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Seasons

Spring is over and as of today summer is officially here! The days are longer and the sun has been shining bright and the warm summer breeze brings on the smell of adventure and newness. All of nature witnesses the new season. The trees that were once bare a couple months back are now full and the flowers are in full bloom. The birds are chirping at 5am while the sun is just about rising at that same time. Just a couple months ago all these things weren’t in effect and I can’t help but think of how this all testifies of God‘s faithfulness in and out of seasons. Just as the tree leaves fall in autumn, they return right back in the spring. Meaning nothing lasts forever and yet God remains the same yesterday, today and forever more.


Speaking of seasons, what type of season are you currently in? Are you in a sowing season or a reaping season; are you tilling the soil that God has you in or are you reaping the harvest of your obedience or disobedience? Maybe, you are in a season of refinement? There’s many types of seasons that we all go through but one thing for certain and two for sure: every season serves a purpose and they’re all allowed by God and for him to be glorified in and through us. 


There may be areas in our lives where we are in more than one type of season. I know I am. There are areas in my life that I have been tilling the soil for a long time and some of which I have been able to reap the harvest much sooner than others. Those other areas I’m still tilling and being obedient as Jesus directs me. I don’t always get it right but praise God for his loving correction because he gets me back on course so that I can eventually enter into that season of reaping.


In all my seasons, I challenge myself to see the bigger picture because although some seasons seem to highlight a particular area in us or our lives, you can rest assured that God is doing something far greater than what meets the eye. After all, it is in our seasons that the Lord stretches us and prunes us so that we can walk in closer proximity to him, and thus resulting in us reflecting his character.


Seasons are not meant to destroy us or our faith. They are meant to strengthen us and increase our faith. We have to be careful to not give the enemy a foothold because it is in our seasons of testing that the devil will come to bring lies. The Bible tells us that this is his native language. He cannot operate in any other way, other than bringing lies, deception and accusations. We have to remain alert!


In this season, God is strengthening me both physically and spiritually and giving me greater discipline, wisdom, knowledge and understanding as I steward being a wife, mother, daughter, friend, ministry leader, and so many others. We are called to excellency, and God is correcting me just as much as he is affirming me, and I am so grateful because I never want to walk outside of his will for my life. I know that without Jesus I can’t do anything well. I am totally dependent on him to walk out every assignment he has placed on my life. It is Philippians 4:13 that I lean on to assure me that through Christ I am able to fulfill the various calls on my life. Before anything, I am a daughter of a King. If I have nothing else, I am fully satisfied with this; remembering that Christ is the prize and that in him I lack nothing. Our Father in heaven is for us and not against us. I want to encourage you to press in no matter the season you’re in. Continue to steward well what the Lord has assigned to you in this season.


Paul was a prisoner in Rome when he wrote the letter to the Philippians. In Paul’s letter to the church of Philippi, he expresses to them that he has learned how to be content whatever the circumstance. Paul wrote this letter because he knew the opposition that was against the Philippians. He appealed to his own life as an example of how to respond to hardship with joy. Paul had a flashback and remembered what it was to be in need, and he remembered what it was to have plenty; God was consistent in every season. Some seasons bring hardship, and when they do, I want to make sure to have a flashback and remember God’s faithfulness just as our brother Paul did and I encourage you to do the same.


God reminded me of the following scripture:


“I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.” Psalm 37:25 ESV


I was so overcome by emotion because this is a reminder that because of Jesus, we are made righteous, and that he will never forsake us! And get this… We don’t have to beg! God takes care of his children. Every single need is always met - in and out of season.


God allows us to walk with various titles and responsibilities, but he never intended for us to be consumed by them nor for them to take his place. In this season, I am remembering that God is consistent and that no matter what he adds to my plate, with him all things are possible and when something is removed then I am remembering that he is still good. So I will choose joy and I will choose to be present and not move ahead for I will never get to relive these days, and I choose to trust Jesus in a crazy way as my faith is taken to higher levels.


If you are in a season of new responsibilities, roles or assignments or on the brink of a shift I pray that you stay encouraged. I pray the strength of God over you, I pray a fresh wind and I pray that the Holy Spirit guides you as you accomplish all that the Lord has called you to do in this season. Come, and drink from the well that never runs dry.


“And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:11 ESV


Blessings!




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