Lesson 1: I MUST LIVE IN THE PRESENT. I am such a planner… I always like to figure out the future. God has been working on me for years trying to teach me to relax and let Him have the future. Well, He has brought me to a place where I have no choice. When I look to the future, I become overwhelmed and homesick. When I live in the moment, I experience more and am filled with joy! I’m still not very good at it, but I am working extra hard to take in one second at a time.
Lesson 2: I MUST DEPEND ON HIM FOR STRENGTH. God is enough, and never too much. He is the One who gives me the strength to take each step one-by-one, and the One who will provide everything as I need. Though the people around me are a tool He uses to help me on this journey, they are not where my strength lies.
Lesson 3: KEEP LOOKING OUT. When I start to look in on myself, that is when I start trying to figure out the future, seek to find strength within myself, and grow homesick. When I look out, I see God at work, experience all that He places in front of me, and find purpose in where I am at the current time.
Along with these lessons, God blessed me with several people who gave me advice for overcoming homesickness today. I feel so much better tonight. However, I know that times of struggle with still come at different points thought my time here. But it is so wonderful to have these lessons to keep in mind. I continue to pray for strength and reminders of these truths when such struggles come.