Hello Ladies! I hope that everything is off to a great start this month for you all. I have really been praying and studying on what to talk about for the beginning of the month and I decided to talk about how we deal with the seasons of life. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." I think it is very important for us to understand the season of life we are in and the amazing purpose behind each, even the rough seasons.
Breakthrough Season "Blessings are constantly flowing in"
This is almost everyone's favorite season! This is when we are starting to see all of our prayers being answered and a lot of things are working in our favor. This is a time where you are able to spend more on the things you really want, receive a increase in pay on your job, you have a new significant other, or any of the things that you have been really wanting has come to past. You start to see a little more money in your bank account than usual, you are enjoying life to the fullest, and honestly it does not seem like there is anything to complain about. These are seasons to be grateful for, because even though we are always considered blessed, not many are able to have what we have. The purpose behind the Breakthrough Season is for us to see God's promises manifest, to bless others (we are blessed to be a blessing), and give God another chance to show how faithful He is when we are obedient. Although the Breakthrough Season is amazing there are some things we want to be careful not to do during this season.
1. Do not stop praying, studying the word, attending church, or serving others.
2. Do not stop giving your tithes and offerings. Remember we are only stewards (managers) over the things God gives us, including money. Give God what is His no matter what financial situation you find yourself in.
3. Do not stop giving or helping others. We are blessed to be a blessing to others. It is always better to give than receive.
4. Do not become prideful, believing that your recent blessings are of your own doing. Stay as humble as you were when you did not have anything. Pride only brings on destruction.
5. Never stop giving thanks to God! All we have comes from Him. No matter what season you may find yourself in, always give thanks to God.
Silent Season "Where are you God?"
The Silent Season can be very tough to get through and at times this is the season that makes or breaks a lot of people. During this season life can seem very mediocre. We cannot complain, but we still feel that something is missing. We pray and we pray, feeling as if God is just not listening or speaking to us. Our job pays our bills, but we really do not like what we do. This is usually what many call, "just going through the motions." The reason I say that this season can make or break someone is because when we feel we are not hearing from God, it is easier for temptation to start talking to us. We begin to seek excitement from the wrong things. For us ladies, this is the time where we contact an old boo or we go clubbing because, "we have'nt been out in awhile." There is a plethora of things that will seem so tempting for us to do, but we must remain steadfast and stay on the right track.
Following the Silent Season can either be a Breakthrough Season or a Rough Season. Either way, we need to be prepared for both. During your Silent Season study your word and keep being obedient to God. There is no set duration for our Silent Season it can easily be a week, month, or year. Please do not use this time doing nothing, because that is when we become stagnant and we see no change. Use all of your time wisely and this is an even better time to serve. If you can help someone, use this time to do so. If your Rough Season is up next, then because of your kindness and your ability to serve, God will definitely send people in your path to help you in your time of need. Do not let negativity creep in and allow you start doubting what you believe in or the future goals you have. Speak positive over your life, because your words have power. The purpose of your Silent Season is for preparation, as if you are getting ready to go to war.
Rough Season "Can life get any worse?"
This is the Season that no one likes and many find themselves in for years and years. It can be one of the hardest seasons, but it is one of the most important seasons of our life. This is the season where nothing seems to be going right at all. Marriages are failing, relationships are failing, families are becoming broken, and there seems to be little to no hope surfacing around you. You may have lost a loved one, had a miscarriage, had to leave school, lost your job, or even became very ill. There are 5 very important things to know about this season.
1. It is UNAVOIDABLE. The Bible describes for us in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 that there will be times of death, silence, hatred, war, killing and so much more. We have to understand that Jesus was blameless and perfect and He was crucified, so who are we to not have to endure trials and tribulations throughout life as well. In Isaiah it says, "No weapon formed against us shall prosper." It said it shall not prosper, not that weapons would never form against us.
2. It is UNPREDICTABLE. We cannot predict the things that will occur in our life. All we can do is trust that for whatever reason things will come, but the most amazing thing about them all is that God has already gave us victory over the situation. We just have to trust Him through the process and do not let our Faith go because we are going through a hard time.
3. It is UNBIASED. That means it happens to everyone! It may seem that people are living the perfect life while you are going through your storm, but understand everyone will go through trials and tribulations. Many may not talk or publicize their storms, but we all have them. No one person on this earth is exempt from them, not even the richest or wisest man/woman.
4. It is TEMPORARY. This should be a relief for many, because rough times do not last forever. If we are obedient, do not lose our Faith, and find Joy and contentment even in the worst of times we will outlast the rough times. Galatians 6:9 says, "Let us not become weary in well doing, for in due season (Breakthrough Season) we shall reap, if we faint not." However, where many fail, is they faint. They let the rough times cause them to change who they are, their morals, and their obedience. They grow weary in doing well and watching others who do bad succeed. The grow tired of waiting on God and they decide to take matters into their own hand. Ladies we have to lean on each other during these times and build one another up. This season grows our Faith and equips us for anything that life can through at us. During your weary and tiring times lean on someone, email me if you have to. Your sisters in Christ are here to help you. Proverbs 17:17 says, "A friend loves at all times, and a brother (sister in our case) is built for a time of adversity." The definition of adversity is difficulties and misfortune. That is what were here for ladies, to be there for each other in times of adversity. We are there to let each other know that God has already given us the victory, so we just need to lean on and help each other until we cross the finish line.
5. It is PURPOSEFUL. We need hard times to appreciate the great times even more. We need hard times to build our Faith, to learn how to fully surrender to God, and to gain experience and testimonies that will help someone you meet in the future. There has never been a time I had to endure something that I did not have to use that experience to help someone else. On a job application they ask, "What experience do you have that qualifies you for this job?" God is using our experiences to qualify us for the purpose He called us to fulfill. God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the Called. The ones He has given a purpose and are willing to stick by His side while He brings us to our Destiny.
Things that I really want each of you to remember is to keep your Faith and when it is falling, lean on someone, do not be afraid to ask for help. Remember that God always wins and we are on the winning side as His children. Lastly, no matter what season you are in please find Joy in God's word. Find something to be grateful about during the best of times and the worst of times.
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Have a great week and as always I will be praying for each and every one of you! - Love, Rissa
Clarissa C. Burton, M.S.W
Devoted to guiding others toward living a life they don't need a vacation from.