If you live in Texas you know that we don’t have many seasons or perhaps we could see all 4 seasons in one week! A friend of mine recently posted a photo of her yard which was basically a giant pile of snow. What she said on this post is what really stood out to me. She said, even though it’s spring, it sure doesn’t feel like a new season. This really hit my heart. It made me think about all the different seasons of life that we go through. There are seasons of celebration, seasons of trial, growth, all kinds of different seasons. Each one bringing different emotions. Just like my friend who was seeing posts about everyone being outside in spring weather but when she looked out her window nothing seemed to change. The calendar stated that it was a new season but yet everything remained the same. How many times in our own life can we relate to that? Maybe God has revealed something is about to change and a new season is here but when you look around everything seems the same. The Bible tells us in Isaiah 43:18-19, Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. I love this verse for many reasons and I think it shows us perfectly how to embrace a new season even when things around us don’t seem to match up.
- Let go of the old. God tells us here that before He can do a new thing we have to let go of the old things. We have to be willing to let go of what we see and the disappointments of our past in order to see that God has something new for us. Sometimes it’s not about Him not giving us a new season but more about us not letting go of old things to move forward into the new.
- What do you perceive? We could actually already be in a new season and God is doing great things around us but our perception is off. Our perception is our present reality and it’s as good or as bad as you see it. You can’t define where you are going by where you are, you have to define it by what God’s word says. You have to choose that God is doing something great no matter what your current circumstance is. What are you seeing?
Friend, God is ready to do a new thing! He will make a way where there seems to be no way. Don’t allow what things currently look like to define what He is going to do. Everything you need in every season, He is your source. He will make a way for you!
God will never give you more than you can handle, I can’t tell you how many times I hear that and it always makes me cringe. I completely disagree with this. Sure, it sounds good but the reality is that it’s just not true. I would dare to say the opposite is true, God always gives us more than we can handle. He does this because when we are in this place we can only do one thing and that is rely on Him to show up. To be honest, I think we live most of our lives in a place of either “I can do everything on my own” or “God has to show up or everything is about to fall to pieces”. There are many times in the Bible that when God showed up to do something great the people didn’t have everything they needed, hardly anything at all! The reason behind this is because God wants to put us in a position where unless He shows up, it is absolutely impossible and a miracle is our only option. If God does it then there is no way we can take credit for it. The problem most people have today is that we think spiritual maturity is getting to a place where we have everything we need to be able to make it happen but true maturity is when we rely on God more to show up and realizing we cannot do it without Him. If you are living in a place where you think you have enough of what you need then you aren’t living God sized dreams. God sized dreams are always going to stretch you and challenge you. Think about when God told Noah to build a boat when he had never even seen rain before. How crazy does that seem! He gave him exact details of what it should like down to every animal that should get on the boat. I don’t know about you but that would be more than I could handle! Yet, even though God gave him more than he could handle, He equipped him in the process. God always equips us when we say yes! Yes, it may start out that we have more than we can handle but the moment we say yes God gives us the supernatural ability to do all that He has called us to do. If God has called you to it, He will equip you for it! Too often, we get stuck in this mindset that if God gives us what we can handle then I have to wait until I have everything in place before I do what God has called me to do. The truth is every person in the Bible that did something great for God had to have God show up! And did He show up, blessing upon blessing!! God gives us what He can handle because His provision is more than enough and His grace is more than enough!! He gives us what He can handle, not what we can! Instead of saying God I can’t do this, look towards Heaven and say that God I know that when I don’t have enough, you do! Friend, God will never give you what you can handle, only what He can!!
The older I get the more I realize that I like staying in and doing activities at home on the weekends. The moment I realized this was when I found myself doing a puzzle on a Friday night and having a competition with one of my friends of who could finish the puzzle faster. I know, you’re jealous! The only problem was when I finished this 1500 piece puzzle, we had ONE piece missing. You can imagine the frustration and disappointment! I begin to think of this and how it relates to our life. We have this box and picture of what life is supposed to look like but yet it doesn’t seem to have all the pieces we need. We get to the end of the puzzle and feel like we’ve been forgotten by God but I want to remind you friend just as the Bible tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, God has a plan for you. He formed you and knew your plan long before you did! There are a couple thoughts that will help us get through the process of life that I believe we can learn from this puzzle picture:
- The piece never looks like the picture. Not every piece (or season) is going to look the way you think. As a matter of fact, God often shows us the vision but then sends us back to reality. If that’s you, you’re in good company, because every person that is going after God feels that way at some point or multiple times in their life. The true question is can you be faithful with this piece of life? If so, that is what qualifies you for the full picture. No season is wasted in God.
- Every piece has a place. I think we overlook this often in our own life because we think God wants to use someone who has special talents, gifts, or even more time. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. He is looking for someone who is available and willing to say yes! As we show up and say yes, He qualifies.
- Patience connects the pieces. Don’t tap out on what God has for you because you get weary in the waiting. We will all have reasons to think that God will fail us, but it’s what you believe in those moments that shapes you the most. The same God that was faithful in the Bible is faithful to you. Be patient in the waiting!
God’s not finished with you yet! Don’t lose hope because it doesn’t look like you thought it should, be patient in knowing that the same God that fulfilled His promises in the Bible is faithful to fulfill yours as well. Cheering you on in every season. XO
Even the disciples asked, teach us how to pray. So it’s okay for us to ask too! I think a problem we have today is that we all want an answer to prayer but nobody wants to spend time praying. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, the Bible tells us to praying without ceasing. This doesn’t tell us that it’s up to a special team or there is a certain time to pray but that Jesus commands us all to pray and to pray without stopping. So how do we do this? The great thing is we have a God who is alive and active in our life and we are promised answered prayers. If we know how to pray then we can start seeing the results we want!
Matthew 7:7-8 tells us, keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened. What can we learn from this?
- We should be asking. God is honored by our ask. A lot of time what keeps us from getting what we want is simply us just not asking! We are waiting for Him to offer instead of diligently asking Him. Don’t ask as a victim or beggar, ask with authority because we know Jesus has given us all authority. Begin to demand your rights, don’t allow the enemy to take from you what Jesus died to give you!
- We should be seeking. When you seek something, it is an active thing, something you are going after and looking for. What if you woke up every day with an excited anticipation that something good is going to happen? If you know that something good is coming your way, like an Amazon package, you begin to look for it. Let’s live our lives looking forward to and expecting something good from God!
- We should be knocking. Have you ever been to a house before for the first time and been a tad nervous to knock on the door so you double check the address to make sure you are at the right place? In Matthew 16:19, we see that we have the keys to the kingdom. Keys here are the access, ownership, authority, and authorization that we need to open the door. Maybe you are praying for healing, or restoration for your marriage. Friend, God has already given you the keys! In the same way we look to see if we are at the right place by double checking the address, Gods word is the verification that we can show up with access, authority, and ownership of everything that God has for you! The enemy has to surrender what is rightfully yours!
If you want more, it’s yours! Ask, seek, and knock and see what God begins to reveal in your life.
I can confidently say I graduated High School without google! If you were an 80s or 90s kid you know exactly what I mean! It’s so interesting to me how our childhood shapes the way we grow up. Psychologist say in order for a child to grow up properly they need respect, encouragement, attention, affection, and appreciation. That’s a lot! But what we can see here is that whatever we didn’t receive as a child, we now look for in our spouse (or in a future spouse, if you’re single). So truly most people marry trying to fulfill a need and for someone else to fix what was broken from their childhood. This can probably conclude why half of all marriages end in divorce. This breaks my heart. Mostly because in today’s society, the word divorce is so commonly thrown around to where people don’t understand the impact of it. Let me put it this way, what if I told you that half of airplanes that take off today are going to crash. How much would you start to research your flight, even your pilot, and all the things that go into a flight? If we would do that on an airplane, why wouldn’t we do that for who we are going to marry. Who you marry has everything to do with where you are going to go in life. I know God intends for us to have healthy, thriving, strong, and happy marriages but majority of the time we are looking to the wrong source for our validation and happiness. If we are looking to our spouse for our worth and validation most days they will fail. Not because they are imperfect but because there is no way they can fulfill all those needs. If you want to begin to have strong, healthy relationships then your spiritual life has to be a part of your plan for a healthy relationship. I love in Colossians 2:6 (TPT) where Paul is telling us to continue our faith journey. The great thing about this is that it is different for everyone. To some that may be starting counseling with you and your significant other or for some it may be joining your local church. Then it continues in verse 7 to let us know that your not going to be full of strength and encouragement until you first find it in God. Some of you are feeling so discouraged and want to give up, but it’s because you have your eyes on the wrong people to fill it. God is the only one who can and it depends on how rooted you are to your relationship with Him! Continuing in verses 9-10 we see that we are made complete and full in Him alone. Once we can comprehend that, then you will stop looking to your spouse to fulfill things that they can’t and realize that in Christ you have everything you need!
Let’s not be part of a statistic, instead let’s be part of a thriving, healthy, and happy marriage!