One month of school has come and gone so incredibly fast.
How crazy to think about where I’m at, and all the ups and downs that have brought me here.
I walked from summer into the new school year feeling more empowered and equipped to take on the semester, stronger than I had been before. Of course, that meant that the enemy used anxiety to hit me stronger than ever before. I suppose there’s just something about school that heightened my symptoms (more than I experienced over the summer), so I began to doubt that I was improving at all and that I could even try to have a better semester.
But through all of the hard days, and moments when I just wanted to give up already, God has been there, continuously reminding me of His goodness:
in little things (like plants and sunshine) that make me smile,
in the breath in my lungs and a life to be grateful for,
in powerful moments where He speaks so clearly,
in friendships that radiate love and truth,
and in His consistent, ever faithful, pouring out of
[even when I fall short]
Wow. how refreshing to the soul, to slow down and look at how good our God is!!
Even then, with all the evidence of His presence, it's easy to get caught up in life, losing hope and motivation within an instant, forgetting all He has done.
So I’m setting some goals for myself, and I encourage you to do the same. Let’s be more consistent in:
I know, from personal experience this past summer and this month, setting goals can be helpful, but it can also stress me out to the point of stopping me from moving forward. I think of all the times I messed up, all I have yet to do, where I’m not, who I am not, and all that I need to “fix” in my life. But I don’t want that to happen this time around.
It’s easier said than done, but I’ve learned, the more I spend time in God’s presence, the quieter those fears become. For He has a good plan. He is working in ways that I don’t always see. Looking back gives me the opportunity to reflect on His perfect timing, shown to me again and again.
So let’s give ourselves grace:
appreciate how far you’ve come,
work towards those goals, but above all,
trust God’s timing and
just enjoy the journey.
Hi! My name is Rachel Schoeff, and I'm a college student in Cleveland, Ohio. With this blog, I aspire to share a little bit of what God is doing in my life, and use that to inspire others. We're all messy people, and we're never going to be perfect, but I hope that, together, we can all learn to embrace being "perfectly in progress."