Beautiful in His Time: A New Season

Laura
Laura

Can you believe that fall is practically here?

Laura
Anna
Anna

No! All the Halloween decorations are already out at Lowe’s… I’m actually surprised they don’t have the Christmas stuff out, at the rate the stores have been going lately.

Anna
Laura
Laura

Have you been to Hobby Lobby?  Christmas is slowing creeping toward the front entrance!  The leaf decorations better watch their backs!

Laura
Anna
Anna

Haha! Pretty soon, Christmas is going to start taking over right after the 4th of July!

Anna
Laura
Laura

Yes.  I know we shouldn’t be surprised by the change of seasons.  It happens 4 times a year every year here in the midwest. 😉

Laura
Anna
Anna

Ha – And I should accept this since I’ve lived here all my life! Why is it so hard sometimes? I just want summer to last forever.😩 I’m not ready for cold weather.

Anna
Laura
Laura

I do love the fall, but winter?  Winter is a tough season. It’s hard not to think about all the short days spent indoors.  All those bare trees and the brown grass can be sort of depressing.😞

Laura
Anna
Anna

Do you ever feel like there are seasons in your life where you also dread what’s coming next? And you just kinda drag your feet in the current season? I mean not just the weather, but like new phases of life?

Anna
Laura
Laura

I get it. And it’s true. Sometimes we just want to hold on to those infant days.  Or the toddler phase. Or the sweet preschool stage. Or the grade-schoolers. There’s this aching in my mother’s heart to want to hold onto where I am. But the darn seasons just keep changing. And my kids just keep moving on.  

Laura
Anna
Anna

Yes they do! Why do we sometimes dread what’s next though?

Anna
Laura
Laura

Maybe it’s normal to dread what is unknown about a new phase of life.  And I think it’s easy to dread new territory because of the not-so-great stereotypes that come with a phase.  (Like the terrible two’s or the hormonal pre-teen and rebelious teen years.) And there are many things about those stages that are going to be tough.  

Laura
Anna
Anna

Yes – you hear so many scary things that you project into your own life. Sometimes I’m trying to problem-solve problems that don’t even exist yet. Or may never exist! Does that sound crazy?!?

Anna
Laura
Laura

No!  That makes you a good mom!  

Laura
Anna
Anna

Oh phew! Well, then I’m a REALLY good mom. (Ha.)

Anna
Laura
Laura

Well, I’ve always known that!  But I think it’s more because even though you are anxious about the future, you know, as I do that the future is in really good hands.

Laura
Anna
Anna

True. God created seasons. So I guess He knows all about the seasons that will come in our lives too. And maybe, like winter, spring, summer, and fall, they also have a purpose.

Anna
Laura
Laura

And not only do they have purpose, but God promises to make them beautiful in His time.  Now that sounds a bit crazy!

Laura
Anna
Anna

Not crazy at all. What sounds crazy to us is sometimes God’s wisdom. The “in His time” part is what we need a better grasp of. At least I do. Because we want everything to be instant.

Anna
Laura
Laura

That’s so true. Sometimes we need to remember that some winters are longer and even colder than the year before.

Laura
Anna
Anna

Like last winter! It was so long! I would go out to the mailbox and think, “I’m going to DIE right here from the cold wind,” (I can be a bit over-dramatic, you know).

Anna
Anna
Anna

But then I would tell myself, “Summer WILL come again. It doesn’t seem like it, but it will.”

Anna
Laura
Laura

Haha!

Laura
Anna
Anna

But seriously, do you ever think like – I am stuck in this season FOREVER? I do sometimes when I’m in a challenging place in our marriage, or in a tight financial stretch.

Anna
Laura
Laura

That’s true.  When we are in tough seasons of life, we do have a hope that this season will not last forever, but sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  

Laura
Anna
Anna

Really hard! Like me-without-my-glasses, hard. 😲#legallyblind

Anna
Laura
Laura

And we might even grieve a little when the season does finally end and a new, unknown season begins, even if it promises new life and sunshine.  (Like when we sent our babies to kindergarten! They are going to grow so much in good ways!)

Laura
Anna
Anna

Yes!! I think the grieving is totally okay. It’s part of the process. But knowing that God can use every season to make something beautiful in our lives makes it sooo much easier to breathe and embrace the next one, instead of getting really, sadly stuck.

Anna
Laura
Laura

What if we try to embrace every season for all it’s worth?  And know that God, who makes it beautiful, is with us through each one.

Laura
Anna
Anna

Through life’s winters, long or short, and its summers, and everything in between. 

Anna


Soaking in the Truth

Scripture to encourage you:

  • “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
  • “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; Yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
  • “And we know that in all things god works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, NIV)
  • “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20, NIV)


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Living Out the Truth

Ideas to try:

  • Feeling stuck in a wintry season? Pray and ask God to help you see beauty and purpose in it.
  • Make a list of things you are thankful for — it can be very small things. Look for those little things, and thank God for them.
  • Stay with us throughout the next several weeks as we explore all different seasons and times that we go through as women and moms, looking for the beauty and purpose in it all!

{These suggestions are ideas from novice moms. Sometimes our life situations need more.

In that case, seeking out professional help is the right call.}

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