“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalm 118)
Hi Beloved! Happy September! I hope you are ready for fall because it’s upon us! I can’t believe how quickly it came, but I’m looking forward to it. I am a “pumpkin everything” kind of gal and I love fall activities like going to pumpkin patches, apple picking, and looking at the gorgeous leaves. So much fun to be had and so many memories to make. Everything goes by so fast that if we don’t take the time to enjoy what is in front of us, we’ll easily miss out. Yet, how many of us try to rush through seasons? I’m not talking about the seasons of the year, but the seasons of life.
This applies to me. I’ve tried to rush through, more than once. We can get so focused on the next chapter and waiting for God to move in our lives, that we forget to live. We become restless, anxious, and we don’t enjoy what we have because we’re too focused on what else we want or what is to come. We think, if only I were here or if only things were this way, then I’d be content, then I’d be happy. But Beloved, the Lord wants us at peace in every season. Some of us are in a season of waiting or a season of transition, others are in a season of pain or loss. No matter the season, no matter the circumstance, the Lord is with you. Though it can be difficult at times, let’s give thanks to the Lord for our blessings and appreciate each and every day.
I have to remind myself of this on occasion. Many days, I am exhausted, overwhelmed, and pulled in too many directions. I have an infant, toddler, and two older kids that are e-learning, so it’s a busy and stressful season. I sometimes think I can’t wait for them to get older, so it’s “easier”. They will feed, dress, and bathe themselves. There will be no more diapers to change or bottles to wash. But then I remember how quickly they grow up and how much I’ll miss them being this young. Once it’s over, I will miss nursing, the night feedings and early mornings, the running and screaming, and constant “Mom..Mom..Mom”. Even though some days are tough, I know that I’m so blessed to have these girls and I’m grateful for each day.
I’ve been through other seasons that were long, difficult, and hard to endure. My last miscarriage was one of the most recent, but I’ve been through seasons of financial strain, and difficulties at work. But when I look back, I can appreciate the growth and breakthroughs I experienced and I’m thankful that the Lord was always with me, holding my hand and leading me through. When you go through a tough season and feel angry, sad, or scared, pray for the peace of God to overcome you. Even though it hurts, you’ll be at peace knowing that God is on your side and he will deliver you!
Remember, the Lord loves you deeply and cares about what you’re going through. He hears your prayers and wants to bless you exceedingly and abundantly. In His time, what you’ve been praying for will come to pass. In the meantime, count your many blessings, be thankful, and at peace.
Jesus Loves You,