For Every Season …. TIME

18 Nov

It has been awhile since I last blogged but I was inspired a little over a month go to read more, not just any reading but reading about spiritual disciplines and transformation of life. I feel my spirit thirsty for more. Our associate pastor’s wife recommended reading list:

Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard
The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard
Spiritual Disciplines by Donald Whitney
Rest of God by mark Buchanan
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Reveal by Willow Creek Church
Follow Me Willow Creek Church

I am currently reading The Life You’ve Always Wanted spiritual disciplines for ordinary people by John Ortberg, which is not on the list but I found it fascinating in summary when searching for the above at the public library.

Last night I read the following which is the reason I am blogging today. Us mothers always seem to have the same complaint, so I thought I would share this with you:

Wise training will take into account our season of life….

A mother suggested that it was easier for her to “work on her spiritual life” before she was a mom. To her, reading the Bible and praying were the only 2 activities that counted spiritually. As a mother she felt that “time alone” was an oxymoron. She had never been taught to see that caring for two young children, offered daily with expressions of gratitude and prayers for help and patient acceptance of trials, might become a kind of school for transformation into powerful servanthood beyond anything she had ever known. Some how having a “quiet time” counted toward spiritual devotion, and caring for two children did not.
It took creative effort for this mother to carve out time for solitude and stillness, and even then she could not free in the amount of time she had before children. But as a mother she had new opportunities for growth she did not have back then.
Our season of life— whatever it is — is no barrier to having Christ formed in us. Whatever our season of life it offers its own opportunities and challenges for spiritual growth. Instead of wishing we were in another season we ought to find out what this one we are currently in right now has to offer.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 A Time for Everything

1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

It is so good to know that no matter what season I am in .. I can take a hold of God’s promises!

Blessings & Giggles to you & yours,

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