So much to Learn

I have so much to learn.

This summer was a time of growth for me— spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. I realized that I have so much to learn about, well, basically everything.   

If I were to look back in the rear-view mirror of my life, I would realize how little I knew and still know about so many things.  We make mistakes and learn from them, and then we move forward with what we’ve learned. I have to keep moving forward and keep growing.  I can’t know it all, but I can strive to become better in every area of my life, every single day. While it’s okay to glance in the rear-view mirror, I don’t want to stare at it all the time.  I just want to focus on what’s in front of me— what’s ahead.

Being a teen, growing up and trying to figure things out is frustrating when you realize that you have handled some areas badly. You wish there was some way to go back into the past and have a do-over., but those experiences have prepared me and are shaping me for my future.

I know I don’t have everything figured out, but I do know that as far as my salvation goes Whose I am and where I stand. I know that I want to live a faithful Christian life, go to heaven one day, and take as many people with me as I can. I know that my influence as a Christian is just as important as anyone else’s and that I need to always guard it. I know what kind of man I want to marry one day. I also know that I want to guard my heart before that day comes, because I don’t want to bring a lot of baggage into my marriage.  

I also know that my parents and family love me and support me no matter what. They want the best for me. Even when I have made mistakes or missteps, said things I wish I could take back, or behaved in a way that wasn’t my best—they are there to lovingly guide me and believe that there is something good in me. 

I know that I love the Lord’s church; I love the family of God and am so thankful to have the blessing and freedoms we have to study God’s truth. I will continue to seek the old paths. I would never want to do anything to cause harm, hurt, division, or reproach.  

I know I am terribly old-fashioned and traditional, but I love family. We are a very tight-knit clan. Blood really is thicker than water. Sometimes people hurt you, and you don’t let people in. We have walls for a reason, and I know this is something my family and myself will work on. However, there is no better group of people than fellow Christians to call family (and friends), and I am so thankful to have them in my life. 

I know that one day I want a family and home of my own. I know what I want a future dating relationship to look like and what qualities I am looking for in a guy. I want that guy to love God with all of his heart, soul, and mind⁠— more so than he could ever love me or our future children. I also know what things I am not looking for in a future husband. 

I know that in order to be ready to earn some sort of degree, to meet my Prince Charming, to work towards my career, and to be a Titus 2 woman, I have so much to learn and grow.  

I know that in order to continue to be a faithful Christian, I need to continue to grow spiritually.  God says, “if you love Me, keep my commandments.” If there is anything at all in life worth achieving, it is this. Keep striving towards that goal.  

No school or degree, no career or relationship, no earthly accomplishment would ever be as valuable, or kabad, to me as living a faithful life and going to heaven. 

I know I still have much to learn, but I am enjoying each step of my journey. Please pray for me, that I will continue to grow in Him. If you would like for us to pray for you in your journey as well, please let us know!

Emma
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