Anyone else feel like time is ticking at an accelerated tempo these days? I can hardly believe it has been almost 8 months since my fingers have pounded out a blog post around here.
The last 8 months have been a crazy time for our family, which has culminated in the last 2-3 months feeling like a whirlwind. Quite honestly, I do not even know where to start this post but I figured I’d better just start or I’ll never get anything posted. 🙂
In June, my last post was “Hope Deferred” as our family had been in a season of struggle/waiting.
It was based on Proverbs 13:12,
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
And I’m here to tell you that living in a season of uncertainty and delay can make your heart sick. There is no doubt about that.
Been there. Done that. It’s grueling.
But I’m also here to tell you that getting to the other side and having that “long fulfilled” brings a whole new season filled with life.
Isn’t that just like our God to create times in our lives that mimic the seasons? We have long winter seasons where it seems nothing is growing and happening. But then things begin to shift – the sun begins to shine, plants begin to bud, and before you know it, blooms are everywhere. I’m so thankful that as we move through a challenging time in our lives, God remains faithful and doesn’t leave us in that winter season forever. Spring comes and new things begin to happen!
I recently spoke at a ladies event at our church and shared with them that while I’m not sure I will ever understand the struggles and waiting seasons, I do know that going through trials brings a whole new level of intimacy with Christ. There is a new level of trust knowing that He is the faithful provider and His timing is perfect in our lives.
We have had so many changes in the last year- new jobs, new schools, new plans- but what I’m most excited and thankful for are the new relationships, friendships, and the personal/spiritual growth that came out of that time. I’m convinced that God uses everything in our lives if we let Him.
Am I saying everything is perfect now? No, certainly not. But looking back at where we were a year ago and where we are today – it brings tears to my eyes. I am so humbled and thankful for what God is doing in our lives and excited for what is ahead for our family.
God has also been so gracious to plant some new things in my heart in recent weeks/months. And while I do not know exactly know what is ahead, I know I can trust Him.
I’m encouraged for the upcoming year by Paul’s words to the Corinthians,
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
I Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)
Hopefully it won’t be so long before you hear from me again. But until then, may we abound in the work of the Lord!