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What are three hard things you’ve done this week?


LAURA WRITES: What are three hard things you’ve done in the last week? Big, little, medium, something you did by yourself or with others, at home or somewhere else – what hard things have you done?

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  • 1) Not argued with my parents when they made a (few) decision(s) I didn’t like…
    2) Helping work around the house after i finish my school work (our power goes out daily, so that makes for more work) instead of doing fun things I want to do…
    3) Apologized…

  • I like this!! Um, to pick three random things, I’d probably have to say, do work around the house when I felt drained, opened up to someone, and resisted temptation.

  • Trying to submit the leaders in my church, talking to a new friend, and realizing how just how dang sinful I still am and how much I need Jesus (it’s good, I just don’t enjoy being reminded..). Great question! I’m interested to see what everyone else will say.

  • 1-Apologized to my (younger) sister and asked what I could do to better avoid conflict with her next time
    2- Intentionally tried to sit by new people I am working with and not just speaking to people I already knew!
    3-Talking about taking my next step in my walk with Jesus (this one DOES take talking… I am not just avoiding it!) πŸ˜‰

  • Oh, this is a super neat DQ! Hmmm let’s see… Ah yes, I…
    1) started school!
    2)practiced piano… a lot πŸ˜‰
    3)Went to the mall and talked to complete strangers about Jesus… That would qualify as outside of my personal comfort zone, haha! But God is good, and through Him i can do things that i can’t on my own. How cool is that!?!?

  • 1. washed my face every day
    2. had a serious argument with my mother, but managed it in a good resolving skills
    3. went to my anxiety clinic

  • 1. Presented the gospel in front of my whole church and quite a few visitors.
    2. Got a good bit of school done. πŸ™‚
    3. Read my Bible late at night when I’d rather have gone to sleep.

  • 1. Visited my granddad alone
    2. Took a leadership exam
    3. Didn’t yell at my brother when I really wanted to.

  • 1. Quit a video game that was taking up way too much of my time and distracting me from more important things.
    2. Forgave someone who had hurt me.
    3. Set priorities and actually got some important things done! Lol

    Great question, Laura! πŸ™‚

  • 1. Got up a little earlier the past two mornings to be able to have more time in God’s word.
    2. Started my junior year of college (yes, that was a very hard thing to do. πŸ˜‰ )
    3. Drove my car in a huge city even though I hate city driving and it freaks me out and I was aware that I might get lost and, indeed, I did. πŸ˜‰

          • I have full confidence in that. πŸ™‚
            See, I don’t give my full name because somehow people don’t find “Lauren Matilda Eldonna Slimesludge III” to be very pretty…

          • Really? Yeah, I guess that’s one name that doesn’t really become pretty no matter how great the person is. Up until Slimesmudge, it was okay… but even you can’t make that one pretty.
            So how’s it going with your move? A month after my most recent move I was a wreck, so I thought I’d ask.

          • *sniff* My self-esteem… *sob*
            It’s going well, we’re about unpacked and started school now. The weather’s awesome here! I mean, it was cold last night outside, and that would’ve never happened in Texas in August. πŸ™‚ It’s really beautiful here as a plus. Thanks for asking!

          • Well…. just change your last name. That’s all I got for ya. πŸ˜‰
            I can tell you’re used to Texas weather… I would not call last night cold, and I’m not too far from you. So, don’t answer if you don’t want to, but how are you doing with everything?

          • Haha, well it wasn’t like it was freezing, but still where I was wishing I’d brought a jacket. πŸ™‚
            Well, I’d kind of rather not answer, if that’s okay. πŸ™‚ Thanks for asking though!

          • Haha, yep you’re a Texan. πŸ™‚
            Okay, that’s fine. I’ll keep praying for you!

      • Haha! I was actually seriously thinking and praying that when I finally made it home that night. Not only was I driving around in the middle of a big city not knowing where I was, but it also began to downpour really hard so that I could barely see and this is not to mention the fact that I am pretty sure I was not in a very safe part of town either. πŸ˜‰ but I did make it home eventually and without killing anyone. πŸ˜‰

        • Ok, so I was being semi-humorous, semi-serious. I’m very grateful you didn’t kill yourself or anyone else. πŸ™‚ That sounds like a scary experience!

  • 1) Tried to imitate a Saint that I admire greatly by doing Little Things
    2) Made it a goal to be more aware of my mother who provides for my family.
    3) Really pushed myself to not be so lazy and selfish and in turn got many things accomplished.

    Really, all 3 things are related to each other. Haha.

  • 1. Started school recently.
    2. Worked to be patient in a particular situation where I really wanted to scream at someone (don’t worry, I didn’t scream, punch, or have a tantrum. All is well :D).
    3. Started learning how to drive.

  • 1) Kindly turned down a good guy friend at my school who asked me out.
    2) Ended Chemistry a little early to play outside with my little brother.
    3) Let a girl, who I find annoying, sit with me and my friends at lunch.

          • Yass snark shark! haha I have too! I was like wait…”Where’s Lauren??!” thank you for praying, I need it today more than ever. I’m coping with loss and letting go. I’m just really hurt and angry right now. Please keep on praying:) I’m still praying for you and that friend of yours that you’re learning to let go of! Anything else, my friend?

          • God definitely sent you and your encouraging words to me today. Thanks! And I’ll continue to pray for you:)

          • Haha…ummm no I’m not Kate the Snark Shark…who’s that?! *devious grin* Hah, I guess you got me!

          • You gave it away, Kate. You’re supposed to say, “There’s a ‘Kate the Snark Shark’? That’s an awesome name! She sounds like an awesome person, too!”

  • 1) was nice to a girl who has always been rather mean to me
    2) practiced my guitar for the first time in awhile
    3) went outside in the cold to be with some younger kids instead of staying inside

  • 1) Went to a new school for the first time where I only knew 2 people, sat down next to some lonely-looking younger kids during lunch and got to know them.
    2) Ran a mile in 9.5 minutes! I know that’s not super impressive, but it was my first try so I’m happy πŸ™‚
    3) Cooperated when my parents made a decision I did NOT agree with, lol.

  • What a great question, Laura!

    Nothing super-impressive, but anyway…

    1) Really got into focussing for a piano performance (which, by the way, is a real privilege for me, and not something tedious or boring).

    2) Made a new plan for not wasting time on the internet. (Seriously, I think choosing the right time of day to use the internet really helps… I’m on here now just before dinner, after deliberately avoiding it all day. It feels so much better this way.)

    3) Got up to go bike-riding before school (again, something enjoyable, not arduous).

    (Might I add, this should not be a “who can get the most up votes?” competition. Not that anyone said it would be, but you know…)

  • 1. 3 weeks of college level chemistry in one day.
    2. Built a back porch.
    3. Didn’t complain when my sibs ditched me with the kitchen cleanup. (trivial enough, but it was hard!)

  • 1. Waited patiently for people
    2. Witnessed to a Dutch family, and later to a German family
    3. Read my Bible instead of sleeping sooner
    (These aren’t always hard but this week they were little victories)

  • 1. Didn’t get involve in a conversation between two of my sisters that I really wanted to be involved in. Instead, I prayed for them while they had this very vulnerable conversation.
    2. Had several really solid piano practices.
    3. Stayed inside because of my hay fever without complaining instead of moaning about wanting to be outside in the gorgeous weather.

  • 1. Got vulnerable with and ultimately much closer to a friend
    2. Overcame an anxiety attack and became closer to God
    3. Let go of a hurtful relationship I should have left long ago

  • 1. Got ready for college starting in the fall
    2. Helped my brother in karate when I really did not feel like it
    3. Wrote my blog posts early so I didn’t have to deprive myself of sleep (something I do often)

  • 1) Resisted the urge to check the number of upvotes on a comment.
    2) Sat and played I Spy with a little boy at co-op.
    3) Played a game with Mum before bed.

  • 1. Worked on my transcription course each day (hard because none of my siblings but one are doing school yet and I want to still be free but I’m not)
    2. Volunteering as an assistant group leader for VBS this week.
    3. Praying every day.

  • 1. Had two quiet times each day so I can begin and end my day with God’s word.
    2. Talked with a lady I had never met before (that in itself was not hard) and chose to continue a conversation with her when I could have just paid attention to my i-pod while waiting (this was hard).
    3.Sent an e-mail to friend about what I had learned in quiet time even through I was afraid of how she would respond. It felt good writing that e-mail. Fear and worry come after you hit the point of no return (send button).

  • 1.Practiced patience.
    2.Daily surrendered my feelings that overwhelmed and frustrated me to the Lord, and then turned to His voice and truth even when I had the desire to feel sorry for myself.
    3.Worked on my math for hours even though I was so tired of it!

  • Hey im Tia and these are some hard things iv done this week

    1. started school ( witch is hard on me because im homschooled and i just took on three days of school every day)

    2. started a youth group with my friend run by youth for youth

    3. rededicated my life to god

  • 1). I went down to the beach a couple days ago with my friend and introduced myself to a kid who looked lonely and depressed. Ended up chatting with him for a while and he seemed a lot more cheerful when I left. Invited him to my church, he said he’d think about it. That was very scary for me, but God took care of it. πŸ™‚

    2). I cleaned the kitchen for my mom, which turned out to be a fun hard thing! Singing along to Hillsong Y&F while washing dishes – what beats that?? πŸ˜›

    3). My dad called, and I picked up the phone. :/ It wasn’t a picture-perfect conversation, but old wounds are still healing, and our relationship is so much stronger now that I’ve forgiven him.

  • Great question!
    1) I spoke about the Lord to my orthodontist
    2) I did kitchen cleanup when I was in lots of pain
    3) I took an email fast for a week

  • awesome question well lets see here i brought out tracts to people i didn’t even know
    i went to boston for a mission trip and i talked to people that i thought were going to hurt me
    and finally i started doing some very hard scriptures on my iPad
    thanks for asking bye

  • Let’s see here…

    1) I made a resolution to change my life
    2) I cleaned the house for my mom
    3) I made a commitment to get up at 5:30 every morning to spend time with the Lord

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