A Word About Seasons

Do you know what season of life you’re in? Just as there are physical seasons that we must maneuver, there are also spiritual seasons too. You may be enjoying the excitement of spring when new opportunities are beginning to sprout in your life. Perhaps you’re enduring the chill of a winter season. This can be an especially tough time because it seems as though nothing is happening in your life. Just as in the natural, you may feel like you’re frozen and that you’re going nowhere. You may feel like your career is at a standstill and that you’re frozen in a dead-end job. Perhaps you’re hoping for a relationship to develop, but again, it appears as though nothing is happening and you’re frozen in time. I believe I’ve experienced every spiritual season and can relate to you where ever you are today.

If you’re in a winter season, take heart. Though it may feel like circumstances in your life won’t soon change, in time, they will.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 talks about seasons. The Word of God tells us that to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.

This means that just as there is a change of seasons in the natural, we can expect to experience a change in spiritual seasons too. Changing seasons are intended to grow and prepare us for the next season.

An important thing to remember about seasons is that we are not all experiencing a particular season at the same time. If you’re going through a winter season, you can expect the enemy to send you lies and try to convince you that God has forgotten you. This is a lie. Don’t fall for that trick! You are not forgotten. You may simply be in a season of preparation. During this time, you may not see or feel like God is working on your behalf, but you can rest assured that He is.

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:”

—Ecclesiastes 3:1-1

Beloved, above all else, we must trust God and allow Him to work in and through us, no matter the season.

Accepted in the Beloved

My daily devotional took me to Ephesians 1:5-6 today and I wanted to share this passage of scriptures with you. It reads, “having predestined us to adoption by sons of Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

I thought this was a timely lesson as we start a new week and season. (Today is the first day of fall! Michigan is always lovely this time of year.)

I read and reread this passage a couple times this morning and each time it felt as though God was wrapping His loving arms around me.

I needed that.

I suspect that at times you need a hug too.

“To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” 1:6

Isn’t it wonderful to know that we are accepted in the Beloved? Whether you believe it or not, it’s true. Whether you feel like it or not, it’s still true!

I know that in this life, there will certainly be seasons and times when we don’t feel so accepted. We may have missed the mark or all hell may be breaking loose in our lives. When you find yourself in that space, read the first chapter of Ephesians. It’s a great reminder of the truth that God chose us before the foundation of the world. It doesn’t matter who has rejected us. We are accepted in the Beloved. (I also talked about this in my earlier post – You Are An Overcomer.)

As a follower of Jesus Christ, you are accepted in the Beloved, and there is nothing that anyone or anything can do to change this truth.

Let me say it again….

Sis, you are accepted in the Beloved. Believe it. Receive it.

I hope this message has made you smile today.

As always, thank you for visiting.

You Are An Overcomer!

I just finished watching the movie Overcomer. This is a wonderful family friendly film that will leave you full of hope and reminded of who you are in Christ. I highly recommend it. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t worry, this post is not intended to be a spoiler alert. Rather, this is a gentle reminder that as followers of Christ, the ‘deck’ is tacked in our favor. Even in times when life seems uncertain, we can rest assured that brighter days are ahead.

Here’s the proof.

Come with me to the Book of Ephesians. This book of the Bible was written by the apostle Paul. In the first two chapters, Paul writes that we are blessed and redeemed by Christ. I don’t know about you, but that’s good news for me.

Here’s what you’ll discover after reading Ephesians 1:1-22

You are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.

You were chosen before the foundation of the world.

You were predestined to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ.

In Christ, you have redemption.

You have forgiveness of sins according to the grace of His riches.

You have obtained an inheritance.

You were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise who is the guarantee of our inheritance.

Is there any doubt that you’re an overcomer?

Now, go see this movie. I promise you won’t be disappointed and you’ll walk away feeling hopeful, just as I did.

A Good Read: In Pursuit of Purpose

I’m reading for at least the second time now In Pursuit of Purpose by the late Dr. Myles Munroe.  I have a habit of revisiting and holding on to books that have helped me tremendously at different stages of my life.  I’ve read several books by Dr. Munroe and this one is a favorite.  I came across it when I was searching for answers in my early 30s and trying to maneuver a divorce without losing my mind.  This book and the Bible were my guide.  During that season, I remember being determined not to become “a bitter old woman”.  That was my daily prayer. “Lord, don’t let me become bitter.”   Since then, I’ve healed, blossomed and gone on to conquer new terrain thanks to the grace of God.

Today, if you find yourself in a season where you’re wondering about your purpose (Yes, YOU have a purpose!) now that the kids are gone or the job has ended or whatever curve ball life has thrown your way, I highly recommend reading this book.   

Perhaps you discovered your purpose years ago (AWESOME — Good for you!) and need a boost of encouragement or a simple reminder that you are uniquely designed and perfectly fashioned for your purpose – again, I recommend reading this book. It’s a practical and easy read.  Even more, it’s a good reminder that there’s no need for you to try to be like someone else. Embrace your own unique talents and run your own race.  Discovering your purpose and using the gifts and talents that God has given you is what ultimately pleases Him.  I believe  it is in this space —doing what God has called you to do and not every random project under the sun — is what leads to fulfillment in life.  Imagine how frustrating life would be for the person trying to become a physician when God had really fashioned that person to be a great school teacher. Imagine the young minds that will miss out on a unique classroom experience because their intended teacher is off somewhere struggling through medical school instead of being a trailblazer, engaging students with his or her unique style of pedagogy.  Am I talking to you?

I know it’s easy to get sidetracked and cave in to family and/or peer pressure.  Everyone in the family pursued a certain career path and naturally presumed you’d do the same.  But what if God has different plans for you? What if you know in your heart that a certain line of work will only make you miserable? Will you fall in line or will you have the courage to pursue the dream that God has placed in your heart?

I’ve learned to embrace what God has given me and not to covet the talents I don’t have.  For example, you’ll never find me working in an accounting department nor will you ever hear of me working on a musical CD (not even background vocals – lol!).  God has not fashioned me for either of these career paths.  I would fail miserably.

Whatever God has called you to do (your purpose), rest assured that you are perfect for the assignment.  Once you read In Pursuit of Purpose, you’ll realize how important it is for you to discover your purpose.  And when you do, get busy pursing it.  I believe  on the other side of your obedience, someone or something is there waiting for you.  Someone needs your gift.  You are the answer to someone’s prayer. Yes, you are needed and you have value.  You are the missing piece to someone’s puzzle.

In case you’re on the fence and having doubts about your relevance, here’s a passage from the book….     

“When God created you, He built into you all the natural necessities for performing and fulfilling your purposed assignment.  Everyone possesses natural inherent traits that are required for their purpose. In essence, you are the way you are because of why you are.” 

Dr. Myles Munroe

Have you read this book or do you plan to? If so, please let me know by leaving a response in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you!

Stuff My Mom Taught Me

I love this photo of me and my mom. We were working on a family reunion when this picture was taken years ago. My mom is a no-nonsense, God-fearing woman. She’s the rock that keeps family and friends encouraged when life gets crazy.

When I face disappointments, like the time I got passed over for a publicist job in Sacramento that I really wanted, I recall my mom’s advice — “What’s for you is for YOU!”

If you’ve heard this advice before then you know it’s based on the story in I Samuel 16 when the prophet Samuel sought to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as the next King of Israel. This account begins at 1 Samuel 16:5. Jesse presented seven of his sons (v. 10) to Samuel but the oil in Samuel’s horn would not flow on either of their heads. Then Samuel asked Jesse if there was yet another son. David was in the field tending to the sheep when his father, Jesse, sent for him.

“Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ra-mah.” 1 Samuel 16:13

Do you see what happened here? In the natural, either of David’s brothers appeared to be a reasonable choice for king, but God had the final say. The oil from Samuel’s horn wouldn’t flow until it reached David. Neither of his seven brother’s was God’s choice for king.

And so it is in our lives too. When God has selected you for a position, it doesn’t matter who has gone before you or who appears to have more connections or experience than you. God has the final say. Not man, but God.

Albeit disappointing, we need not fret over the doors that don’t open. We can rest assured that the doors that have been ordained for us to walk through will open at God’s appointed time.

“What’s for you is for you.”

I promise to always remember these words from my mom.