I am learning to breathe in a new season of life. Over my life time, to date, I have lived through several different seasons. I am not referring to winter, spring, summer and fall. I am talking about seasons of life. I have lived through seasons of grief, joy, sadness, worry, happiness, and fear to name a few. Today my season is adaption.
We are blessed to have two children living at home still. However, they are learning to become adults in this world and their schooling and jobs take them away from home throughout the week. I find myself at home alone during those periods. This is a new season for me and I am working on adapting to it.
Life is full of different seasons. Some of those seasons we may even repeat. With each season we live through, we have to learn to breathe anew. Whether its going from being single to being married, or going from being just the two of you to three of you, or going from having your parents around to letting them go, or going through a job change, its all new seasons of life to walk through. Each one carrying with it lessons to grow us up in the Lord and strengthen our faith in Him. Even those seasons we might repeat, God is always sanctifying us as his children.
So, how do we learn to breathe through each season we live through?
1. We get on our knees. “And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1) Prayer is a powerful tool for the Christian. Coming before the Lord and laying all we have at His feet and seeking wisdom is one of the best things we can do in every season of life. We turn it over to Him and let Him lead the way.
2. We accept the will of God for us. “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:17) God’s will for us is perfect for us. His will, the sovereign design of all things, is always best for us, even the trials we endure. He has a purpose for our sanctification and that is to be more like Christ.
3. We rely on God’s strength and not our own. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped.” (Psalm 28:7) All seasons of life will challenge us in some way. Being a wife, a mother, gaining a new friend, going to a new church, suffering a loss of loved one, etc., require strength to endure. Strength found in ourselves will fail because we are weak but strength found in our Lord will prevail because He is faithful. He will help us in each season of life we live through.
4. We trust the plan for our lives. “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!” (Psalm 143:10) The Lord has a purpose and plan for our lives. He is intentional and sovereign over every detail. We can walk through our time on this earth knowing that each season is not in vain. God is working in us to further our growth in our faith in Jesus Christ. We just need to trust Him and what He is doing.
5. We understand that seasons will change and bring new challenges. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Being aware that life brings us different seasons is important in helping us grasp how to breathe through each one. Embracing each new season is way better than fighting it. We need to let the Lord do His work in us for our good and His glory.
6. We view each season as a time to grow spiritually. “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity.” (Hebrews 6:1) Believe it or not, every season we breathe through grows us spiritually. We do not experience our seasons in vain. God is purposeful and desires us to be more like His Son. “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.” (Romans 8:29)
7. We walk with a grateful heart. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) This shouldn’t need much explaining. A grateful heart always puts a different perspective on our seasons in life. It is a form of worship. It celebrates the greatness and graciousness of God and a grateful heart helps keep us from feeling negative emotions like resentment, bitterness or anger to name a few.
Seasons of life become much more bearable and joy-filled when we seek and rely on the Lord and not ourselves. Whatever season we are in today, it is my prayer we will seek our God and His will through prayer, trust His well designed plan for our lives and understand we will grow and change, aiming to become more Christ-like, while expressing gratitude along the way.
Are you learning to breathe through a new season of life?
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