But I want to tell you, you are in a season. A season that will pass. I believe God allows these seasons in our lives to get us to dig our roots down deeper. Deeper in His word. Deeper in His grace and mercy! And when we are ready, when God's timing comes to pass, the season WILL change.
I know the last 6 years I have begged and pleaded with the Lord to change the season we were in. It was tough, it was painful, it was sometimes very very lonely! But I can feel the seasons changing now. I can feel a renewing and a refreshing. One of the reasons I believe this is because it seems the devil is trying to convince me of the contrary. But because I determined to go through that tough season (although often kicking and screaming) with the Lord, trying to do things His way, I feel I am recognising the tricks of the evil one on this one. Its actually so exciting and I feel humbled that the Lord is keeping my eyes open to this and I am not reacting the way I would have a few years back.
So, please be encouraged that if things are tough right now, try your very best to do things God's way, and you will come to another season a different, deeper person, closer to your Saviour.
What is God's way?
- Praise Him despite your circumstances
- Look up, not around you at your circumstances
- Remain thankful, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. At times all I felt I could be thankful for was the ability to inhale and exhale.
- Let go and let God
- Very important, read God's word with a hunger and faith that He will speak to you, change you, lead you and guide you. His word is living, alive, powerful!
Having said that, know that this too shall pass. A new season is awaiting you. Remind yourself of this in faith. There have been times that I had to keep reminding myself that I can't give up because I may be within reach of the goal, the beautiful valley of peace and restoration, that place where this tribulation has its end. And, each tribulation does have an end. It has a purpose, one we don't always recognise, but it does have one.
One of the tools the Lord used to encourage me and help me through was this awesome family of blogging women who reached out to me and prayed for me, so I in turn offer you the same. Can I pray for you? Connect with my via email for privacy but let me know! God has given us each other to pray for and lift one another up!
Eccl 3 vs 1-8: To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: (2) A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted; (3) A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to beak down, and a time to build up; (4) A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance; (5) A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; (6) A time to gain, and a time to lose; A time to keep. And a time to throw away; (7) A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; (8) A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace.
Linking with these lovely ladies this week:
(You will find links to their bloghops HERE)