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Seasons of Life P.1 – Spring Time

 

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I don’t know if the weather has been unusually warm where you are from, but here in the metro St. Louis area it has been down right HOT!!! So hot in fact, I am starting to wonder about all these theories about global warming. Thankfully though, the past two days have been amazing, and as I began thinking about what I was going to write today, I decided to head to this new local coffee shop not far from where I live. I think yesterday’s temps only reached 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and the heat index was pretty low as well. Anyways, I found this cute coffee shop, and the thought, “seasons” came to my mind. Suddenly, I felt the urge to begin writing again, and I started jotting down my thoughts on paper. As I sat there staring out the window and thinking about how beautiful it was outside, it reminded me of the various seasons in life. The way I see it, each person goes through seasons; or times; where it seems either good, bad, or a little bit of something in the middle. I have come to believe it is in these seasons where our character is developed, and we become a stronger person. I have been taught that through this, it is what helps develop our unique story and a way to help others around us. Over the next few weeks I would like to share a few things from each of the seasons, much like we see in our weather pattern, I have encountered over the years. Today I will be sharing about Spring, and in the moments when we truly feel #blessed.

Spring Time, Life at its best

Most people, me included, would usually take it easy when life seems to be going our way, as if we don’t have a care in the world. I am not saying we shouldn’t enjoy these moments, I have become a firm believer in journaling during these times, and I think – actually I know – I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for my faith and what the Bible says regarding my identity. For many people I have talked to, who claim to be a Christian or are not following Jesus, they base their identity on pop culture and what is common among others. I have noticed when times are good, they are really good; and when the bad times come, it feels like the ground is falling out from beneath them. Something I have learned over the years is if I don’t find my identity in what God has said about me, then I will not survive when life tries to sucker punch me in the gut. This is why I have become a firm believer of journaling when times are good, because in the seasons when nothing is going right, I can look back and remember there was good in my life, and I can have hope that the hard times won’t last forever. One truth I love to focus on is found in Jeremiah:

They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. – Jeremiah 17:8 New Intl. Version

Could you imagine living life like this where it always feels like spring regardless of what is happing all around you, and no matter what others do it doesn’t affect how you feel on the inside? This is exactly what God wants for all those who trust Him with their hearts and lives.

Next time we will discuss what to do in the summer season, when it feels like the heat is turned all the way up, and you are doing your best to just come out with most of your limbs intact.

If you don‘t have a personal relationship with God or you have heard horrible things about a God who only seeks to hit you with a switch when you do something that he doesn’t approve of, then will you reconsider the real God of the Bible? Will you ask God to reveal himself to you today and help you to learn to embrace the good times, and reflect on them when life gets challenging? All you have to do is be honest and talk to him like you would a good friend.

 

Until next time,

Angie Frantz

 

Posted in Change

Power to Change

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” – Phil. 2:13 NLT

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There are some people who will say, being a follower of Jesus is boring or too hard because you have to say no to friends or activities you once enjoyed. There were times in my life I was presented with a choice to do what “felt” good at the time or to obey my savior. Yes, it is hard to be a follower of Jesus, and it takes work, but as I am leaning on Jesus and spending quality time with him, he lines up my desires with his and gives me the strength to say no to my sinful nature and yes to doing his will – which let’s face it, is so much better than what I think I want.

Sometimes, I feel overwhelmed with being a new wife, learning to keep my house in order – seeing as it is much bigger than what I am used to -, and wanting to serve in my community and church. I love this verse because I know God sees my heart and understands how I want to be the best version of myself. God wants to give me the power to live life fully, one that pleases him and helps others in need, he is just waiting for me to ask him!

I don’t know about you, but this verse has really opened my eyes to how I view God, and how he desires for me to have a good life. This might come as a surprise, but you can have fun and live a meaningful life as a follower of Jesus. After reading this, how does this verse and what I shared change your perspective on things and how you will live your life today? Share in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!!