Pumpkin Everything season

Let's be honest for a moment, I am SO excited that it worked out for this post to be published just in time for the official Fall season - YAY!  Would you agree that the change from one season to another can be so beautiful? ... Well, at least that is what I hear.  I wouldn’t know because I live in Florida, you know, the Endless Summer state.  I’m sure I fell in love with the thought (okay, maybe it was the decorations) of fall, or as I like to call it 'Pumpkin Everything Season', considering I have never actually experienced a fall season.  Well, while some of you enjoyed the last few weeks of summer (and we, here in Central Florida, were practically dead from 105 degree heat), I was already dreaming of pumpkin everything season.  A few weeks ago I had pumpkins on the brain so my husband and I were talking about fall and how it would be here in a couple of weeks, and decided I would decorate that night.  After all, there’s no harm in decorating a few days early, right? I was so excited to get home and start decorating when I thought, “I should look up the actual date for the first day of fall …… (GASP) SEPTEMBER 22?! – insert hard, crying emoji here.   Well, friends, we made it.  Here's to pumpkin everything season!

Don’t you find that to be true in seasons of life too? You know, you get excited about a new season of your life, a new job, marriage, serving in a new ministry position at church, having kids, watching your kids grow into new phases, or retirement, only to realize it is a lot less glamorous than you thought it up to be.  I briefly touched on seasons of life in my very first (EEK!) post.  My husband and I are in a season of discipline.  It’s where God has us right now.  Paying off debt requires discipline. Creating a healthy lifestyle requires discipline. Growing in your relationship with the Lord requires discipline (like the discipline of a warrior because you know the enemy likes to declare battles when you get serious about getting serious with the Lord).  So, we started preparing, each month for a few months we cancelled one thing that was an unnecessary bill.  We were simple to begin with, we didn’t have cable, and neither of us had Facebook (shocker, I know).  I’ll be honest, I had the thought that this was going to be pretty easybecause we weren’t enveloped in social media or entertainment.  Fast forward to a week after we cancelled Netflix, and I’m 99.9 percent sure that I was going through watching withdraws.  I told my husband how nuts I was feeling, and he shared that he was feeling the same way (whew, I wasn’t alone).  I could not believe that we were feeling that way.  I think back to that week and cringe. I sounded so pathetic. I was pathetic.  The truth is, I still am.  Why don’t I have withdraws after days of not spending time in my Father’s presence?  Friends, I’ll tell you why, because I don’t seek after Him the way I sought to watch Netflix every night after work.  That is when I realized, seasons of life are not always easy or glamorous, and ours in particular is going to be hard, and sometimes ugly, BUT it’s exactly what I need. 

As impatiently awaited Pumpkin Everything season, patiently await on the growth in my walk with the Lord, and what He will accomplish through me during this season of discipline.  This season is just what I need (as well as accountability, but that will come in another post).  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NKJV) talks about seasons, and how there is a time for everything.  No, not everything on earth is bad or sinful; however, because we don’t focus on the season we are in, we misuse the good things that God gave us, and neglect the teachings God has for us in those seasons.  I encourage you to read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.  Meditate on it.  Allow your Father in Heaven to speak to you about your season of life.  Maybe you just came out of a good one, and are headed into a hard one or vice versa.  Whatever it is, let Holy Spirit prepare your heart.   

Everything Has Its Time 
3 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: 
2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; 3 A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; 7 A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; 8 A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.

Shower Thoughts

You may or may not have giggled at the title of this post (I do every time I look at it).  Let’s be honest for a moment, shower thoughts are the clearest thoughts.  This may also happen to be the place where are all of your creative juices just shower you (pun intended).  Well, it happens to be that place for me.  So for a little while now, I would say a few months, I have been praying about what it is that I’m supposed to do in life.  To be more exact, what GOD wants me to do with the life He has given me.  For all you theologians out there, my shorter catechism answer is “I was made to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”.  Yeah, I know a thing or two about the catechism, but that is neither here nor there.  What I mean is beyond that – what was I created for? 

Growing up I would say I knew it was to be a mom, and some days I totally and completely believe that; however, three years after my (insert every mushy adjective here) husband and I decided to “leave it in God’s hands” and no children later, has me questioning that and I do not want the waiting period to go by null and void.  I want to serve my Abba Father, fully and whole heartedly.  So, last night’s shower thoughts led me to ask myself a few questions… “What am I passionate about?  What has Holy Spirit been leading me to do that I haven’t done?  (Okay, raise your hand if you’re perfect…. yeah, I don’t always listen to Holy Spirit either.)  What do I need in this season of my life?”  and I answered myself, (Oh, don’t deny it, you answer yourself in conversations with yourself too. Neither one of us are crazy.)  I’m passionate about having a passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ.  Holy Spirit has been leading me to share more of myself, more specifically what God has done in my life, where He is leading me, and the platform of suffering that has built my strength and my faith so that I may be able to share with others the crown of beauty God has given to me, instead of ashes (Isaiah 61:3).  In this season of life (another share for another time) I need brothers and sisters, I need encouragement, and motivation to stay the path The Lord has me on.  I need accountability.  Above all, I desperately need my Savior. 

Now, I ask you these same questions, what are you passionate about?  What is Holy Spirit leading you to do that you have YET to do?  What do you need in your current season of life (besides pumpkin everything because, y’all, fall is coming!)?  Seriously, take a shower, stop your fighting, and be still in God’s presence.  Psalm 46:10 in the NIV says: “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  and the HCSB translates it in a way that I love so much because this is SO me and I know it’s many of you: “Stop your fighting – and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”.  Why do we try to fight the Creator of the Earth? Cannot our fleeting minds AT LEAST remember Jeremiah 29:11 (HCSB), “For I know the plans I have for you” – this is the Lord’s declaration – “plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Let’s go back a few words …” NOT FOR DISASTER”, I’m capitalizing these words because they are vital.  My Father in Heaven did not send His only, perfect Son to die on a cross for my sins and yours (not one, not a couple, ALL of them) to plan a future that involves disaster.  Now, I know some of you are thinking that disaster has hit your life, up close, and personal but hear me, we have not a clue what true disaster is.  Just like time, God’s definition is not our definition.  We think we know but we don’t and His word promises that we won’t.  Believe with me today this truth, this promise from the One who plans to give you a future and has given us hope, Jesus Christ.

These shower thoughts are so vivid and I cannot just let them be carried off down the drain (hence, the birth of the blog).  Don’t let yours get lost either.