Winter's cold is chilling, while summer's sun brings warmth. However, all sunshine and no rain make a desert. Each season has a purpose. "Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart" (Gal. 6:9) (Taken from "Live Beautifully: A Study in the Books of Ruth and Esther" by Lenya Heitzig & Penny Rose)A very beautiful, tiring weekend we had. A flight to St. Louis to share in time spent with family, an intimate exchange of vows and a wonderful time of fellowship - meeting people who live life with Jason and Jenny. I was overwhelmed with happiness for another person.
I gave up and bought waterproof mascara half way through the weekend since my eyes just seemed to keep leaking! God has blessed Jenny with an incredible man after a season - 'in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.' God has also done amazing things in her through the seasons of her life. I have grown to love her like a sister over these years, yet I don't know her as a sister. And as I spoke with person after person this weekend about her and her sweet spirit...I started to ache. After years of having no siblings, I have had a sister for 14 years but I have not taken advantage of that! I now have a renewed purpose of wanting to truly know her and to create sisterly bonds - and brotherly, too! I'm thankful that God has placed these two in my life - and even though they live 12 hours away I am asking God to make them seem close as we build our relationship with them!
|Jason & Jenny|
God gave me something to meditate on yesterday. 'Thankfulness is the antidote to envy.' Yes, yes it is. What had I thanked Him for lately? Um, it had been a few days. Focus on Him. Focus off of me. He also reminded me again that there are seasons for everything. Each season has a purpose. I can't just have sunshine or my life would be a desert. My season now is different than other people's. There is a time for every purpose under heaven. A time for sweet beginnings - a time for bumpy middles. A time for plenty - a time for want. Thankfulness for the moment and for this season and for what I have now...that is the key. And much like the wedding vows Jeff and I exchanged 14 years ago and we heard this weekend repeated sweetly - there will be times of plenty and of want, sickness and health, good times and bad times. Seasons come and change - as sure as the sun will rise.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
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 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 love and a time to hate,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Father, give me strength in this season as I wait for You. Keep my focus on you alone - not others. Help me to serve others, rejoice with others, and weep with others purely. Continue to mold and shape my heart - I want to be more like You. Help me through this season of healing, building up, weeping, and mourning. A time of dancing, laughing, and gain You promise. Lord, protect me from the evil one as he is whispering to me what I am not and what I lack. Remind me what I am and what I have! Help me to recall Your word as defense. Please send me friends to support me in this season and keep my heart thankful always. Amen.Ecclesiastes 3:1-8