Learning life lessons...on Christmas break?

With the Christmas and New Year holiday fun gone, it's time to get back to school! How has that been for you? I started on Monday, so I've been slowly getting back into it. I was surprised by how much I actually missed it during the Christmas break. I was longing to something other than the Christmas break norm of reading, chatting with friends, and looking at blogs. Seriously, my poor friends and I were running out of things to talk about! I was counting down the days to start my history course, get back to my ASL, and Algebra. I couldn't wait to learn
 But, then it hit me. 
  I felt empty. School had taken over my life. It was my goal. It was my every thought. What do I have to do next? What should I study for? Oh dear! I should do more Algebra. Look at the time...I still haven't done my American Sign Language yet. 

I would get soooooo stressed out about it. 

Because I forced myself into thinking school was everything. 

I forgot something really important.

Reading my Bible.

Talking to God.

Praying.

And, most importantly, being like Jesus.

I became grumpy and stressed. Making my needs important. My grades. How much school I got done. I seriously forgot that Jesus loved me even if I was behind in algebra a bit. I didn't have time to read the Bible...but Jesus had time to speak those words for us to read. 

It isn't about me. It is about Him!

I learned more than I thought I did over Christmas break. A lesson worth learning! Thank you Lord for teaching me. I wonder what my next lesson will be? :) 

What about you? What has God been teaching you? Do you get caught up in life and forget about after this life sometimes? 



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  1. We've all gone through times like this-it's so easy to fall into this trap.
    I've started school again too- I'm trying to ease myself back into it. Especially getting up so early. ;)
    Have a blessed day!
    Grace

    theshortendofthings.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for your encouraging comment, Grace! :) How are your studies going? I was expecting my algebra to be a lot harder after being away from it for a while. Thankfully, I was wrong! Haha, I don't like getting up early either. :D

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    2. Getting back in the rountine of things was actually fairly easy. (School is cancelled for today- so that gives me some more time to catch up!)
      I really don't like Algebra- I don't why but I've never liked math! Maybe I'm crazy, but it's never been a favorite....:) I love reading and history, (I also adore my teacher and class for those subjects-which is partially why I love them so much!) and it was really fun to get back to those!
      Have a wonderful day!
      Grace

      theshortendofthings.blogspot.com

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    3. Oh awesome! I had a day off yesterday since I had to go to the doctors. Algebra can be hard..but I try not to think about and just get it done. Sometimes, you have to do that with certain things your don't like...you know, like washing dishes or something. :) I love reading and history too! I am actually basically doing all history right now, which is pretty awesome. :) But then..in a month or so, it will be a lot of science. Bleck. :P haha! Do you have a lot of snow?

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    4. We've had a little bit of snow, nothing major. We had a lot of snow in November!

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    5. We did too, but we are going to get 6 inches of snow today on top of the 3 that we already have. :P How cold is it for you? -16 is normal over here...

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    6. Wow- that's cold! It's a little under 0° over here!

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  2. quite true, quite true. God has a wonderful way of showing us things... Oh, and did my comment on your last post go through? Like not the first one, but the second one? I dunno.... Anyways, those do sound like fun courses and classes... Well, as fun as school is I guess. Surprisingly. the week going back to school hasn't been too bad. Praise God for that :)

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    1. Yes, He does! And usually...I take forever to see it. :P I have two comments from your on my last post. I published them both..did you try and do another, but it didn't go through? Those are the only ones I got..so. :P Yes! School can be quite fun, if you want it to be that way. :) I am sooo glad school is going well for you! I pray it will continue to. :) What are your plans for this weekend?

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  3. Great post, Julia! I'm already done with school but I continue to learn everyday. I love it when the Lord shows me new things in His Word. Lately I've been reading a book on the Proverbs 31 woman. It has been so awesome. I hope and pray God will help me be like her both now and in the future when I have my own home and family.
    Thanks for your post. Keep learning and sharing!!
    Rebekah

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    1. Thank you Rebekah. :) Oh, that book sounds really good! Could you please tell me the author of the book? I would love to get it from my library sometime. Your comment was very encouraging, and I thank you for that. :) Have a blessed rest of your week!

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  4. Great post, Julia! This is a very good lesson, and a very encouraging post. :-) I do have tendency to get caught up with life sometimes, and not remember to read my Bible, and other things like that. This post was a wonderful reminder. :-)
    ~Katie@ liliesofgrace.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Katie! It was a real good eye opener writing the post too. Sometimes your thoughts get all jumbled up in your head, but writing them down can make them so much clearer. :)

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  5. Yes, yes, yes! This has been my week for the past several days. I've been so stressed about school too that I can't think straight and calm down, at all. I'm going to try to listen for Him more. :)

    xoxo Morning

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    1. Well, I'm glad that I am not the only one who feels this way! :) I hope my blog post was able to encourage you to slow down a bit and enjoy what is going on in your life..and not to forget the God who created you. :)

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  6. Very good post! It was a good reminder. :)

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  7. Beautiful photos of the snow and good message! I've been studying Ecclesiastes.

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    1. Oh neat! Where are you right now? I am going to try and read the Bible in a year, so I am right now half way through Genesis and a few chapters into Matthew. :)

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  8. I can totally relate! Thanks for the post! And, strangely enough, I've actually been enjoying algebra lately... :P

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    1. Really? Have any tips for me? ;) I don't mind it, but actually motivating myself to move and get it done can be hard when I'd rather read. ;)

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    1. Thanks! :D I learned a lot writing it. :) By the way, have you gotten my letter? I forget when I sent it..lol!

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  10. Thank you Julia for that gentle reminder. It even happens to those of us in our mid-40s :-) Blessings to you and your family this new year!

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    1. Thanks Christine for your lovely comment! I pray that I will be willing to keep on learning as the years go by. :) To you and your family too! ♥

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  11. Amazing Julia!! I just posted it on my blog and added your button, :) Have a great day!

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