Welcome, come on in my friend! Today we are reflecting upon Time, as yet another year has passed & a new one has begun.
When my family were together over the recent Christmas/New Year period we couldn’t get over just how quickly the months of 2022 had gone. Even the teen-agers in our family felt the same!
Over my lifetime, one thing I’ve noticed is how incredibly fast time passes! Have you noticed that?
In a blink of an eye seasons of life come & go!
Let’s grab our cuppa’s & get comfy before we begin our time together.
I’m having a mug of Green Chai Tea today. What’s yours?
Seasons in Life
Since 2018 I have adopted the practice of having a theme for reflection/focus for the year.
I know many take a one word focus, but I’ve found a theme works best for me.
A theme comes to me through prayer.
This year the theme ‘Season’ seems to have been brought to my attention.
Doing a little research on the word Season in scripture, I noticed that the original meaning in Hebrew is ‘an appointed time’.
In a recent devotional, the following questions were posed;
If you were to reflect upon your current season in life, what season would you say you’re in?
Would it be a season of;
Or………….? You may fill in the blank.
They’re definitely thought provoking questions, aren’t they?
Of which I’m still reflecting upon my answer, because I feel that I’m in a few seasons at the moment.
Kind of like those days where we have four weather seasons in one day.
Where you wake to a freezing cold morning (like Winter), then the day gets hot (like Summer), then it rains (like Spring) & then it becomes more temperate (like Autumn).
The devotion also posed the following question;
What is God revealing to you in this season of your life?
A startling exercise
For a reflective exercise I decided to change the word Season in the above questions to the original meaning in Hebrew of ‘an appointed time’.
And my goodness that made me sit back & take notice!
Let’s do the main questions together & you’ll see what I mean;
If you were to reflect upon your current appointed time in life, what time would you say you’re in?
What is God revealing to you in His appointed time for your life?
Wow! It changes the perspective entirely, doesn’t it?
To know that this season in my life isn’t just a random occurrence but an appointed time from God, is comforting.
And also it’s exciting in seeing what He will reveal to me through this time.
‘For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the LORD,
‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’
Jeremiah 29: 11 Ref
Yes, all the seasons in our life are a part of God’s plan!
Even in the harder appointed times God is ever present carrying us through.
I can attest to this, that in the very hardest seasons of my life, in the loss of my daughter Candy & then twelve months later the death of my only son Benjamin, then in the death of my late husband Ed to brain cancer, God never left me.
For we are not alone in any season of our lives for He promised the following;
“He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My loving kindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation];
for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.”
Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 Ref
I’m excited to see what God has for me in this appointed time (season) & what He will reveal to me throughout this, year.
What about you my friend, what season of life are you in at the moment?
Until next time,
You’re most welcome to join me in The Reading Nook
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26 thoughts on “2023 a new Season”
Losing Candy, Benjamin, and Ed so close together must have been so traumatic, Jennifer. 😦 I’m glad you found God’s comfort during that time. Knowing that his love is with us can sometimes feel like the only thing we have left to hold on to. I’m grateful for Love in my life too.
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Yes it was very traumatic Lisa but the Holy Spirit is the great comforter & in each loss He was there carrying me through & still does to this day. As loss has many layers to it as we age.
I agree there are times in life that His love is the only thing that we can focus upon & hold onto. Bless you.
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What a beautiful reflection
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Thank you Jean, lovely having you drop by today ☺️