In thirty-four days I will be back state-side, home, for the summer. I only have two more weeks of classes, then two weeks to travel and do the tourist thing before I come back to the states.
I’m nervous, ya’ll. I feel like I’ve been away forever, and I know that I have changed, (hopefully for the better). There are so many lessons that I have learned from being here in China this year, and I am eagerly anticipating what next year will bring.
10 Things I’ve Learned this Year:
- Be more Patient – sometimes it takes me 45 minutes on the bus to get two miles down the road (during rush hour) and that getting mad about it won’t change anything. Don’t get upset over the little things, they will quickly pass, but the hurt caused to others will linger much longer.
- Be Gentle – you never know what struggles and heartache another person is facing so be quick to show compassion and slow to judge. (Proverbs 15:1).
- Life is not a timeline – when I was younger I had a five (5) year plan, and a ten (10) year plan for that matter, but I have learned that even the best laid plans don’t always happen, just let God do his thing and follow through the doors he opens.
- God has a Plan – Sometimes you just have to trust that his ways are higher than mine, and wait.
- Bloom where you are planted – Whether it be America, China, north, south, east or west, you just have to find your happiness wherever you are. (Philippians 4:11).
- Trust more, worry less – Most of the things I worry about never happen, and those that do I can’t control anyway. (Proverbs 3:5).
- Prayer works – God answers our prayers when we ask in faith. (James 5:16).
- Ask for wisdom – Our father gives wisdom generously to those who ask, when we ask in faith. (James 1:5-6)
- Seek wise council – I’m teaching my kids this semester that there are two ways we change our thinking and ultimately our lives. That is the books we read and the people we are around. Find people that are positive influences on your life.
- Remember the good, and let the bad go – Holding on to bitterness only steals your own happiness. There are so many great things going on in my life, why would I ever focus on the negative. Afterall, the same sun that melts butter, hardens clay. I pray that I will always be the butter…
I am excited to see all of you this summer, so the countdown has begun.
Love and Hugs,