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To Everything Is A Season

Change is in the wind. I can smell it in the air and feel it on my face. Autumn is the beautiful transition as warm luscious summer gives way to the colder, yet still beautiful, winter season. There is a song that keeps playing in the soundtrack of my mind. I'm sure most of you will be able to hum along as you read the lyrics.

To everything - turn, turn, turn

There is a season - turn, turn, turn

And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die

A time to plant, a time to reap

A time to kill, a time to heal

A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything - turn, turn, turn

There is a season - turn, turn, turn

And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down

A time to dance, a time to mourn

A time to cast away stones

A time to gather stones together

To everything - turn, turn, turn

There is a season - turn, turn, turn

And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time of war, a time of peace

A time of love, a time of hate

A time you may embrace

A time to refrain from embracing

To everything - turn, turn, turn

There is a season - turn, turn, turn

And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose

A time to rend, a time to sew

A time to love, a time to hate

A time of peace, I swear it's not too late!

The Byrds: Turn, Turn, Turn (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

There is a season, God keeps reminding me, for everything under Heaven. I am thankful for the reminder.

As the leaves outside don their brilliant array of colors and the weather snaps a colder breeze, the physical changing of the season mimics my thoughts. There is such a bitter sweetness for me in Autumn. And so it is when I feel the Lord telling me that a season is coming to and end...it is always bitter-sweet. But just as autumn turns to winter in perfect time, so the Lord's timing in my life is perfect as well.

The trees finish their season in grace and beauty...it's their grand finale. I too, want to finish with a graceful grand finale as He transitions me into the next season He is already preparing. A pastor once told me that how you finish one area is how you will begin the next area. In other words, if we let the changing of seasons become ugly and bitter...the following season will be tainted by its ugliness.

A graceful grand finale...that is my desire as I move to the next season.

I so hope the fingerprint  I leave behind will be beautiful and grace-filled...not a bitter taste lingering. So I pray for graciousness, for wisdom, for Truth to reign supreme and above all...for God to work out the details. I don't know what God is planning...it's always something GREAT...but I am content and happy to follow. I struggle to stay focused on His will, at times...but that is part of being human. I am frustrated that I can't plan everything out...but that, too, is human. I want to quit early, earlier than His perfect timing as ordained...again, my flesh crying out to get its way. What good does it do to train for a race and only run 7/8th of it? NONE Good! (As I always say at home)

So I wait as my colors change and pray for a beautiful display for the grand finale.

How are you handling change in your life. Are you kicking and screaming? Do you feel Lost and Confused? Are you resting in His will? When God moves you, and He will, rest in knowing for everything there is a season.

How do I handle change? Three things must happen in my life for me to change gracefully.

  1. Resist the urge to entertain the enemy's lies that make me feel inadequate. "You couldn't hack it," or "So-and-so will be so much better at this." I must always remember that Satan is the Father of ALL lies.
  2. Stand firm against fearing the unknown. I intentionally take time to reminisce about what the Lord has already accomplished through me as I have been faithful in prior seasons.
  3. Ask the Lord for HIS perspective and rejoice with Him as he is moving me into a new and glorious season of life and service.

If you too, are feeling a season of change in your life...take a moment to rejoice that you are in His will and chasing after where He is working. Enjoy the change and rest knowing He is in control. May your transition be more beautiful as the Autumn leaves that usher in the new season.

To Everything...turn, turn, turn

There is a season...turn, turn, turn.

Katie

 

 

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Sometimes...I Forget

Laundry, dishes, work schedules, school, home school group, extra curricular activities, church activities...sometimes they are bigger than the quiet times. mom_hectic_morning_web

Yard work, car maintenance, illness, others in need...sometimes these too, are bigger than the quiet times.

Cuts, bruises, hurt feelings, broken hearts...sometimes we can't even remember the quiet times.

Sometimes...I forget the quiet times in my life. The peace. The rest. The joy. The...exhaling.

This morning, I remembered.

I sat with my cup of coffee and my WORD and remembered. I sat in front of the window, instead of at me desk and let the birds remind me. I watch the sunrise...and exhaled.

Autumn sunbeam

My Father in Heaven meets me at my desk. He walks with me through the fire. He sits next to me in the car. BUT, he refreshes me in the quiet, still of a summer morning, in my chair as I watch His creation.

The Word reminds me that he takes care of the birds of the air and the fish of the sea, and that HE LOVES ME MORE THAN THESE!

The Word reminds me that the quiet is healing...be STILL and KNOW.

Do you forget? Has it been a while since you watch a sunrise and exhaled? Turn off the computer, step away from your phone...be intentional to look at all the marvels around you.

Take time to...exhale.

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Picking Up The Pieces

I am dismayed. I am bewildered.

I am picking up the pieces.

Nothing catastrophic has happened...really. Just life.

Her words cut. Her accusing tone hurt.

This too, shall pass and tomorrow is a new day. Her words will dissipate in my thoughts, but for now... I am thankful for the incredible, Godly women who surround me daily...my friends, confidants, sisters in Christ. I am thankful that we build each other up on a regular basis. I am thankful that we are able to walk in LOVE when we need to give a reprimand. "Iron sharpens iron" you know.

Be careful prejudging someones intentions.

Speak in Love.

GIVE GRACE.

Because the old saying that

"stick and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me"

is a LIE.

The Word tells us that our tongue is powerful. We have a choice...to speak Life or Death, Blessings or Cursing.

Choose Life.

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The Light of Change

The vibrant and fiery colors of the trees are almost gone. In Texas, it takes until the end of November for this beautiful display to play out…I am thankful for the longevity.

As each new autumn rolls in, I notice. I notice what type of tree changes first. I notice their colors. I notice which side of the the tree turns first…and I take note of why.

As the sun peaks over the tree tops, the fiery leaves of the treetops are illuminated by the sun. As the sun’s radiant beams touch another tree as it’s shaft radiates through the various obstructions..another tree is changing.

Do you long to exude vibrant colors? Do you need change that is miraculous and beautiful? Do you want your life to stand out among the forest of trees?

Stand in the Light of the SON.

“In him was life; and the life was the light of men. Here was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.”

John 1:4, John 1:7-9, John 8:12,John 12:36, Ephesians 5:8, 1 Peter 2:9-10, 1 John 2:8

If you really want to shine with brilliant colors of LIFE…stay, abide, Live in the light of the SON of God…Jesus Christ.

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