Welcome Guest Blogger, Deborah H. Bateman, the Founder of Christian Daily Resources, a Christian Online Ministry, dedicated to “Sharing God’s Word”. She is a Christian Author, Blogger and Website Designer.
Thank ya' Deborah!
Thought her blog article would be most fittin' as we're changin' seasons right now. Enjoy 'n be blessed!
1 To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Just as there are seasons of the year: spring, summer, fall and winter, we all go through seasons in our lives. The seasons of the year were part of God's plan from the beginning of creation as we see in this scripture. Genesis 1:14-15 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
SPRING is a time for planning and planting. Maybe you plant a garden or a flower bed. You may plan your vacation, wedding or some event that will take place in the future. It is a time for hope, new beginnings and looking forward for what is to come. I really love the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection at Easter in the spring. John 11:25 KJV - Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
SUMMER is a time for fun, cookouts, vacations, weddings, beach trips, and births; these are times in our lives when we are celebrating the good things and blessings that God has brought into our lives. It is a time of joy and a time to harvest the crops that we planted in spring just as this scripture talks about. Proverbs 10:5 He that gathereth in summer [is] a wise son: [but] he that sleepeth in harvest [is] a son that causeth shame.
FALL may be a time of letting go of something or someone, maybe the people that we love most in our lives. I love when the leaves on the trees change colors to beautiful colors of gold, rust, and orange. But eventually, just as we have to learn to let go, the trees have to let go of their leaves. This may be a time of sadness. We have to learn to lean on God for strength to get through these times in our lives.
One of the highlights of fall is the celebration of Thanksgiving. It is a time when families get together and celebrate with one another. It gives us a chance to offer thanks to God for all His blessings just as this scripture says. Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name.
WINTER of our lives may represent a death, a divorce, a serious illness. It is a time of sorrow. These are cold dark times in our lives, but with God’s help we can get through them and then it is spring again and He brings hope back into our lives. One thing that I love about winter, which helps to brighten those cold, dark, dreary days, is the celebration of Jesus’ birth during the Christmas holidays.
This scripture reminds us that as long as the earth exists these seasons will remain. Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
No matter what season of your life you are in God is there for you. He is there when you are celebrating something in your life and you are happy. He is also there when you are letting go or mourning something in your life and you are sad.
Sometimes when we are going through the tough times we can feel His presence even more. I am not sure whether it is because He knows we need Him or because we realize in those times that we need Him. Reach out to God and He will help you get through whatever season you are in.
He is a true companion just as is stated in this scripture. Hebrews 13:5 KJV - [Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
What season of life are you in?
Have a blessed day!
Deborah H. Bateman is the Founder of Christian Daily Resources, a Christian Online Ministry, dedicated to “Sharing God’s Word”. She is a Christian Author, Blogger and Website Designer. If you would like to connect with Deborah you can on her Facebook page. Deborah H. Bateman-Christian Author at: http://www.facebook.com/DeborahHBateman