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Seasons come and seasons go

Seasons come and seasons go. It seems easy when we consider seasons in terms of the weather, but when it comes to seasons of life it’s downright hard. There is nothing easy about change. It can be exciting and exhilarating, but there’s something comforting about the familiar parts and places of life.

Then there’s the unfamiliar. You know, the seasons of life that don’t feel cozy – the ones when marriage isn’t feeling happily ever after or when the children don’t act like they’ve ever been taught to obey. The moments in life when illness or financial strain seep so deeply into every part of life that you can’t even perform your daily tasks because life is in the way. The time when you experience a sudden loss of a loved one, a negative report from the doctor. It’s the times when God calls you outside of your normal and everything He instructs you to do is different than anything you’ve ever done before.

When things are unfamiliar and change makes you wonder what God is doing, here are a few things to remember:

God created the new steps. When  unsettled feeling starts creeping in, remember God already knew the steps you would walk and exactly how it would feel, sound, and be. He knows every struggle you will face in your family and life.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your waysand my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 God directs every step. It’s our job to follow.

Sometimes obedience is against everything we want. It doesn’t add up, make sense, or seem clear, but it’s right. God knows where you should go and what it will look like as you take that leap. He knows the way you will hesitate, wonder, and feel a bit uneasy.

It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8

God is with you each step of the way. Sometimes when you step out on faith it feels like the next step is too far in the distance and fear steps in. A lack of faith grasps our hearts making us panic before our toes slowly land on the next stair. When we forget God is there, it’s easy to be afraid, but God is there. He is with us every single step of the way.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

God knew we would fear, so He gives us His Word to encourage our trembling hearts.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. 1st Thessalonians 5:24

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. Psalm 56:3

Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me. Psalm 119:133

Comforting thought for the week

If you’re feeling a bit uneasy as you take the steps God is directing or if everything in your life is changing, be encouraged today to keep on stepping!

God has walked these steps before me and my family and He’s walked with us time and time again. Though we never could have imagined the steps God has directed, it’s a beautiful journey of God’s divine direction, purpose, and provision.

God has a purpose for every step. If it’s feeling unfamiliar and a bit uncertain, just keep stepping. God is with you and He created the steps, directs the steps, is with you through each step, and knows every question, fear, and uneasy feeling you face. Keep on stepping! God is with you!