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REASONS & SEASONS

We all know the 4 seasons- Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall.  As each season approaches, we know that we have to change our wardrobe  to reflect the weather – coats for the Winter, Flip flops for the Summer, Linen in the spring and a nice Juicy Couture suit in the Fall 😉 (I had to throw that in there lol!) We know that the seasons will come like clockwork, just about every 3 months we can expect a shift in the weather usually around the same time, every year. We even know the reason for each season…as each one prior to the one that follows lends preparation for what’s to come.

Although God created the seasons, the seasons that we experience are quite different. At times, it can seem like our seasons last longer than 3 months….sometimes it seems like winter lasts for years with no sight of a spring blossom. The part that seems to be more troublesome is unlike the seasons named above, we don’t always know the reason before our season. Sometimes there’s no time to prepare for what’s to come. One day your in shorts and flip flops basking in the warm sun…the next morning you wake up in the middle of an ice storm. It’s life…it’s also God’s way of testing your faith in Him. Are you willing to let go and FULLY trust him in your best and worst seasons? Are you flexible enough to have flip flops on one day and a North Face coat on the next? Some seasons that we go through are as bitter cold as the North Pole, but you can always find warmth in the arms of our Father and in knowing that He is all knowing and a present help.

I draw your attention to Ecclesiastes 3:

Ecclesiastes 3

A Time for Everything

1 Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses.

2 He sets the time for birth and the time for death,
the time for planting and the time for pulling up,
3 the time for killing and the time for healing,
the time for tearing down and the time for building.
4 He sets the time for sorrow and the time for joy,
the time for mourning and the time for dancing,
5 the time for making love and the time for not making love,
the time for kissing and the time for not kissing.
6 He sets the time for finding and the time for losing,
the time for saving and the time for throwing away,
7 the time for tearing and the time for mending,
the time for silence and the time for talk.
8 He sets the time for love and the time for hate,
the time for war and the time for peace.

9 What do we gain from all our work?10 I know the heavy burdens that God has laid on us.11 He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does.12 So I realized that all we can do is be happy and do the best we can while we are still alive.13 All of us should eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for. It is God’s gift.

14 I know that everything God does will last forever. You can’t add anything to it or take anything away from it. And one thing God does is to make us stand in awe of him.15 Whatever happens or can happen has already happened before. God makes the same thing happen again and again.

Injustice in the World

16 In addition, I have also noticed that in this world you find wickedness where justice and right ought to be.17 I told myself,
God is going to judge the righteous and the evil alike, because every thing, every action, will happen at its own set time.18 I decided that God is testing us, to show us that we are no better than animals.19 After all, the same fate awaits human beings and animals alike. One dies just like the other. They are the same kind of creature. A human being is no better off than an animal, because life has no meaning for either.20 They are both going to the same place—the dust. They both came from it; they will both go back to it.21 How can anyone be sure that the human spirit goes upward while an animal’s spirit goes down into the ground?22 So I realized then that the best thing we can do is enjoy what we have worked for. There is nothing else we can do. There is no way for us to know what will happen after we die.

EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON!  This you must understand. If you know and love God then you must also understand that, “…God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him, to those who are called according to His purpose.” {Romans 8:28}

There is NOTHING, whether large or small, comfortable to ya or the worse feeling ever, fun or boring, happy or brings sadness,that will not carry a purpose or a lesson.  The journey is just as important as the destination. God will put you in a place where you have no choice but to trust him and wait. It’s up to you whether or not your going to allow God to mold and shape you in preparation for your next season…or you can be pitiful and stay right where you are; no growth, no additional blessings….just mediocrity.

I love this quote by Joyce Meyer, “You can be pitiful or powerful…but you can’t be both.” Decided to grab hold of the power inside of you, press through your season, learn your reason and teach someone else!

Love Ya!

Peaches

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HE IS IN CONTROL!

I was listening to Dr. Charles Stanley this morning and his sermon was so uplifting! I was able to locate the 15 points he preached about and wanted to share them with you!

How to Turn Your Crisis into an Opportunity

By Charles F. Stanley

  1. Trust that God is working everything in your life for your good.
    “We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
  2. Believe that our heavenly Father is in control of everything.
    “The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all” (Ps. 103:19).
  3. Accept that the Lord’s ways are higher than ours.
    “‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isa. 55:8-9).
  4. Refuse to make quick judgments in the midst of a crisis.
    “Thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, ‘In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength’” (Isa. 30:15)
  5. Focus on the Father instead of the crisis.
    “O our God . . . we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You” (2 Chron. 20:12).
  6. Avoid dwelling on the pain.
    “Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence” (Ps. 42:5).
  7. Recall past crises and the opportunities that followed.
    “They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support. He also brought me forth into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me” (2 Sam. 22:19-20).
  8. Let go of your anger immediately.
    “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity” (Eph. 4:26-27).
  9. Submit yourself to God’s will.
    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Pr. 3:5-6).
  10. Demonstrate a spirit of gratitude.
    “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:18).
  11. Determine to view the trial as a chance to see God at work.
    “The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the LORD” (Lam. 3:25-26).
  12. Refuse to listen to unscriptural interpretations of your situation.
    “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. . . . The wicked have laid a snare for me, yet I have not gone astray from Your precepts” (Ps. 119:105, 110).
  13. Remain in constant prayer, listening for the Father’s instructions.
    “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving” (Col. 4:2).
  14. Do not give in to fluctuating emotions.
    “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Ps. 73:26).
  15. Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.
    “Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him” (Ps. 37:5-7).

Love Ya!

Peaches

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