficult job changes, grueling semesters of school, and (by the end of the year) multiple moves. I’m going to keep leaning on Christ’s strength as life continues to change and require great persistence!

What lessons have you learned in 2017?

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Protect Your Mind.

Have you ever pondered the power of your mind? Your mind allows you to make numerous decisions every day. The mind has allowed people to create masterpieces of all sorts. The thoughts from human minds, then put into action, have changed the world. As with anything, with great power comes great responsibility. 

It’s important to protect your mind. Be careful of what you are allowing into your mind. It will start to color your thoughts and perceptions without you even realizing it. Your thoughts can make or break you. Your thoughts affect your mental health, which can even affect your physical health. Spiritually, too much of what we can hear or see is negative. It doesn’t inspire or help us to become better people.

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The news broadcasts the most hideous acts against human life. For myself, I’ve realized it’s not benefiting me to read or watch. It is not inspiring. It makes me feel depressed and wrenches my heart. While it’s part of our call to lift up the world in prayer, I don’t need to read any more gruesome details. Nor is it healthy for our minds to become accustomed to seeing traumatic images. The songs on the radio often glorify evil or trivialize the gift that is sexuality. We were created for so much more than the lies the media feeds us.

I don’t want to be in the company of gossip or crude talk, either. This is garbage for the mind and heart. It harms relationships. I want to be in the company of inspiration, of encouragement and upbuilding. I want to be around people who are going places in their lives. Their conversations and presence feed my mind and spirit.

Let’s strive to root our minds in God and His word. When we do this, He brings us back to who we really are. He restores balance. Jesus is the Living Water that hydrates our spirits and our minds. When we keep our mind stayed on Him, only He knows the amazing things that we can do.

God gave you your mind to do great things. Be careful what you put into it and how you use it.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”-Philippians 4:8