Lessons I Learned in 2013: God Is Enough For Me

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Photo By: Ava Verino
Photo Content: Erika Glenn
Source: “Backgrounds” application for Android
Title: “Glittering Sea” http://inadesigncreations.blogspot.com/

God is enough for me.

I never thought I’d hear myself say those words,  but I caught myself saying them for the first time about 6 weeks ago.

When I was a little girl, I would often hear the church mothers  (women of wisdom) at my grandmother’s church say “God is enough for me,” but I was a child so I did not quite understand the meaning of those words.  For me, those words were just a familiar phrase.  It was not until this year when I set a goal to know God beyond being a familiar acquaintance that those words achieved meaning in my life. You see, 2013 was a wonderful year but it was also a year of planting, pruning and purging.  There were many times when my relationship with God felt inconvenient because I could not do what I wanted to do.  When I wanted to pursue the desires of my heart, I was reminded of my commitment and I had to choose the desires of God’s heart over my own desires.

As a kid “God is enough for me” had absolutely no effect on me because there was always someone to do things for me.  There was always someone to provide for me and care for my needs.  As a kid, my parents were enough for me because they were the ones available when I bruised my knee, fell off a bike or failed a test.  It was not until my transition into adulthood when life and experiences began to change.

When I became an adult, I moved away from my family and I began to travel. I attended school out-of-state, entered relationships, and made new friends.  I experienced a whole new life because for the first time, I was on my own. I was free to make new decisions but I was also responsible for handling the consequences of my decisions.  Over time, my choices began to place new demands on my faith, and my parents and friends were no longer available at two o’clock in the morning to solve my problems or wipe away my tears.

Rather than running to others for comfort and support, I had to form a new relationship. I had to learn to trust a new person so much, to make Him my first choice to comfort my pain, fears and tears.  I had to learn to rely on Him for my joy and peace, and be confident that He would never abandon me.  Lessons like these could not be learned until I made a conscious decision to pursue God in all things, and these are things I learned in 2013.

In learning to pursue God and place Him above all things, I learned what the women of my grandmother’s church knew about God. When everything around me seemed to be falling, I learned that God’s promises were all I needed to keep moving ahead (1 Cor. 1:20).  I learned that God is enough for me.

Today, I can truly say “God is enough for me” because when I thought I needed more, His supply of love, favor, support, hope and finances were always more than enough to meet my needs.  Are there times when I still desire more?–absolutely! I’m human, so I always want more.  However, God has matured me (and He is still maturing me) to be content with what He gives and when He gives it to me.  While I still have many desires in my heart, His peace has enabled me to say “hey God, I really want to accomplish these one or two goals but if they don’t come to pass, it’s okay because you are enough. Or, if I don’t meet the man of my dreams, it’s okay because I’m okay with fulfilling your dreams for me.”

Having the faith to make confessions like these is not always easy but life is much more peaceful knowing what I have is enough.  When we are okay with God being enough, He is able to increase us and use what we have to stretch further and last longer.  He’s able to use our singleness to bless others, use our finances to make our dreams come true, and use our peace to give others joy.

Being able to say “God is enough for me” is just the beginning of my journey in my walk of faith.  While I am SURE, there will be many more times when my desires seek to outrun God’s plans,  I am thankful that on the days when God says “no, not now or not yet,” I will be able to say “it’s okay God…you are enough for me.”

Happy Saturday! =)

~ETE

6 Comments
  • Courtney
    December 28, 2013

    Amen!! God is enough for me!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      December 28, 2013

      Amen! =)

  • Roselyn
    December 28, 2013

    Today was quite a challenge, I had a dilemma and didn’t know what or how to deal with the situation. I Immediately felt the need to read a post from your blog and it will help me deal with the situation. And indeed i was blessed with a soothing message that quenched my heart and help me carry on. Seeing the title “God is enough for me” all I could do was simple and tell myself Erika has something good that will make my day better, and as always God spoke to you. Through you and your messages we find hope and encouragement laid on your heart. I am so grateful for you and what you share with all. You are so blessed with wisdom from God and deliver your messages with words that are so encouraging. As you share your lessons learned with us know we are also gaining growth and impeccable wisdom from you!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      December 28, 2013

      Roz, I’m speechless and in awe from reading your post. It reminds me of God’s promise in Psalm 27:13 that says “I remain confident that I will see God’s goodness in the land of the living.” Your words are so encouraging to me because I kept struggling with the words in today’s post. I struggled to write the words that I thought were right and I struggled to write what I thought was encouraging. I looked at the clock and noticed that I spent nearly 2 hours editing and making things “right” when finally, I just decided to say a prayer and hit the “publish” button. Your words testimony is so encouraging because it reminds me that God always knows what is best. He always knows what is just right and He always knows what is needed in order to accomplish His work. I’m so thankful for God’s wisdom. I know that every idea, every thought and every word is made possible, only because of Him. Thanks so much for always reading what God places on my heart. Each time you post a comment, I feel as though we grow closer and deeper in God and having that support is invaluable. You may have been the one who needed encouragement today but your words have encouraged and impacted me in a great way this evening. I am thankful for the woman of God that you are my friend. Love, Erika =)

  • challenyee
    December 29, 2013

    Erika, thank you for your sincerity. You are a powerful witness for God’s grace.

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      December 29, 2013

      Thanks my friend! I once heard a pastor named Robert Madu say “as long as you’re honest, you’ll never run out of material.” I believe his words are very true so I try my best to write from the heart, and always be transparent. Thanks so much taking the time to read today’s post. It means a lot to me. =) God bless you my friend!

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