Sometimes we don’t even realize what we’ve been learning until we intentionally reflect on it. Thats why I love linking up to Emily P. Freeman’s “What I Learned” posts once in a while. It’s so important and essential to really look at what we are learning in the seasons that we’re in. God is always at work and it helps me to pay attention to what he is teaching me, because a lot of the time I am distracted and forget to reflect. So here we go…
What I Learned in February:
1. It’s good to take seasons away from social media.
A few days after Lent began, my Dad asked me if I was giving anything up. I said no, but the more I thought about it, I realized I did have a prompting in my heart to give up Facebook and Instagram. This is simply for a season, to allow more space and room for God’s voice. Social media is really addicting, especially when I’m home a lot…It’s all too easy to spend hours scrolling or searching. So I’m turning it off until Easter. And you know what? I really haven’t missed it all that much. It’s given me a freedom and space that mentally, I really needed in this season.
2. Memorizing scripture keeps me focused on TRUTH and God’s goodness.
This was a very stressful month for us as we moved! We also had a sick kid (an evening in the ER with him the week we moved), I almost went into labour at 34 weeks (spent the night at the hospital to be monitored), and my husband got super sick the week after we moved. It was pretty awful. After this all settled down, I found myself feeling super exhausted and, in turn, very anxious. Usually when I’m not getting the rest I need, anxiety kicks in so much easier. Last week I wrote down two verses and stuck them to my fridge. It may seem like a small thing, but the simple practice of reciting those verses when I see them or throughout the day as they pop into my mind is really helpful! It keeps me focused on heavenly things, rather than my earthly troubles. It reminds me that God is in control and he loves me. It reminds me that even when life is uncertain or worries overtake my mind, I can trust the one who has created me and holds the whole world in his hands.
3. Power naps. Enough said.
Ok, so seriously, I have NEVER been a napper. I watched a periscope where she talked about trying out power naps and how it’s really helped her get through the day. I started going to lay down while Landon is napping. I don’t set my alarm but I tell myself that I will keep my eyes closed for 10 minutes. Last week, I think I fell asleep every single time. It may be because I’m 37 weeks pregnant and my body needs it, but it gives me hope that when my newborn is here, I will be able to nap (because goodness knows I will need it!)
4. February in Ontario is a bit depressing and I can’t wait for spring!
On top of some of the stress I experienced this past month, it’s also been pretty darn cold and yucky out. I’m a BC girl and usually February is starting to feel a lot more like spring than winter. I’m reminding myself that SPRING is around the corner and dreaming about walks in the sunshine and bright pink tulips. I love spring and I can’t wait! I’m so happy we’re having another spring baby.
5. We are all wired for connection and sometimes we have to fight for it.
We have lived in Ontario for almost 2 years now. But our long season of transition is finally over. We have bought a house and we have a plan and direction we feel God calling us to. Now that we’re getting settled, I feel even more compelled to reach out and develop good friendships here. It’s not an easy thing to do. Sometimes it feels vulnerable and sometimes I’m tired and I wonder if it’s worth it. But every single time I make time for connection, I know that it’s worth it. I’m more extroverted than I realized (in the sense that being with other people brings me energy)… and connection and friendship is something I will always pursue and fight for because God’s wired us for relationship and we need connection.
February was a bit of a hard month. But you know what? The hard spaces are often the places where we learn the most and they often lead us into more spacious, open, lighter places. We just have to hold onto hope and truth. And keep dreaming about those tulips. Spring is coming…. 🙂 What did you learn in February?