Don’t Confuse A Season for A Lifetime

 

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When going through difficulties, we often wonder if this season will ever end.  During this time, we tend to get desperate, become blinded, and lose all hope.

When things are bad, it will pass!  But the fact that it will get easier doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt right now.  For those of you hurting and walking through a difficult season, here are several reminders I’d like to share with you.

  1. Pray without ceasing!  God hears you and He is carrying you through it.
  2. Nothing last forever, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
  3. Get your focus off your problem and focus on helping others,  It works wonders!
  4. Spend time in the beautiful outdoors.  Exercise, read a book, or simply take time to be still in a quiet spot outside.
  5. Remind yourself, that although your situation may be a difficult one, you are not the only one.  There is always someone going through similar situations, or even worst.
  6. With God ALL things are possible!  God doesn’t tell us, “some things are possible,” rather he promises that  “ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.”   Remember that!
  7. Consistently, hope in the Lord and soon your perspective will shift.
  8. And, finally, don’t confuse a Season for A Lifetime.  Things will change, they will get better and this season you’re walking in, without a doubt, will come to an end!

Have a Blessed Easter my friends!

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“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

 

 

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Same God, Different Day

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When you’re in trouble He is your refuge.

When you are crying He dries your tears.

When you are lonely He is your comfort.

When you are fearful He is your peace.

Though days are different,

And seasons change,

He still walks beside you,

He’s the same God, just a different day.

 

 

The Right Time

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When it comes to timing, you’re neither ahead or behind anyone.

Some people graduate college and find their “dream” job by 25, while others may find theirs many years later.

One might feel ready to be married at 28, while another person marries well into their 40’s.

Some might think starting a new family will be best at 30, while another person wants to be done having children by the same age.

Spain is 6 hours ahead of Florida, but that doesn’t make Florida slow.

The point is this. . . you are never early, nor are you ever late.  You are never ahead of anyone else, nor are you behind, either.

Life is a personal journey, a race to be run by YOU.

Run your own race at your pace. Don’t look at others and compare yourself to anyone else. Remember they are on their race, going at the pace that is right for them.  That pace might be behind you or ahead, but it doesn’t matter.

Don’t ask anyone when is the right time for things in your life, for only you know that answer.

Learn to live in your own time zone and allow others to live in theirs.

Life is about waiting for the right moment to act.  Only you will know when that moment has come.

 

“For everything there is a season, and a time

for every purpose under heaven.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

 

 

 

When It Rains It Pours

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Pouring down rain is what’s been going on around me lately.  I don’t mean it literally of course.  The winters here in Florida are picture perfect.  Cooler breeze blowing all day and the sun peeking out just enough to warm my soul.

But to say this past week has been rough would be an understatement. So, with everything that has taken place, the famous expression, “when it rains, it pours,” came to mind. Not only was I scheduled for a medical procedure and was super busy getting ready for that, but just as I was preparing, I was stopped in my tracks by none other than the flu.  NO joke!

Now I’m aware that perhaps you might be thinking . . . first world problems, and maybe so.  But to give you some background knowledge, this all came on the heels of several other difficult trials we’ve endured the past year and a half.  And so, truthfully, I’m exhausted!

Then last night as I lay in my room, I must admit, feeling sorry for myself, I remembered that God doesn’t promise us a life without trials.  He doesn’t promise an easy life full of skittles and rainbows.  But what God does promise is that even in seasons of disappointments and trials, He is with us.  God walks right alongside us on our individual journey, taking every step with us. And when we surrender, I mean truly surrender, He will guide us through it all.

Today, I want you to remember, as I had to remind myself last night, that whatever unfair circumstance you find yourself in.  Whatever curveball life has thrown you recently, find comfort and encouragement in the knowledge that God has not left you to do it alone. He is one prayer away; all we must do is ask.

 

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

 

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Some things don’t need to be “handled.”

They need to be “unhandled.”

Nothing requires more self-control than withdrawing the attempt to control.

If something ended, accept it.

Let it go!

 If God allowed it, it’s because He has something better in store for you!

EVERY ENDING IS A NEW BEGINNING!

 

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It’s now officially Spring, although around here one wouldn’t notice much.  Due to Florida’s climate, it’s “green” all year around.

But regardless, I STILL LOVE SPRING!

I think I’ve always loved this time of year because for me it signifies a rebirth. The ending of something and the beginning of another.  But endings can be difficult, especially those endings we don’t expect.  We’re creatures of habit, and so ending something familiar means something is over, it’s done, finished!

There are no right or wrong ways on how to navigate endings.

Truthfully, it’s all about moving through them without getting stuck!

And so, I would like to offer a different perspective on how to view personal endings that has helped me gain a more positive outlook.

EVERY ENDING IS A NEW BEGINNING

Ever heard someone say “When one door closes, another door opens.” Close that door, that chapter in your life, and look forward to your new beginning. Have courage to tackle what’s to come!

“TO EVERY THING THERE IS A SEASON, AND A TIME TO EVERY PURPOSE UNDER HEAVEN”

Undoubtedly, at some point we WILL all experience different seasons in our lives. Trust in God’s timing! Remember it is not for us to fully comprehend.  When we surrender, the rest follows!

EMBRACE YOUR “UNKNOWN” WITH FAITH

Moving towards a future we do not know can be scary. But proceed with faith and rest assured that something so much better will be waiting on the other side of your unknown!

ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR FEELINGS

No one should tell you how you should feel. And certainly no one should minimize your feelings. Dealing with endings does resemble grief, and so the grief process is as unique as the person going through it. Be patient with yourself, so you can move through it in YOUR time.

STAY HOPEFUL

Things will get easier!  Remember that nothing lasts forever.  Transitions are always hard at first.  But when you remain hopeful, it allows you to find the good in your situation!

TRANSITIONS

The transition between endings and beginnings does not have to be a difficult one.  Allow yourself the time needed to let go of your past, so that you can move gracefully into your future!

Remember that Just because something has ENDED,

doesn’t mean it’s THE END!