Action #20 Flow with the Seasons

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“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. “ Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)

Seasons signify change.

We see changes in nature and in weather, but with each new season we also change.

What worked in one season won’t necessarily work in another.

When the seasons change it’s a good time to reflect, assess, and re-evaluate to see what’s working and what needs to change.

These are a few of the seasons we might encounter in life:

-the school year
-summer vacation
-holidays
-new baby
-empty nest
-college
-newlyweds
-new job or career
-a move
-times of transition
-mourning and grief
-celebrations
-youth, teenage years, adulthood, middle age, old age

Right now I’m in the newly empty nest season. I’m longer on time and shorter on energy (but I’m working on that!).

The things I’m focusing on in this season are:

-health
-my relationship with God
-my relationship with my husband
-being the family glue
-serving at my church
-writing
-the ministry of availability
-bringing in more income

In my many decades of living I’ve discovered that it’s a lot easier to simply flow with the seasons than to buck against them.

Sometimes that requires really leaning into the Lord because all too often we face seasons that we’ve never encountered before. I certainly am right now. This empty nest season is brand new territory for me.

What about you?  What season are you in?

 

Writing Prompt: Write to explore the season of life that you’re in and see what you discover.

 

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Action #19: Do the One Thing

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“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10: 41-41 (NIV)

During this 31 Days of Getting It Done, we’ve been doing stuff and taking action and that’s a good thing.

But all of it is meaningless if we fail to do the one thing that matters most.

All the accomplishments in the world can’t take the place of simply sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening intently to His Words.

Today let’s focus on one thing.

Let’s do what matters most.

Let’s forego the to-do list and the flurry of activity and let’s sit at the Lord’s feet listening.

This is a good day to read the Bible.

This is a good day to worship the Lord at church.

This is a good day to pray—especially for all of those folks we promise to pray for but never do.

This is a good day to remember all the Lord has done for us and rest in His finished work rather than doing our own.

“By the seventh day God had finished all the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating he had done.” Genesis 2: 2-3 (NIV)

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 (NIV)

 

Writing Prompt: What is the Lord speaking to your heart today? Write it.

 

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