Monthly Archives: May 2012

What season are you in right now?

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There seems to be seasons in our life, short ones and long ones.

I love the times in my life where everything is organized, on schedule, and moving along just the way I like. These are times when my home life is harmonious, I am not upset with any of my friends and they are not upset with me, my husband is treating me well, and I like the way I look. I feel, for a moment, that I am in control, and my hope is that nothing changes. These are the short seasons of life.

Then are times that God seems to be scattering everything by changing my routine, friends, job, and family dynamics. I feel unorganized and anxious. I begin to worry how everything will turn out and I shut my eyes and hope for the best. These seasons feel like they last too long.

Did you know that this is scriptural? Did you know that this is part of God’s plan for our lives? Take a look at Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, but specifically focus in on verse 5. God allows our lives to be both organized and chaotic. While we much rather have calm waters, we grow closer to Christ in the hard times (if we make the decision to do so).

Trusting God through fearful times requires us to believe that He really cares about us and wants what’s best for us. We learn to believe when we either see His faithfulness or just choose to believe Him because His word says what He is like. He is a good God and He does want us to believe He loves us and believe He sent His son for us. Our goal as Christians is to be like Him in all seasons of our lives.

Other verses to read:

Proverbs 3:5-6     http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs%203:5-6&version=NIV

Philippians 4:6     http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=philippians%204:6&version=NIV

What if God does give us more than we can handle?

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I am a believer that God gives us more than we can handle. We wouldn’t need Him otherwise. If I always had a manageable life with manageable problems, what need would I have for God? If I handled all situations with kindness and the perfect words, where would my dependence on God’s forgiveness and mercy be?

People often interpret 1 Corinthians 10:13 wrong. This verse addresses temptations and how God is faithful to provide a “way out”, another option to sinning, in these times. If you are tempted beyond what you can handle, look around, and you’ll see another choice to get out of the temptation. This verse isn’t to be taken to mean that God won’t give us more than we can handle on a daily basis.

In life, what have you found effective when challenges come? I like to pray that God’s will be done in the situation. I “offer up” the situation and the outcome to Him. I mentally rehearse what His word says about Him, and recall times in which He has been faithful to me. I tell Him I trust Him and I’m nervous, but I understand that I need to walk through what lies ahead.