Hi blog friends!
Boy, has it been awhile since I have talked to the each of you?! I miss you all so much, and also this lovely little blog of mine. Don't worry, I'm not going anywhere though. The only reason why I haven't blogged at all hardly this past month was because I was finishing up my first term of graduate school. The end of the term was MADNESS my friends, absolute madness. I had three different papers to turn in, a presentation, and also final grades to submit for my students from the two different public speaking classes that I teach at my University. Phew, I'm overwhelmed just writing all of that out. The good news though? I made it out alive, thankfully.
The truth is though, I couldn't have done any of it all without my savior guiding me through it all. Each day when I was beyond tempted to carry the weight of my burdens on my own, I knew that I had to fight against my flesh and give them all up to my savior. Now, as I sit here at home with my family for winter break, I'm so happy to finally have a break and just relax. However, I won't lie to you guys, I have really been struggling these last few days of being home with just relaxing. Why is that? I couldn't tell you. For some reason its just been hard.
I think that a big part of the stress that I am feeling right now is coming from the new experience of being a teacher, and having so much responsibility with submitting grades for my 36 students. That has been stressing me out like crazy. I'm so terrified that I made a mistake on one of their grades, or that somehow some of their grades weren't submitted into the system. The enemy has really been stealing my joy lately with all of that, y'all. If you could be praying for me to have peace, then that would be awesome.
Do you guys struggle with stress and anxiety with whatever new pressures the day brings to you? I feel that this is something that is pretty common for the each of us to experience, but Jesus calls us to trust Him beyond our feelings. It may be hard to give up our burdens to the Lord, but we have to do it in order to feel peace. My prayer today is that we would simply just strive to have more Jesus in our daily lives, and less of ourselves. The more we have of Him, the more peace we will have in our lives.
"I have told you all of this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."
Butttt the number one thing that I miss right now is the EACH OF YOU. My blogging community, who means so much to me. How are you guys?! What is new in your lives? please fill me in, because I know that we have a lot of catching up to do. I am looking forward to beginning to blog more, now that I will have a lot more free time.
I love you guys! Looking forward to catching up! :)
Love always, Jess