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Seek-by-Holley-Gerth

You could do the easy thing, which would be just to recklessly charge ahead with whatever you think you want. You could skip the questions and fill in the blanks for yourself. You could pick a solution and make it happen on your own.

But you don’t. You wait, you pray, you ask. Instead of simply doing what you want, you seek what God wills. You show true humility by letting others be part of your journey. You keep your eyes and heart open to whatever it may be that God wants to share with you.

And because of that, your path is one that helps others find their way too. Do you know that? It’s true. The steps you take lead to Jesus. Oh, sure, it may seem as if there are sometimes delays or detours. But in the end you always go to him and go with him, and that is a beautiful, powerful thing.

So keep seeking, sister. See your questions not as a reason for guilt but as evidence that you really want to know the truth. See your searching as a pursuit of the One who loves for you to chase hard after his heart. See your uncertainty as something that helps you search out the only One who is unchanging forever.

Keep walking toward him.

Keep walking with him.

Keep seeking.

You’ll always find what you’re looking for in the end.

Because you’re really always looking for him.

(inspired by Jer. 29:13; John 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:9–10 and adapted from If We Could Have Coffee…{ebook})

http://holleygerth.com/free-words/ 

Editors Note:   The above artwork and inspirational words are an excerpt from a blog written by Holley Gerth and both are copied with her permission.   Holly’s timely words provide a great introduction to our Fall Given the Time theme which begins tomorrow and is entitled I have a God Question!   

 

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Luke 2:40 says of Jesus, “The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” It is God’s desire that we all grow up, not only in age but in wisdom and grace.

We begin a life of transition at birth, think of all the changes that occur in the first 2 years of life. Probably the first set of changes we remember well has to do with school. I was always excited for the first day of school but it also came with trepidation. Who would be my teacher, who would be in my class, who was new or who had moved over the summer? Then of course we had the changes that came with moving up in the school system from elementary to middle school, on to high school and college. For many college also meant living away from home, another first.

We as parents, grandparents, aunts and friends can help those younger to make those transitions with grace. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  These words encourage us, but they can also help our kids as they transition in to their school year.

 

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Retirement!  I have heard it described as “twice as much husband and half as much money.”  This is the season my husband and I are preparing to enter. We have planned financially for almost 4 decades and now we are counting down the months to this exciting transition. We think we are prepared.  My husband has talked with a financial advisor at work and we are picking the brains of those who have traversed this path before us.  But even transitions we plan and are excited about can also be a little unsettling.

Many have faced some of the most intimidating transitions of all, the loss of their health, the health of their spouse, or the passing of their spouse. I will be honest and say these three potentials are the ones that are the most uncomfortable for me to think about.

Wherever we are on our journey, we need to remember:

“’For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,’
declares the Lord.
‘As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.'”

Is. 55:8-9

Regardless of the changes and transitions we face, we can trust Him for He is trustworthy.

Father, thank You that You never leave or forsake us especially in our seasons of transition when we so desperately need You. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

 

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The Empty Nest!  These are words that have wreaked havoc in marriages and put fear in the heart of the strongest woman. As a woman who has “been there and done that,” I can vouch for how challenging this time of transition can be.  But why does this transition sometimes have such a devastating impact on our marriages? Too many times we have invested into the lives of our children at the expense of our marriage. I believe the Biblical teaching of our priorities to be in this order: Jesus first, then my husband, followed by our kids.

Our goal, and it is a worthy goal, is to raise spiritually mature adults who love the Lord. We want them to be responsible and contributing members of society. Please don’t tune out! I didn’t say this would be without some hard times or without some of us experiencing children who wander off for a time. Our oldest daughter rebelled and walked a hard road for some years, now she is walking with and serving the Lord. Our youngest daughter is struggling spiritually, with trusting the inerrant truth of Scripture. But I take great encouragement from Isaiah 30:13, “’And as for Me, this is My covenant with them,’ says the Lord: ‘My Spirit which is upon you and my words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor form the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,’ says the Lord, ‘from now and forever.’” This passage is dated in my Bible for our oldest daughter and we have seen the Lord faithful in her life.  It is also dated for our youngest daughter, and we are eager for the day of its fulfillment in her life.

But with that being said, we will be with our spouse until death parts us but our children are only ours for a season as the Nest Empties.  My words of encouragement are this:  Embrace the empty nest and the potential excitement of being just two once again.

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I have known numerous women who have fought the battle of infertility and my heart goes out to you. I thank you for your love and investment into the lives of the children God has placed in your life. You are some of the most precious “aunties” these children will ever have, because you are aunties by love and God’s grace.

I was 23 when I gave birth to our first daughter. Let me preface with I was not raised around kids, I had no idea what a transition parenting would be. I didn’t know they came home from the hospital doing only three things, eating, relieving themselves and staying awake most of the night. This was a time of exhaustion because I felt I had to do all my chores while she slept during the day (I wised up on number two, I slept when she slept and if the house didn’t get dusted, so what).

We are given a great responsibility when God places children in our lives, whether we have given birth, adopted, we are auntie or work with kids in some capacity.

“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.

You shall teach them diligently to your sons

and shall talk with them when you sit in your house

and when you walk by the way

and when you lie down and when you rise up.”

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

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Marriage should be listed in the thesaurus with the word transition! Those who are married can likely take a stroll down memory lane with me. I only saw the romantic side of marriage and the changes I saw coming had more to do with physical aspect of where we would live, where we would spend the holidays and so forth. Let me be honest and say I did not anticipate the transition that came with everyday life and the adjustment of living with someone who also did not anticipate how huge the transition would be. And to be perfectly honest, I did not see the need to change, so he would have to do all the changing.

Guess what? After almost 40 years we are still transitioning! We are best friends and blessed beyond what we could have ever imagined. If you are in a situation where marriage is hard right now,  let me encourage you to seek counsel. Marriage counseling saved our marriage 32 years ago and I will be forever grateful for those who cared enough to invest in us.

“For if either of them falls,

the one will lift up his companion.”

Ecclesiastes 4:10 a

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“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’

declares the Lord,

‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

plans to give you hope and a future.'”

Jeremiah 29:11

 

In the coming weeks we are talking about transitions. Webster’s dictionary defines transition, “to change from one state or condition to another.”

Okay why did that word “change” have to come in!

I believe, for most of us, even positive change and change that we instigate can be difficult. Well, transitions can also be a time of joy and sorrow as we adapt to the new normal. Oh, yeah, just be sure you don’t get too comfortable because the next transition or change is probably just around the corner.  But that is where other women, like here at Given the Time and in our various circles wherever God has planted us, can bring words of encouragement to help us through transition in healthy and positive ways.

Father, I pray you will be with each of us as we adjust to the constant state of transition or change that comes with life. You are our comfort and Your plans for us are good (Jeremiah 29:11). Help us to embrace You and with confidence trust You as You move us through the transitions of life. In Jesus name, Amen.

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