What has God taught you so far this year?

If you’ve joined me on Facebook, you’ve probably seen me occasionally share posts from one of my favorite websites for Christian women online – Exemplify Online & Magazine.  If not, no worries.  You can click here (or on the title of the website, mentioned a couple of sentences ago. :-)) to check them out.

On this delightful Tuesday morning, I was pretty excited to find that today is “link up day” for the Sassy Single Bloggers on the Exemplify Singles Channel.  Woo Hoo!!  🙂  I missed the April link up, but May is here, and I am ready to share!  The question to guide our May post:  What has God taught you so far this year? My initial answer, “How much time do you have????”  LOL….

Seriously, though, I realize it is only month five of 2010 that’s coming to a close, but for me it feels like we should already be rounding out at least the third quarter.  Whew!  What a whirlwind, but I won’t digress this time.  Let’s dive in.  Here are 30 quick things God has taught me so far this year:

1.    I am not in control.

2.    My thoughts and ideas about who He is are often flawed.

3.    His love for me is not measured by how often I get it right, and He doesn’t strip me of blessings each time I mess up.

4.   With Him all things are possible.

5.    Everything isn’t a test.

6.    It’s ok to say no, even if someone else thinks I should say yes.

7.   Joy does come in the morning.

8.    to believe what He told me despite how things appear in the natural

9.    What grace and mercy really mean

10.  He will renew my strength if I wait on Him.  (Although, sometimes it may seem to take a minute.)

11.  If He withholds something from me, it really isn’t good for me, whether I believe it or not.

12.  Relationship is inevitable.  Commitment, however, is optional.

13.  He adores me!

14.  Faith without works is dead.  Works without faith is just exhausting.

15.  He really is the Dream Giver.

16.  My writing is one of His special gifts to me.

17.  my focus should be to please Him, not to please others

18.  to guard my heart

19.  He’s always there, even when it doesn’t feel like He is.

20.  Free will is real.

21.  Fear and love cannot co-exist.

22.  When things look strange, trust Him wholeheartedly anyway!  He will lead me where He wants me to go.

23.  to keep my word and follow through when I say, “yes”.

24.  comfort zones can be dangerous; “on the water” is where I’ll find Him

25.  His desire is for me to have His best.  If I end up with something less, I need to ask myself where I got it from.

26.  He’s the only one who will ever love me perfectly.

27.  Obedience is indeed better than sacrifice, but it doesn’t mean sacrifice won’t hurt sometimes.

28.  to never, EVER give up on His promises

29.  He hears and answers prayers. When I asked Him to start my life over, He did.

30.  to follow His Spirit

So there you have it, folks!  This is just a sampling of the many things God has taught me, already, this year.  I don’t know about you, but I’m thirsty for more!  I’m expecting to learn even more as the days, weeks, and months continue.  Maybe He’ll teach me some things through you.  I want to hear from you.  What has God taught you so far this year?

P. S.  Don’t forget to check out Exemplify Online & Magazine.  If you’re a single sister with a blog, make sure you subscribe to Exemplify Online and be on the lookout for opportunities to share your blog with other sisters in Christ.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Christy
    May 26, 2010 @ 13:34:37

    So glad you could join us Monica! I am learning so many of the same lessons…especially about control. And I am so loving that He is our Dream Giver.

    He loves us so, doesn’t He?

    🙂

    Reply

  2. Wanda
    May 26, 2010 @ 19:17:01

    Enjoyed reading about what you’ve learned thus far. Can you elaborate on #12? I particularly like #3,14 and 24. It speaks so much to me.

    Reply

    • wisdomvirtueandrubies
      May 26, 2010 @ 20:01:32

      Hi Wanda! Wow, it seems we may have been posting comments to each other at the same time. Your post was truly a blessing.
      When I read your comment, my Spirit immediately knew what #12 was. This has been a very recent lesson for me. Basically it means this, we are born into relationship. We have parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. We have working “relationships”, business relationships, etc. But are we committed. I can say I’m your friend, but does my level of commitment to the relationship reflect it? I work for you today, but if something better comes along tomorrow, I’m OUT! LOL… Commitment is always a next step choice, and the relationship is only as strong as the level of commitment.

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      • Wanda
        May 30, 2010 @ 22:29:30

        Hmmm….that’s good girl. Never thought about it like that. Certainly flesh and blood didn’t reveal that to you.

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