Hey guys welcome back!!!
I am so happy that you are joining me again. I have missed you so much. I imagine you all had an incredible time over the holidays and are already well into 2017 with full force.
Over the holidays, I was so blessed to spend time with my family and simply relax. The part that was not enjoyable was when I was in bed for 6 days with the flu, but being in bed helped me catch up on my reading, which I enjoyed so much. We are still in the process of selling our home. It has been a challenging season for me in several areas. It’s especially difficult when in your mind you have moved on and accepted the change, but in the physical realm everything remains the same. The questions and anticipation creep in quite often; nonetheless I’m trusting and waiting for the Lord’s next instruction.
SEASON OF BEING STILL
In this season of my life, God wants me to get closer to Him and learn His heart on a deeper level. I have been learning to rule things out that are not for me in this season and to peruse my relationship with Jesus. God has been showing me in small pieces of what I need to do and what I should not be doing. Being still is very difficult for me because my new norm had been to work in the kingdom full time and I feel like I am not doing what I’m supposed to do. However, as far as ministry and all the things that I used to be part of, in this season, the Lord has instructed me to be still, be patient, and to be in his constant presence and wait on the Him.
This year I made a few resolutions one of which was to budget my finances. I know this may sound strange but I don’t like being told what to do, even if I am the one who tells myself. Lets just say that the year has started off with a challenge, however, I made a decision to press through no matter what. Ugh, I don’t know why I do this to myself. I guess I have to MAKE MYSELF practice self-control. I have struggled in this area my entire life. No matter how much money we made, I was never good at sticking to a budget. Apparently the entire world is on a budget and it’s a normal routine for people, but even my finance degree can’t help me with this, only God can. Does anyone else have this kind of an issue? I was so good for the 3 weeks and then ran into the same old habits. I’m not a crazy spender but when I go to the grocery store to pick up a few things, I end up with a cart full of things I could have lived without. With God’s help, I will give myself grace and start again next month and the month after that, until I am able to take my “giant” and beat it.
WHAT SEASON AM I IN?
Having challenges in my life, I have become weary at times. But God is so amazing; He has provided me with people who have been helping me throughout this journey. I have been praying for God to reveal to me in which season I am currently in. I finally realized that I am in a season of being pruned. I know what you are thinking: “oh that’s it!” I just want to be real with you guys so that’s why I am sharing the things that are really “supposed” to be kept private in hopes to help at least one person who may be dealing with a similar struggle right now. I want you to be encouraged that you are not alone.
Ecclesiastes is such a depressing book and I may sound like it right now too, nevertheless, Solomon had wisdom like no other and gives us a description of seasons of life and advice which help us determine our own season.
Everything Has Its Time
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 break 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.
Ecclesiastes 3 NKJV
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, and every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes to make it even more fruitful. John 15:3.
God prunes us so that we can produce more fruit than in the past. Talking to a floral designer, Inna Olimpiyuk, I discovered that flowers, trees, shrubs, and fruit trees must be pruned in order to produce beauty and bring greater effectiveness than in the season prior. I asked Inna what would happen if they don’t get pruned, she said, “They will become wild and out of control and some will even die.”
If you are going through a season and not understanding what you are supposed to be doing, pray that God reveals it to you and He will. It really is encouraging to know that yes I am being pruned to produce more fruit even if the process is uncomfortable and painful. Our bad habits are being clipped off one by one. Also, it’s so important knowing that we have to wait until the next season to produce the fruit.
Once we understand and accept our season, we can then shift our prayers by asking God to give us strength while we are being pruned rather than asking Him to take away the hardship. Then in the waiting period until God produces the new sprouts in us allowing us to do new and greater things through us.
Pray: Lord, I love you, I thank you for always being here for me and loving me even when I have doubts and struggles, I want to do your will and to pleases you, I am asking you to reveal the season of my life so that I can understand what steps to take. – Amen
I hope that you find this post helpful in what ever you are going through right now as it is with me.