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Seasons

Last year Greg and I read a book together on marriage.  In one of the chapters the author talked about the “seasons” of marriage.  It was interesting and stimulated much conversation.  I think many of the things in this book could also be applied to each one of us individually – as we are all on a journey.

Summer

This usually applies to the times of our life when things are going well.  Like a hot lazy summer afternoon –  No problems – no crisis – nothing to get too excited about  – You’re  in a comfortable pattern of life and things are happening in a predictable and even comfortable way – no real work required – just coasting nicely along.  You sleep well – you’re enjoying life – and everything is good.

Fall

Usually the fall of our lives is a time of a “shaking up” of the mundane and comfortable.  You can’t always see “sunny skies” anymore or what’s coming – things happen – life happens.  It can be a ripping and tearing of things that are dear to you.  In the fall – leaves turn color – fall off and die.  This season of our lives can be stormy.  There is a chill in the air – and a faint memory of better times.

Winter

This is the hardest season of all – in marriage and in our individual lives.  It can come and last for many years.  This is the barren time – the time when warm days seem far away – and praying and hoping for them seem hopeless – there is no relief in sight.  Sadness and depression come in the winter of our lives.  People have hurt us – we’ve lost a loved one – we think God has abandoned us.  We question everything.  We wonder what we did to deserve this.  And it is a hopeless bottomless pit.  God is very near during this season – and is doing His deepest work in us during the trials and pain.  Bringing healing and restoration to our hearts.

Spring

And then God.   He brings life from death – hope from despair – mourning into JOY!  In the spring of our lives we find validation for the winter.  Reasons that now become clear to us.  A weight is lifted off our chest as we begin to see clearly how the winter was indeed our “friend”.  And how near God was to us as we were so near to defeat and plunging into a “dark place”.  Spring brings color and texture to our winter world – new life buds all around us – we feel alive and free.  Creativity and self expression burst forth and we become ever grateful for blessing – and appreciate the little things life has to offer.

What season are you in today?  Do you find things good?  Then you are probably in a “summer” season of life – Praise God for summer!  I would live there all the time if I had my way.  But maybe you’re in the “winter”.  I’ve been there.  I did most of my growing in that season.  It was cold and uncomfortable but I heard God speak to me more during that season than any other time in my life.  If you find yourself in that season today – allow Him to do the healing work in your life and heart.  “Spring” is just around the corner – and when the timing is right – it will be there for you.

Maybe you are in the “fall” or “spring” of your life.  I am finding myself in the “spring” right now.  I appreciate the journey and God’s hand on my life through the “winter” season.  I will never again take things for granted – but find the value in each relationship in my life – and find a way to love and encourage those around me to do the same.

I am praying for you

God Bless

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Comments on: "Seasons" (12)

  1. This is such an important truth to get a hold of in our lives. Thanks, Cindy. I emphasized this quite a bit as a leader in a church. You can’t fight against the season that God is leading you through. Yet, we so often try. Fall and Winter is important, though we don’t like it. These are the season when trees put down their roots deeper and build a much more solid foundation to withstand future storms. How often do we try to treat winters like summers? Or try to treat Falls like Springs? Only to be frustrated. Discerning what season we are in is important as individuals, marrieds, and as church fellowships. Then we can also discern what the Lord is trying to do and go about His work rather than trying to do our own thing. Great reminder! Thanks.

    • Thanks Ron – I think I’ve tried to “push through” a season and even pretend I was in a different one – but it didn’t work very well – and God knew the truth and was working in and through me to heal me. ♥ Had you and your family on my mind, Ron – Blessings to you!

  2. Great post. I try to remember that no matter what season it is, God is always here, there, and everywhere. Thanks for a great post.

  3. This was excellent! I think I’ve been in Fall and Winter alot in life. Marriage is mostly Summer and Spring. Parenting is often Winter. It does help remembering that everything comes for a season. Thank you for this well thought out post.

  4. mayablogs said:

    Yes, Cindy marriage and life isn’t always “Summer”. Because then we would still live in Eden and we can’t. Life isn’t easy at times and we an only see what we’ve learned from of our experiences when we look back.

    I agree with Jojo too; the deeper my relationship with God, the more jealous Satan becomes and tries to mess things up. But he’s only doing that, because he knows he can’t get me,lol. I’m God’s child and I’m well protected. :):)

  5. This is very insightful as usual Cindy! Good illustrations and well written. Unfortunately most of the last 25 years for me has been varying degrees of winter. I haven’t felt summer since I was a teen. I feel like Narnia. It’s been winter for 100 years. lol

    The moment I became a Christian, I felt I had to change and my purpose in life changed. Well, I had one! But with each passing year, I seem to irritate The Enemy. His opposition grows stronger each year as I fulfill my purpose to a greater degree. The more people I reach with my message, the more Satan messes with me.

    I believe I am here to help Christians deliver their godly messages to unbelievers and to be an example for them. I’m here to help them communicate their missions more effectively. And it seems that gets under Satan’s skin.

    Each year brings financial, medical, and technical issues that are so timely I know they are not coincidence. I could tell stories that would leave you wondering if I made this all up.

    So for me, I’ve felt winter for a long time and I often do grow weary as God warns us in His Word. But I think back to Paul and how he went through years of winter but he knew God was with him through it all. And I know it too.

    So even though you may be in winter and even though it may have been several years or many years, know that God is with you and He can give you joys and peace even in the winter. He can warm you even when your winter is like Siberia.

    • I would love to hear your story sometime JoJo – is it a version of a “made for TV” movie? Remember we learn the most and have more grace in “winter” – so it’s not all bad as God walks every step of the way with us – if we will let Him.

      Thanks for your comment, JoJo! Love you! ♥

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