How to love your season of life (even when it is tough)

How to love your season of life (even when it is tough)

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How to love the season of life God has you

(Even when it’s tough) 

 

When I was a little girl, I would play grown up. I remember in middle school desperately wanting to be older and be in high school and when I was in high school I couldn’t wait till I was old enough to graduate and move onto college. I’ve always been so impatient to get to the next step of my life, and now that I am in college I am convinced that it will all be so much easier after graduation when I have the degree and job that I want and I am already looking forward to that day. 

When I was younger  my parents would take my sister and I out on summer nights to go for a drive and for ice cream. The car ride to a few towns over to our favorite ice cream shop always felt so long but I never wanted it to end. I loved riding in my dad’s jeep with the windows down, and the warm air. I would just enjoy ride wishing it would never end. I wasn’t impatient to get there, I just loved the roads we took and the memories we made getting there. 

 

The older I get the more I realize how important it is to stop rushing things and not be in such a hurry to get to the next stage. Life passes us by so quickly and God has us exactly where we are meant to be at this point in time. Life is always changing and each day and before we realize it we are on the way to the next stage of life, but it is not only about where we are going but the people we become along the way. 

 

No matter what season of life God has you in, there will be bumpy roads and rough days. I know one thing for sure is things don’t always go as planned, but they always follow God’s plan for your life. Things may be completely thrown off track from what you expect, or might take longer then you hoped but just know that those times are helping you become who God is creating you to be. You might cry because things don’t go your way and you find yourself in situations you don’t know how you got into. You might wish you had a better job, a slimmer waist, better grades or whatever it may be. Life is never going to feel perfect, even when you get all the things you pray for there will still be hard times ahead. 

When I was 10, I got cancer and my life was thrown completely upside down and a lot of my plans and schooling got delayed. But with that hardship and delayed plans God’s plan took over and guided my life where he planned for me to go. So no matter what bump might hit your road, trust that God has a plan and will steer you in the direction he sees your life going in. 

You might be like me, always looking ahead trying to get to the next season of life or maybe you watch someone else’s life and wish you were in their season. We have all been there, wishing things were different and comparing ourselves to other people. 

Life has bumpy roads and difficult days we all face. No one has a perfect life, every goes through their own pain and trials. In the pain and the season of waiting there is beauty in the transformation and the way God can sculpt you into who he wants you to become. 

Maybe the key to everyone waiting for the next season of life and uneasy with what they are experiencing is that maybe we should slow down. Take time off our phones and be present in the moment. Remember that God has us where we are meant to be and when the next season comes, we will be grateful for the ones we endured before it. The times when we wait or compare are times when we transform and learn lessons that need to be taught. It’s not about getting to the next big thing, but appreciating today and focusing on what is in front of us now. God is able to change us and heal us when we show our brokenness and cry out to him. 

So my tip fro enjoying today is this 

When you catch yourself wishing for the next season of life, pray for thankfulness of all the thing you have today. Be thankful for the friends in your life, the family that surrounds you and everything, even the stuff that challenges you! Remember hard times produce perseverance and make us more bold in our faith. 

 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything James 1:2-4 New International Version (NIV)

Sharing The Gospel

Sharing The Gospel

Everyone likes to hear all the good and the happiness but from personal experience I know that the times when I have learned to rely on God the most are times when life is challenging and when I’m in sticky situations or going through a lot of uncertainty about my future. 


Hearing testimonies from other people who went through what I’m experiencing in my life is so edifying and reassuring of God's love and grace through every single situation. Seeing others overcome situations with faith and trust in God is so encouraging and  promising to me!
I think that one of the most powerful ways we are able to share the gospel and show people the love of Christ is though sharing our personal testimonies with others! A huge gift that God gives us is our life experience and the ability to use those to connect with other people put into our lives.  When we read stories in the Bible we see people evangelize and for a long time I struggled to really understand what that meant or how that could look in my life!  The best way I know to do this is by connecting with others and being able to share my life and my trials by pointing everything back on Jesus and keeping the focus and glory on him! It helps other people who are or may not be believers to see the power of Jesus and see how the Holy Spirit can work!  
John 14 says” Greater works you will do." I think that when we share our stories the greater work we are doing is by sharing God's love and being able to build his kingdom by encouraging others through what’s he has done for us! 

When we trust in God and share our testimonies, including the real raw details, we are sharing the gospel of our gracious loving wonderful father.

What I have been up to- Life update

I have been a little MIA from my blog and posting on my website recently because I am figuring out some things God needed to teach me. 

 

I had taken a few steps back from social media and my blog to focus on certain aspects of my life and make sure that I am going where God is leading me to go! It has been a blessing to take time to focus on my relationship with Jesus, finish up finals at school, spend time with family and friends and focus on work. After taking the hiatus and taking time to go in a direction God is calling me to, I feel more certain and more grateful for everything he has put into my life.  Sometimes taking a step back from everything and putting the focus back on Jesus is exactly what I need to do to remember why exactly I am here, and that is to glorify God! That is why each of us is here and what our purpose on this planet is! 

 

From taking time and taking a step back, I now have clarity to see, appreciate, and be thankful for all the blessings in my life! 

 

In this season of my life, I want to share the top 5 things I am grateful for with all of you.

 

1.     Time with Jesus- There is nothing more comforting or soothing to my soul then sitting down and opening the bible and praying over the word. Life isn’t easy and we aren’t called to be perfect but we have a perfect savior who knows exactly what we need to hear when we need to hear it. When I’m stressed out or confused the answer to all my worry is always eased and found in the bible

 

2.     Family - Family are the most important people God puts into our life. We share our days with and they are the ones who are with us through every season of life, the good and bad. 

 

3.     Sunshine and Warm Weather - I don’t know what it is about the summer time but whenever it’s warm out it just seems to be so much more enjoyable! I love sitting outside in the sunshine and enjoying the day in the warm weather.

 

4.     Sunflowers- If you have followed me on instagram for a while now you would know how much I love sunflowers. I am so thankful for them because they always put a huge smile on my face

 

5.     For all of you - Taking time off social media made me so thankful for the community I have online and being able to post and share with such amazing people 

 

Life is a gift and I am so thankful for everything and everyone God has put into my life. It is certainly a journey, where we continually learn and grow.  What a blessing life is!