Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Mom May Have a Point :)

Recently, my mom told me that when I'm in the zone of working on my homework or a project, I tend to speak rudely to those around me just because I am so consumed with keeping my grades up. At first I didn't want to see it, but after reading these past three days of devotionals, I have realized that she knew what she was talking about. I have discovered that when I'm stressed about school, I do not have a sincere love for people, and that really makes me a little upset with myself. I have thought about this and have realized that if I put my relationships first and truly love others (even when I am stressed) I would have no reason to talk rude to them. I would no longer be consumed with my school work, but consumed with loving and bringing out the best of the people around me. This summer while working on houseboats, there will stressful times, but through these devotionals, I have learned that by truly loving all the people around me, and bringing out the best in them, I won't be consumed with the stress and problems I am facing that week, and then I will be better able to minister and serve the campers on the boat.
I'm praying for you all and hope you all have a great rest of the week! Can't wait to see you all in 2 months and 4 days! (Not like I'm counting or anything ;))

1 comment:

  1. Amanda I have been SO convicted, just in the last two weeks, of honestly what a foothold Satan has in my heart when I am stressed out.

    Just like any enemy of war would, Satan sits around strategizing where the weakest link in the front line is and how to break through it to get into the enemy's (aka my) territory. For me, that link is my level of stress, since it's usually correlated with little sleep, irrational thinking, etc.

    Anyway... I digress. The point is that I was so convicted that getting stressed isn't just "getting stressed" anymore. Getting stressed is honestly succumbing to Satan's lure to get me to sin. My fuse is short, I can be rude and say hurtful things towards people I love, and I struggle to give Jesus the best that I have to offer in those times.

    So, my friend, a) this is great stuff to be practicing NOW, because you're right - summer may (will) have stressful elements to it. b) learn to recognize those attacks from the enemy as just that! and c) I would encourage you to ask Jesus to be working in your heart in the next two months and four days in this regard.

    And oh yeah... hang in there with these manic days in your last semester of high school ever!!! :)


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