Hello old friends! The last few weeks this little blog has been heavy on my heart and i've continued to put it off, telling myself that i'm much too busy to take the time to sit and write like I used to do, and surly after all this time no one would even be interested in anything that I would have to say. But right now i've decided to just make the time! So here we are. I have my cup of peppermint tea and my favorite writing music is going...i'm in the zone! But now that i'm here, what should I write about?
I could come up with some nugget of marital wisdom to share. I could talk about all the things God has been doing in my life the last few months. I could share some of the things He's been teaching me. I could tell some funny stories of things my kids have done. The list of what I could talk about goes on and on.
But my heart for this blog has always been to talk about things that will matter in you, the readers, life. I tried blogging about nothing and it got, well, nowhere. It was pointless and pretty much worthless and I have no desire to do that again.
So my dear readers, what is something I could talk about today that would reach out to where you are, give you a big cyber hug, a little encouragement and even just a small little pick-me-up?
As I thought over this question and tried to think of something to say that could reach out to even one person that might read this, God put a couple of verses on my heart so I just decided to share those with you.
For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
The whole concept of "seasons" has been on my mind so much lately because i'm seeing so many different seasons of life unfolding around me, in my life and in the lives of people around me. Some of these seasons are great and are bringing great changes into lives, and some of the seasons aren't so great and bring pain with with.
I could never even try to guess where everyone of you are at in life, or what season you may be facing, so I won't even try. But I do know that each one of you are in a season of some kind. It may be a wonderful season, a heartbreaking one, or one that feels very bland with not much to it.
But even in all of the may seasons the Bible talks about, there is one season we will never ever face. A season of being alone.
Now give me a second here, I know some of you may be saying to yourself "But I AM alone!" so don't brush me off just yet. I have had times in life where it felt like there was no one. I didn't feel like I had anyone I could turn to or count on, everyone around me seemed to be the ones hurting me and that's a really hard place to be. But there's 2 other verses that are important to remember if you're facing this situation...
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
See sometimes the thing that can get us down the most is focusing on how we feel instead of what we know to be the truth!
This isn't really some life changing way of thinking, these are very common verses that most people have heard at some point in life. But I think sometimes we forget to take the Word of God and personally apply it to our lives. Instead of just reading "Nothing can every separate US from the love of God", we need to be saying "Nothing can ever separate ME from the love of God".
There's something amazing about realizing that the Bible was written for each of us individually, and we can each take these words and claim them as our own! That's a powerful thought!
Like I said before, I don't know where each person is at in their lives or what all of you are facing, but I don't have to. We have a great big God who sees right where you are, and knows exactly what season you are facing, and He wants nothing more than to remind you that He is right there and He loves you. No season you face in this life will ever separate you from Him!