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Repost: There is a Season for Everything

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

If we continually rest upon the divine counsel of God’s infinite wisdom, our lives can reflect the simplicity of this statement from Ecclesiastes. However, our lives will become maddeningly complex if we choose to ignore the instructions God has for us regarding specific seasons.

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3

“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24

In our minds, we can be in springtime when God has us firmly in a winter season.

“There is…a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.” Ecclesiastes 3:2

Generally speaking, we as human beings don’t like change. In fact, we can enjoy comfort to the point that we’ll delay a season of change (even if it’s good) just to keep everything constant and predictable. Some of us are creatures of habit, and some of us really do like controlling our own lives.  Then, when God instructs us to do something we don’t want to do, our feathers get ruffled. But remember that life is about change.

If you’re not constantly changing, you’re also not growing. Entering (and exiting) seasons of change is healthy!

When God leads us into a new season, He often alters our present-day circumstances.

  • Have you lost the enthusiasm or passion about the work you once felt called to do? God may be moving you into a new season of rest or into a new career.
  • Are you experiencing immense pressure about your current dating relationship? God may be moving you forward into a new season of commitment (such as an engagement), or the relationship may need to come to an end.
  • Do you have an awkward tension towards any situation (a friendship, living arrangement, or financial plan) in your life that seems bizarre? You may be standing still in a season that God wants you to move past.

How can you know the time to move on?

Even after following Jesus for many years, listening for His prompting to move on can be difficult. Allow me to share a few personal examples with you:

1. In a recent season of my life, the Lord had impressed me to pray with a specific individual. Our time was undoubtedly fruitful, and meeting bright and early each Friday morning to sit with the Lord was a real joy. But over time, my spirit became more burdened than joyful, and the Lord  graciously related that this season had come to an end. Even if the Lord gives you a task that produces great fruit in one season, He may not have you continue indefinitely. Seek the Lord, and He’ll be faithful to include you on the timing of events.

“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 straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

2. While I was serving as a missionary with limited funds, the Lord provided a beautiful place for me to live. After praying about it, my roommate and I agreed that I would stay there for a specific time (a few months). Once these initial months passed, we had both became comfortable with our living arrangement. On our own, we decided that I could stay for a bit longer (I still needed a place to live and she needed the income). Shortly thereafter, tension arose between us, and each of our boundaries were slowly encroached upon. At this point, I knew that something was definitely wrong, and God faithfully informed me that His purpose had been fulfilled and it was time to move on.

“Seek the Lord while he may be found;call on him while he is near.Let the wicked forsake their waysand the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7

3. Finally, as a writer today, the Lord has me stepping into some very unfamiliar territory. He has given me a bucket full of BIG dreams, but I also only have a very limited amount of time. Therefore, I have had to choose my time wisely and bid farewell to some old activities (that have been fruitful in the past) to make room for the new items He has for me (that will produce the bountiful harvest He has planted in my life).

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:1-2

Pruning can be a tough process, and it’s easier for us to remain where we feel most comfortable. But as His beloved, we must move on and we must move forward.

“…a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:3-8

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A Dose of Valuable Wisdom for Fruitful Living

The book of Proverbs is often referred to as the book of ancient wisdom. Like a treasure chest filled with exquisite stones, it overflows with practical nuggets of knowledge and understanding. Yet, only when we apply this insight will we experience longevity and success in life.

“Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” Proverbs 30:5

Three times over the past five years, the Lord has asked me to offer up whatever desire I had, because He would answer it…immediately. And each time, I responded with “wisdom.”  If King Solomon was able to enthrall the Father by requesting for such a gift (and experience such a wonderful life), I figured that I should also give it a shot. Wisdom has paid BIG dividends in my life.

Let’s take a look at what the Word has to say about it:

Long (extended, prolonged) life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches (wealth, an abundance of goods, relationships, and success) and honor (renown, regard, admiration, influence, authority). Her ways are pleasant (highly acceptable to the mind or the senses, gratifying, alluring) ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace (adopt, accept, include) her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed (experience holiness, joy, and be fruitful).” Proverbs 3:16-18

“Get (to come into possession of; secure, gain, receive) wisdom, get (obtain, achieve, acquire) understanding; do not forget (neglect, overlook, ignore) My words or swerve (to turn aside from a straight course, diverge, deviate) from them. Do not forsake (abandon, decline, renounce) wisdom, and she will protect (defend, guard, save) you; love her, and she will watch (attend; lookout out for danger) over you.” Proverbs 4:5-6

Wisdom is supreme (preeminent, leading, foremost, dominant); therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have (own, possess, control), get understanding (reason, insight, comprehension, discernment).” Proverbs 4:7

Here are just a few life questions (since there are too many to cover all of them) that serve as examples of providing wise and practical insight for everyday living:

1. How should I deal with a person who is argumentative?

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” Proverbs 15:1

Don’t return their harsh words with your own contempt; that will only make matters worse. Instead, respond gently to avoid a harsh dispute. Intentionally choose to respond this way in advance through the grace of Jesus.

2. How should I respond when someone has offended me?

“A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.” Proverbs 12:16

“A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11

The answer isn’t an easy pill to swallow, but it is wise. Instead of immediately erupting with frustration or annoyance, we should give the individual the benefit of the doubt. Disregarding or ignoring a hurtful/offensive word takes more strength than immediately responding in frustration.

3. If I want to grow in wisdom, what should I do relationally?

“He who walks with the wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20

This is straightforward: If you want to grow in wisdom, then you have to surround yourself with it.

4. How can I pursue my dreams wisely?

First:  “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3

I do not take this lightly. Because I want to be as successful as possible in everything I do, I literally include Jesus in every decision I make (small or large) to ensure I am making the best choices.

Second: “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” Proverbs 13:4

This is the biggest difference between a dreamer and a doer. A sluggard lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming about their life plans, but takes no action to make them come true. However, one who is hard-working, focused, and persistent can actually see their desires become a reality. To sum this up, give it to God first, and then be faithful in completing your part. And don’t give up till you realize it!

5. In choosing wise relationships, what are some specific areas I need to pursue/avoid?

“A perverse man stirs up dissension (drama, strife, tension), and a gossip separates close friends.” Proverbs 16:28

If an individual tends to slander others in front of you, know that they will more than likely do the same about you (behind your back, of course).

“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.” Proverbs 11:13

If you discover that others know about your private matters (because a certain confidante could not keep their mouth closed), carefully assess if this is an individual you want in your life. Trust is critical in relationships; they will not survive without it.

“He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.” Proverbs 17:9

Extend grace and give the benefit of the doubt for an offense. But if it’s continually repeated, boundaries are being crossed and the relationship is jeopardized. It’s wise to periodically evaluate the health of our relationships.

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Proverbs 17:17

Someone who will stick with you through anything (all seasons of life) is rare and extremely valuable. As long as the relationship is healthy and not codependent (unhealthy enabling and dependency of one another), this is good for your soul.

“He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor, than he who has a flattering tongue.” Proverbs 28:23

It’s great to have friends who will speak “truth in love” in order to correct you, rather than a person who deceitfully tells you what you want to hear.

May your heart cling to the Lord’s instruction in this book, beloved. And thank you for choosing His Daily Dose!

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A Season for Everything

Season for Everything Winter Photo

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

If we continually rest upon the divine counsel of God’s infinite wisdom, our lives can reflect the simplicity of this statement from Ecclesiastes. However, our lives will become maddeningly complex if we choose to ignore the instructions God has for us regarding specific seasons.

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3

“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24

In our minds, we can be in springtime when God has us firmly in a winter season.

“There is…a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.” Ecclesiastes 3:2

Generally speaking, we as human beings don’t like change. In fact, we can enjoy comfort to the point that we’ll delay a season of change (even if it’s good) just to keep everything constant and predictable. Some of us are creatures of habit, and some of us really do like controlling our own lives.  Then, when God instructs us to do something we don’t want to do, our feathers get ruffled. But remember that life is about change.

If you’re not constantly changing, you’re also not growing. Entering (and exiting) seasons of change is healthy!

When God leads us into a new season, He often alters our present-day circumstances.

  • Have you lost the enthusiasm or passion about the work you once felt called to do? God may be moving you into a new season of rest or into a new career.
  • Are you experiencing immense pressure about your current dating relationship? God may be moving you forward into a new season of commitment (such as an engagement), or the relationship may need to come to an end.
  • Do you have an awkward tension towards any situation (a friendship, living arrangement, or financial plan) in your life that seems bizarre? You may be standing still in a season that God wants you to move past.

How can you know the time to move on?

Even after following Jesus for many years, listening for His prompting to move on can be difficult. Allow me to share a few personal examples with you:

1. In a recent season of my life, the Lord had impressed me to pray with a specific individual. Our time was undoubtedly fruitful, and meeting bright and early each Friday morning to sit with the Lord was a real joy. But over time, my spirit became more burdened than joyful, and the Lord  graciously related that this season had come to an end. Even if the Lord gives you a task that produces great fruit in one season, He may not have you continue indefinitely. Seek the Lord, and He’ll be faithful to include you on the timing of events.

“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 straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

2. While I was serving as a missionary with limited funds, the Lord provided a beautiful place for me to live. After praying about it, my roommate and I agreed that I would stay there for a specific time (a few months). Once these initial months passed, we had both became comfortable with our living arrangement. On our own, we decided that I could stay for a bit longer (I still needed a place to live and she needed the income). Shortly thereafter, tension arose between us, and each of our boundaries were slowly encroached upon. At this point, I knew that something was definitely wrong, and God faithfully informed me that His purpose had been fulfilled and it was time to move on.

“Seek the Lord while he may be found;call on him while he is near.Let the wicked forsake their waysand the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7

3. Finally, as a writer today, the Lord has me stepping into some very unfamiliar territory. He has given me a bucket full of BIG dreams, but I also only have a very limited amount of time. Therefore, I have had to choose my time wisely and bid farewell to some old activities (that have been fruitful in the past) to make room for the new items He has for me (that will produce the bountiful harvest He has planted in my life).

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:1-2

Pruning can be a tough process, and it’s easier for us to remain where we feel most comfortable. But as His beloved, we must move on and we must move forward.

“…a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:3-8

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