HOW TO LOVE GOD IN YOUR NEW SEASON
You may or may not be wondering about the title..
I mean, does it mean or imply that we don't love God? Anyone reading this title would be very right to think well I love God, and whatever season I am in wouldn't affect this.
But you know, life is real, and seasons are real.
Our emotions, thoughts and struggles are very real.
How can we maintain a consistent childlike trust in God when seasons shift and change constantly?
What I'd like to share in todays post is really about the changing seasons in our lives, and how we can continue on with the Lord, even when it feels very different and difficult to do so.
If truth be told, shifting seasons can often have us feeling unhinged and unsure about many things. Some of us may find ourselves on the cusp of change, or right in the thick of a new experience, and all this can make us feel very uncertain.
Since getting married and having my son, I have felt quite strange.
Of course, I am filled with joy, gratitude and contentment with my portion, yet I recognise another feeling. One that is foreign to me, but which seems to feel more dominant, constant and niggling.
For the longest time I couldn't put my finger on it until recently it dawned on me that it was my relationship with God.
It was changing, because I was changing and I didn't know what to do about it.
The single Alethea is now gone, and the relationship I had with God then, has needed to evolve, deepen, and in same cases be re-affirmed.
I have needed to learn to walk with Him in a new season of my life. Although certain foundations have been put into place, standing at a new crossroad, I have still found it difficult to feel a connection.
A lot of us don't like change.
It makes us feel vulnerable and inadequate.
Although we say that we are open to learning, we don't always like how it makes us feel when in the process.
Learning can be hard.
It requires a lot of unlearning, commitment and humility.
As I write this, I am sitting next to my sweet boy who I have FINALLY managed to settle to sleep. As I listen to his breathing, and watch his little chest rise and fall, I am very much aware of the fact that I am head deep in a new season!
Often times when we find ourselves in a new season, or experience, we tend to draw back and look for the old version of ourselves and the level of faith that we had.
Yet have you considered that in our new seasons, God is calling us into a new version of ourselves? To evolve into a new person, and operate and live out a new level of faith in Him?
Colossians 1:23 speaks of the incredible gift we have of being reconciled to God through Christ, and it goes on to encourage the believer to continue on in the faith, being steadfast, and not moving away from the hope of the Gospel that they first heard.
I think that's it.
That's how we love God, or continue to love God during the shifting, uncertain and changing seasons of our lives.
We don't lose the hope of the Gospel in our hearts, but carry it boldly into every circumstance that we find ourselves in - even if it feels unclear to us.
Whatever season you find yourself in, remember that God is faithful to meet you right where you are.
Remember the way things were when you first gave your life to Christ? The hope you had in your heart that He was a good God who had everything planned and prepared for you? The hope of the redemption story that blazed so vibrantly in your heart? Or how about the zeal and overwhelming love that you had for the Redeemer of your soul?
Don't lose that.
In fact, fight to keep it, because the enemy is certainly seeking and waiting to devour your faith in Him at any given opportunity (1 Peter 5:8).
New seasons come with a lot of firsts. We are called upwards to begin to acquire new disciplines that we were never aware of; to trust and have faith when it feels as though we are walking blindly and others are so far ahead of us, and to live more intentionally, and intensely.
It's a lot.
But remember that holding onto the hope of the Gospel in light of whatever season we find ourselves in, allows the light of who God is to pierce through the fog (sometimes instantly, sometimes with time).
So holding onto and meditating upon truths such as;
HE IS FAITHFUL
HE IS STRONG AND MIGHTY
HE KNEW ME WHEN I WAS BEING FORMED IN MY MOTHERS WOMB
HIS PLANS FOR MY LIFE ARE GOOD
HE WILL GET THE GLORY
I AM AN OVERCOMER IN HIM BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB
HE IDENTIFIES AND UNDERSTANDS MY STRUGGLES AND WEAKNESSES
HE IS ON MY SIDE
I AM LOVED
HE GOES BEFORE ME
EVERYTHING I NEED HAS BEEN SUPPLIED IN HIM
A TABLE IS PREPARED BEFORE ME
THE GLORY OF ETERNITY IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE
It doesn't always ease the physical burden and calling of a season, but what it does do is place a shield around our hearts, keeping in the peace, and leading our hearts to lean on Him in assurance instead of being burdened with much anxiety, and relying on our own strength and wit.
God wins every time.
Wherever you are in your journey, I pray that you would begin to change your perspective in a positive way, and seek Him afresh as you grow into your new life chapters.
Here are just a few scriptures to encourage you if you are in a new season of uncertainty. Prayerfully speak these within your heart.
I'd love to hear if you have struggled to find God in a new season?
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