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A Time For Everything

This Weeks Blog comes from my niece Sarah Mooneyham.  She is a high school graduate who is enrolling at Lee University in Cleveland, TN this Fall.   I hope that you enjoy an IN-SEASON WORD.

Shalom, everyone! Welcome to “Sarah’s Stories”. If there is anything I have learned recently, it is that there is a time for everything, a purpose for all things. This lesson has encouraged me in my ever-changing world, and I pray that it uplifts you as well.

Over the past year & a half, I have tried to understand the world around me; however, my attempt to reach new depths of knowledge only sent my life spiraling towards chaos.
My mind became a battlefield for wars of overthinking & led to anxiety, negligence, & apathy, and when I tried to understand His will, I became the person I wanted to be not who God was creating. Soon, I found that true freedom lies in only understanding one thing: God knows what He is doing.
This realization allowed me to grow, truly pursue the will of the Lord, & seek the holiness of the Lord in all circumstances. I learned that every season is different, but every season should be devoted to God for us to see spiritual growth.
Some seasons are harder than others; that is why it is rewarding to step into a new season of life when it is in God’s will. Our Father has orchestrated every moment of our lives, and when He creates a doorway into a different chapter of our stories, we are meant to go through it.
But, many believers are too busy praying for a new season to realize the beauty of the season in which they live. I, for example, have prayed and pleaded with God for a new season of success in my life and became discouraged when I stayed where I was, but what I did not see was the growth in waiting, the preparation in failure, and the sanctification in loneliness.

For every discouraging season of life, a joyful one is around the corner, but success can not linger forever & that is okay. We can have peace in our shifting seasons because of our heavenly hope. This world is fleeting; eternity in Heaven is our true goal, the only place where constant perfection is guaranteed.
Moreover, King Solomon depicts the necessity for every emotion & circumstance on this side of eternity:
a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:6-8
Solomon teaches us that every part of our humanity must be expressed in moderation, wisdom, & the will of the Lord.
His name itself is a picture of how we must think to serve God well. Solomon means “peace” (& is derived from shalom), and this king was known for his wisdom, joy and, prosperous kingdom.
David’s son’s nature shows believers how to thrive in the kingdom of God: have peace from the wisdom of God and have joy from understanding that He is good, blesses us, and chooses us to lead lives that will further His kingdom.
Every season of our lives has a purpose; no moment goes unused. Jesus Christ “works for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Throughout His word, God proves that He is with us in every season, every change, every waiting, everything. No matter what we face, God gives us the strength, wisdom, & peace to grow & prosper.