Mmmm... fall is here! Can I sing it from the roof? Shout it from the hill-tops? If I could get to either of those places I just might do so. These fall/winter months are my favorites, always have been, especially as they lead up to the holiday season. And I love the word "season". It may sound silly or poetic, take your pick, but I really do love it. In some ways, the idea of seasons changing brings nostalgia and a bittersweetness. It signifies that something is finishing and another is beginning. Or in some cases, I find myself in the midst of a season, unsure of the start or end. Either way, I love the thought.
Even so, as much as I love it, sometimes I find myself feeling trapped. Yes, trapped in this idea, this lofty notion of a "season of life" that I may or may not have chosen. Lately, that is where I've been sitting. In the middle of a season, curious about the next and unsure what to do now. I don't like any of the labels I have placed on my season, but with a little prayer and a lot of rejoicing, I am declaring a truth and hope over this season, and I hope you'll join me.
My season is a season of fruitfulness!
The first time I wrote it out, I put "My season is going to be a season of fruitfulness." The [backspace] button was promptly punched, and my declaration made more firm. More adamant. More NOW. No matter how I am feeling or what I think I'm dragging myself through, I declare that this time is fruitful, meaningful, and valuable. It is not simply a stepping stone or a waiting period, it is exactly where I am meant to be right now, and I want to make the most of it.
As I have been reflecting on my blog and its purpose, I came across a study I planned to do this summer but did not make the time for. I felt very clearly encouraged to do a study on the fruit of the Spirit but never got to it. Therefore, NOW IS THE TIME! And I hope you'll join me :)
There are 9 weeks left in the year, and during those weeks I will be studying and sharing about the fruit of the Spirit and what they mean in my season. Please feel free --and encouraged!-- to read and study along, or on your own, and ask the Lord what He wants to teach you about these fruit in your season. Together, let's cultivate them! Let's prayerfully and actively seek these fruit, these promised gifts from the Lord, and see how our lives are transformed.
Instead of sitting stuck-in-a-rut, fretting over the lables I am tempted to put on my life, I CHOOSE fruitfulness! I choose to say yes to Jesus and seek His will for today. Tomorrow will worry plenty about itself. Today we can choose His gifts. Today I choose to put on and walk in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Let's honor Him and do it together, shall we?
I stumbled cross this quote yesterday, and it struck a chord in my heart, singing exactly the song I needed to hear.
"To be brutally honest, it doesn't really matter what place you find yourself in right now. Your part is to bring Him glory whether eating a sandwich on a lunch break, drinking coffee at 12:04am so you can stay awake to study, or watching your four month old take a nap."
Bam! Wherever you are, be it reading at Starbucks, killing time in line at the grocery store, relaxing with family, or hurrying from one job to the next, He sees you. He loves you. He knows you. And He wants a relationship with you. He, as a generous Father, has promised good things to His children, and among them are the gifts of the Spirit. As you walk closer to Him and seek to abide in Him, these are the overflow. Some come naturally, and some are a harder process, but each is important as is the journey to them. Trust Him, seek Him, and they will come.
Check back in on Tuesday for the first week in A Season of Fruitfulness: Self-Control. Ha! When I decided to go backwards I did not realize how hard-hitting the first topic is to me these days. Boy oh boy, this is gonna be fun! Feel free to snag the breakdown below if you want to join in. I cannot wait to see what's in store for us over these next 9 weeks. Praying for fresh revelations in the Word, rest in the Father, and the chance to rejoice together.