14 October 2014

The Gap Year Grind | 5 Lessons Learnt So Far

I just realized that in a couple of days I'll be hitting the two month mark of my gap year! It has gone by so fast, it's a little crazy. But at the same time I'm SO excited to see what God will do in my life during this time.

However, in just two months I've learnt a few things about myself and about God.

First things first, "unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain". [Psalms 127: 1]

If it's not God's plan, you can't force it to be. And even if you do, it won't turn out A+. You just have to go with the flow of things. At the beginning of my gap year I applied for two different internships. One never got back to me and the other one asked me to reapply in January. I was a bit bummed out because I was so ready to be productive the ways I THOUGHT I wanted to be.

But God is too great because Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future". That's an amazing promise. And as always, He came through.

I began volunteering at the New Life Home Trust, a babies' home and I enjoy my time there so much! I've learnt so many skills [bottle and spoon feeding, entertaining toddlers, speaking in baby language aw yea] and I've been TRULY blessed by that place. It gets so tired taking care of children uhuh but it's so worth it. Especially seeing them smile.

How awesome is God? For real!

And now, I'm an assistant for my children's service at church {durr, where else} and I love EVERY. SINGLE. CHILD. I got the chance to start the J-Church choir, and it's so mind-blowing how God has used all those years of music lessons and choir classes for this! IT'S HONESTLY so great I can't even explain how grateful and in awe of God I am! I'm just praying that He would lead in every single thing.

Also, some things that I've learnt about myself that are significant to me, but are insignificant because my God is greater than all of them put together would be the fact that:

  • I am extremely impatient, like bruh I can count so many moments just these past two weeks were I've gotten so impatient, which then leads to anger smh [and that's not a fruit of the Spirit so I need to be rid of that]
  • I am inconsistent with so many things. Exhibit A: this blog in itself.
  • I like to do things on my own regarding some things, but I have no strength of my own. My strength comes from the Lord.
And last but not the least:
I am in desperate need of His grace and guidance every.single.hour.

I'm curious to see how God transforms me this year! 
How about you? Have you being noticing little things that God is transforming in you? I want to hear about it!

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  1. I am excited to read how God continues to transform you this year. I love working with children! their smiles are the best and the stories they tell are awesome and so honest most of the time. I alway have fun working with small children, the older they get the more love it or hate it moments I have. Anyhow, That's awesome that you have been able to use all that you have learned in the past about music now in the work that you are doing. It is nice to hear about all God is doing in your life. :)

  2. Wow, you're awesome! These are such great lessons to be learning. Good luck with the rest of your gap year!!


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