“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Life is full of seasons and rhythms, and ebbs and flows.
There are seasons of waiting, of action, of preparation, of joy, of visible ministry, and of quiet and unnoticed acts of service. And then there is time of the faithful, and (immediately) unrewarded ministry in the home. Every season provides opportunity to grow and mature, and every season has a purpose to walk into a greater understanding and revelation of the character and nature of our Creator.
Here’s what I’ve come to understand:
- Every season is a gift from God to embrace. Seasons are a part of life and each has a purpose from heaven. There is an invitation for us to participate in His eternal plan and grow in our connection with the Father.
- Being thankful opens an atmosphere of joy and contentment. Even in the midst of the seemingly mundane, or in a place of desperation, we always have the choice to bring heaven into our environment by agreeing with the internal voice of His Spirit. Thankfulness is the door into joy.
- There is always grace for every season, even when some days you don’t feel like you can stay another day in your current circumstances. But He promises us that his grace is sufficient, and His power made perfect in our weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9)
- Harvest time always comes, and times of fruitfulness will always follow times of pruning. I love this promise for us, as we stay rooted in His word, that: “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers.” (Psalm 1:3)
- There are always opportunities to love, give and serve, even in your greatest place of need. In fact, this is often the times when we see the hand of God move in supernatural ways that we wouldn’t have otherwise expected. This has been our story many times.
- The on-going story of His faithfulness is still being written, and He promises to uphold you and give you strength (Isaiah 41:10). The Father’s working through His people serves as a beacon of light and hope to those around us. We have the joy and privilege in participating in His plans in the earth, and although we only see things in part, we can always trust Him to bring life.
This year has been one of the most difficult seasons of our lives, but also one where I’ve seen the extraordinary heart of God move in our lives.
Through this time, He has instilled great hope in our hearts for what lies ahead, and surrounded us with the most loving people we’ve ever known. There have been times of absolute soul weariness and where we’ve longed to see evidence of the Father’s involvement with much more clarity. But I am still deeply grateful for the gold that has appeared after the refining, the joy that has come in the morning, and the beauty that has emerged from the ashes.
Let me encourage you today to embrace the season you’re in, enjoy the journey, and give thanks for the gift of life you’ve been given. He is with you and He has a divine purpose for every part of your life.
Victoria Boyd is a wife, mother, and follower of Jesus. She is passionate about seeing others equipped to live out their faith in fullness, and to steward well all the Lord has given them. She has a love for the written word, and for worship, justice and compassion issues, family history, raising children and indigenous peoples. Find her writing on homeschooling, faith, homemaking, parenting, and natural living at www.homemakingwithheart.com. Follow Victoria on Pinterest here.
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