Sunday, January 7, 2018

A Season For Everything

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: Eccl 3:1

Everything is cold here.  Lakes and ponds are covered by sheets of ice.  Cars take forever to heat up in the morning, plants have gone dormant and I actually started wearing a coat when I go outside. A couple inches of snow and we will have a Winter Wonderland. It is cold. Very, very cold!

Cold weather brings out my desire to roast turkeys, bake potatoes, and make pies. I am basically looking for any reason to use the oven as an extra heat source.  My husband loves the cookies and pies. I think he looks forward to these cold induced domestic urges all year long.  Unfortunately for him, my urge to bake is a brief season that lasts as long as a cold snap in the South.  Instead of calling this time of year, Winter;  I propose naming it, Baking Season.  What do you think?  Would you name this time of year "Netflix Season" or "Football Season"?

We all go through seasons that aren't exactly determined by the calendar or even the weather.
Solomon wrote about this in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 
 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

As I look back on last year, it ended with a season of mourning for my dear friend Joyce but was filled with rejoicing with my brother in the birth of his son. God restored friendships that had been lost for years and brought new friends into my life. It has been a year focused on studying blessings but as a result it has made the power of demeaning people so much more obvious.  It was a year of determined blogging, after only sporadically blogging in the past, I was determined to faithfully write my blog every week. 

Looking forward into 2018, I am challenged to finish my fourth book. I have been researching and studying blessings for the past two years.  This is a loaded topic that has a lot of baggage from the prosperity gospel to being used in a demeaning way like, "God bless her pea pickin' heart." To focus on my book, I am taking my new friend Sue's advice to cut back on my weekly blogging.  Hopefully, I'll get a couple of blogs written over the year to let you know what I am working on and learning but this year is going to be "Blessing Book Season." I would appreciate your prayers and I am so excited about all that God has in store this year.  

What season did you find yourself in last year? Is there something you need to let go of or cut back on to fully embrace the next season?  Is God calling you into something new for next year?  

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