Tag: God is in control

What’s Your Favorite Season?

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 tells of a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.   It lists things specifically:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
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,
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.

It’s true that there is a season for everything.  As I look back over the years of being a new wife, a new mom, watching our kids first day of kindergarten, then first basketball games, softball games, celebrations of 13th birthdays, vacations, first love, then heartbreaks of first love, then death of loved ones, then college, more celebrations, more heartbreak, proud moments and disappointing moments, I see many changes in seasons.  But through it all, I loved being a mom and a wife and celebrating life.  I saw God in the trials and in the joy.  I thanked Him for the good and begged Him for relief during the bad.

It made me think about how I love every season in Indiana.  I love the snow in the winter.  I love the baby birds in the spring.  I love the green grass in the summer.  I love the beautiful leaves in the fall.  No matter if it gets icy, rainy, hot or windy, I know I can make it through the few months to the next season and that I will love something about the next season that is coming.

Keep this in mind as you are in certain seasons in your life.  There is a reason for every season you go through in life.  And there is a time for every season.  It’s just a season.  Cling to the Maker and you’ll get through it.  Sun, snow, rain and wind are all good in their time.  Enjoy the season you are in – “build a snowman”, “smell the flowers”, “dance in the rain”, “jump in the leaves”.  There’s good in every season because God …….is………..good!

Greener Grass is Right Under Your Feet

Too many people are thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, when they ought to just water the grass they are standing on. – Amar Dave

This reminds me of the devotion I read today regarding being thankful. It seems like sometimes we are always looking at the glass half empty instead of half full. We are always looking at the negative in our lives instead of the positives.
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Be Patient and Keep Refueling

Have you ever been in a hurry to get to a destination and you are stopped by sudden traffic?  I hate that.  It seems that you are crawling at a snail’s pace – or maybe the snail is crawling faster.  A few years ago my husband and I were on our way home from a weekend trip in Gatlinburg, TN and we got caught in a 4-hour traffic jam from a semi trailer chemical spill.  We were at almost a complete stand-still for 4 hours.  People were running out of gas and pulling off the side of the road.  Others were raising the hoods on their cars to allow some air to flow to cool down the engine.  It was 4 lanes of traffic and no exit in sight.  No where to go.  We just had to be patient and sit.  Fortunately we had snacks, a cooler full of water, a tank full of gas and magazines to read. 
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It’s as Easy as the Hokey Pokey

This morning I was doing my Bible study and I came across these verses:  Psalm 47:1-2:  “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.  How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth!”
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This is the Day the Lord Has Made – Now Straighten Up and Enjoy It!

Yesterday we went to our daughter’s white coat ceremony for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at her college.  It was a wonderful ceremony and a great day of fun with her and her roommates and their parents and our family.

But it wasn’t all fun and relaxing up to that point.  I was very stressed trying to get clothes ironed and our daughter needed us to bring her some clothes and her desk and other things.  Read More

The Ship is Safe in the Harbor

The ship is safe in the harbor.  But ships weren’t meant to stay in the harbor.

We feel safe when we are in comfortable surroundings – like the ship in the harbor.  We feel safe when we are at church.  We feel safe when we are around our Christian friends.  We feel safe in a routine.  We feel safe with the familiar.  But God didn’t create us to stay safe in the harbor.
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Relax in the Rain

Last night I was driving home in the storm and I could not see clearly at all.  The lines on the road were invisible.  The rain was pounding on my windshield and the wipers were washing as fast as the motor would allow but they were not able to keep up.  The road was flooding.  The lightening was flashing all around me.  It was getting dark, and I was getting nervous.  But as I approached the welcomed driveway to my home, I felt peace and comfort knowing I was pulling in the dry garage to waltz into my safe, dry living room out of the storm.
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