You can spend your time worrying about a problem or

I wanted to answer the phone call. However, I was scanning groceries at the self checkout. Me: Do I answer, finish checking out, or multitask? 🤔

I decided to finish checking out, and then return the call. Turns out it was a very important call, and as much as I was grateful for it, I was also left in awe at the opportunity God had granted me. The call was about a job offer at my previous place of employment.

You see, I’d chosen to have faith that God would bring job opportunities my way. I’d never experienced this much faith before in regards to finding employment. As opposed to last year when I spent some time worrying about whether or not I’d find a job.

When I got the job offer, I thought about how growing in faith helps one trust in God’s plan and timing. I’ve been growing in faith the past year for multiple reasons. And as a result, I’ve been learning how to apply God’s word in my life.

To help me further understand how God wants me to put my faith into practice, I’ve been reading a book called The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. I learned that God uses one’s circumstances to transform one’s character and that I have power to choose my reactions to everything going on in my life.

For example, when I head into my impatient mode, I remind myself of the things I am grateful for, and I thank God for them in that present moment. I’m also reminded of how I can turn my self-centered attitude into a considerate one, such as by putting more interest on what’s most important to other people.

I’ve learned about the importance of meditating on God’s word. According to Rick, if one can spend their time worrying about a problem, one can learn to focus on God’s word throughout the day. The difference is what we choose to focus on. To put this into practice, I wrote down a bible verse that I wanted to meditate on. I reflected on that verse throughout the day for a week.

This practice isn’t perfect (to my dismay, I realized how easy it is for me to not follow through with God’s teaching…and do the entirely opposite). But it did challenge me to keep God’s word in mind throughout the day and to find ways to apply it. Challenging myself to bring my thoughts and focus back to God throughout the day is something that’s new to me.

With practice and dedication, I hope that it’ll help me continue choosing faith over worry. What has helped you the most in strengthening your faith? How has God used your circumstances to transform your character? How have you been practicing the word of God lately?

The end of 2019. On my terms. 3rd edition.

Check out my blogging buddy Sam “Goldie” Kirk’s roundup of their 2019 posts! Wether you’re looking for creative writing, blogging tips, motivation, wisdom, or news related opinion pieces, Sam’s got something for you. Sam’s writing is interesting, suspenseful, funny, and perfect for your weekend read ☕📖☀️.

Sam’s short story “Reverberation” was recently published in Static Dreams: Volume 2 edited by Lara Caribou. Check out Sam’s post “Goldie is a Published Author!” & “Static Dreams vol. 2 available in paperback!” for more info.

While you’re there, give Sam’s blog One day at a time…To stop a whirlwind a follow!

Congrats once again, Sam!

One day at a time...

First things first:

HAPPY NEW YEAR MY BLOGGING BUDDIES!

May 2020 be filled with

more joy than sorrow, 

more laughter than tears,

more accomplishments than failures.

May your writing flourish

and remain evergreen.

If you know me, you know that I like doing things differently. This is not going to be about how I envision blogging in 2020. It will not be a look back at my accomplishments in 2019, either.

My blogging journey began in 2017. After a few months, it was the end of the year, and everyone was summing up the year and coming up with resolutions for the upcoming year. Admittedly, back then, I did not feel like I had much to boast about, and I definitely had no idea what the new year would bring. What I thought would be cool was a list of all my posts to date. During five or so months…

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Chat with me: blogging & life

hi there! 👋 I’ve been meaning to ask you: what would you like to see more of on this blog?

  • What posts do you most like to read here at The Hummingbird’s Journal blog?
  • What topics would you like me to write more about–whether I’ve covered them before or not?

Going forward, I want to keep feedback from you in mind as I write posts, so that they’re beneficial and meaningful to you.

blogging

Currently the blogging schedule for this blog is new posts on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Typically 4 posts a week. Though I’m highly considering to changing it to 3 posts per week. We’ll see 🙂

If you’re a blogger let me know how blogging is going on your side of the screen:

blogging questions for you

  • Have you changed anything about your blog or blogging process recently? Or are you considering making changes?
  • Have you recently had a blogging aha moment? 💡
  • What was the most recent blog post or blog that inspired you?

life

doesn’t this scarf look so comfy?

I knit another scarf! I’m getting better and better at knitting them.

Sadly, I’m not keeping this one because it’s for my sibling. However, now that I’ve realized that I can knit a scarf at a faster pace, I think I’m going to be knitting more scarves through winter.

currently “reading”

I’ve been listening to the audiobook: What Does Your Soul Love by Gem and Alan Fadling.

What are you currently reading? 📚

I’m going to be resting next week, since I have a week off from work. I think this break has come in perfect timing to pause from the fast pace I’ve going at.

What have you been up to?