Funky Part 2: Create

Hello everyone! I’m SO EXCITED to share this next post and introduce you to one of my mentors , Terry Murillo! I’ve been inspired and encouraged by Terry since I was 15 years old, and I am beyond thrilled to have her as a contributor in this series.

There is something special about hearing the point, “Create during Funky Seasons”, especially when it’s brought to us by someone who truly lives this message and speaks life to people daily. What’s even better? This message incorporates one of my favorite subjects- the creative arts! Enjoy!-liz

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You Are Creative
Are you that person that is continually saying “I am not creative”?
I am here to encourage you otherwise.
In the book of Genesis, chapter one verses 1-27, we read how God is a creative God, and that we are made in His image.

His creativity doesn’t stop at creation week, nor is His technique limited to just verbal. In Jeremiah, He is a potter:

In Psalms, He is a knitter:


We must know full well that we have been given talents. Talents connect us to God, others and even ourselves.
I know we are not all artists, but I truly believe that we are all creative. I think the issue is we tend to confuse the word creative with artsy.

You see there are actually eight different ways we live out our creativity, they are known as Creative Intelligence:

Spatial– drawing, painting, web-design, cooking
Social– conversations, things that build relationship
Musical– concerts, karaoke, playing an instrument, dancing
Bodily– sports, any form of moving, reading body language
Logical– using numbers, schedules, budgets, apps
Intrapersonal– journaling, self-help books, meditation
Naturalistic– gardening, walks outside of a busy city, going barefoot, zoo’s, beaches
Verbal– story telling, essay writing, interviews, podcasts

God has given us all eight, just like we speak all five love languages, but there is one or two we tend to gravitate to more.

Let me tell you about my two friends; Risk and Routine.
Sometimes risk puts us in a rut and we need routine to get us out. But sometimes, routine puts us in a rut and we need risk to get us out.

What if in 2019 you choose to revisit an area you may have put on hold, due to routine?

In October, my mom sent me a picture of a sketch I did while studying fashion in high school. Little did she know, a few days prior the Lord was telling me to revisit my passion for fashion. I had done some t-shirt designs over the years that did pretty well so receiving that text was a confirmation to put a name on it and make it official. I designed a logo and announced a soft launch of WVN Apparel. A few weeks later I saw a contest requesting dress designs for the 2019 Dressember campaign. They are a non-profit organization fighting to end human trafficking. Without hesitation, I pulled out a sketch pad, drew out three ideas, took pictures of them and entered the contest. I didn’t even tell my family. On Christmas Eve I received an email, my dress made it to the top 4 and voters would determine the winner. Then on January 2nd I received the email that my dress had won by a wide margin. My dress will be available for purchase in the fall.

It’s a good thing our talents don’t have expiration dates.

Another option you can choose is to explore a totally uncomfortable creative outlet. I am choosing, bodily. I am being intentional about moving more and looking for creative outlets to do this.
Let’s say you choose music, start with listening to it more often, maybe explore a new genre, maybe make karaoke the end goal.

Or what if you choose to give to others the knowledge of your talents. My daughter Bethany is studying film and raising money to go to Spain this year to minister through the arts.

The idea is, whatever it is you choose to do, whether in a career/ministry or just for downtime, set out do it in a creative way. Begin each day asking the Lord for a dose of creativity.

I pray you see yourself as creative, if you didn’t already. And if you did, I pray you stretch your creative intelligence. -T


Meet Terry: I was born in New Mexico, raised in Denver and my favorite place I have lived is Hawaii (duh):). If I had to pick just two action words to describe me they would be teacher & maker, actually my son chose them, but yeah very accurate. I have to work at shutting those off. This year marks 30 chapters into my forever love story with Johnny, whom I met in College. We are so proud of our 3 adult children, our daughter-in-love and future son-in-love. After 20 years of full-time ministry, God sent us to Hollywood 10 years ago. We run a production company and believe that Hollywood is a Ninevah, not Sodom & Gomorrah. After 27 years of homeschooling I am slowly coming into my next. Connect with our family on Instagram @terrylouise_ifyouplease and @socalmurillos.

The One and Only Terry!

It’s Liz again:), what an incredible message on how to create while in the midst of funky seasons! A huge THANK YOU to Terry for sharing with us today! I am personally challenged and inspired to try new creative mediums. What will you choose to try? What creative gifts do you feel rising to the surface? I hope you’ll share them with us in the comments below!

I also wanted to share an opportunity to empower someone to use and share their creative gifts. As Terry mentioned, her daughter Bethany is a college student and will be heading to Spain to minister through the creative arts. This is going to be such an amazing opportunity for her and her team! If you would like to invest in Bethany’s upcoming trip, please click here.

Thank you everyone for checking out the blog today! The encouragement from this series is gonna stick with us- I just know it! peace-liz

Go the Extra Mile: Check out this brilliant song that is a new fave of mine! I hope it encourages you today!

New Series: Funky

Hey everyone! As promised, the new series officially kicks off today! I’m excited to share this journey with you:). As I mentioned in the last post, the last few months of 2018 had me feeling like I was in a funk.

I knew that I couldn’t have been the only one experiencing this, and as it turns out, I wasn’t. In this new series, I want to offer us some hope – in the midst of the funk we may be feeling, we can place rhythms and routines into our life that help us stay connected in community, and more importantly, connected to Our Creator. We may be walking through seasons of feeling “off”, but we don’t have to navigate the journey by ourselves. In fact, we shouldn’t try to do it alone.

One routine I firmly believe in: Visiting Others. I know, it sounds too simple to start with just visiting an encouraing friend, but trust me. the power of a visit impacts further than we can imagine.

This past year was a learning year for me and my family. One constant that I can recall though: we had some great visits with friends:). Family and friends made their way to come see us and explore our new surroundings, and we were able to go visit friends and family and share in some deep conversations and of course…coffee:). Meals were prepared together, laughter and jokes filled rooms, hugs and more hugs filled the doorways. And in the midst of navigating the funkiness inside, I was reminded of the power of sharing time with others. Each visit uplifted us, encouraged us, and even challenged us to keep growing. Each visit also sent a message loud and clear- we had people who loved us and took time to share with us and even pray for us. Whether it was one hour or one week, we spent time visiting with each other and it was a blessing.

Friend, do you know that you are loved in the midst of your “off” seasons? You are. Do you know that spending time with those who love you can brighten your day and stir up hope in your heart? It can. You don’t have to try and navigate the difficult times alone- because when we make time to visit with life-giving people, the ones who get us and understand us, we can soak up the encouragement that God provides through our sweet time together. Does visiting people solve all of our issues? Nope. Will sharing time with others eliminate difficulty? Not at all. However, the encouragement we experience within those visits can refresh our spirits when we need it most.

Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, You see us and You know us-inside and out. All of our thoughts and experiences are before You. And in those times where our mind doesn’t quite know how to process the tough and funky spots we are navigating, we ask You to shine the light of Your Word into us so that we can see how to process and proceed. We thank You Lord, for surrounding us with Your love, and for placing us into our communities. We take comfort today as we remember that we are never alone on our journey of life. You promised to be with us, and You’ve surrounded us with others who want to encourage us and build us up. Thank You Lord for those times that we are able to spend with others, remembering Your truths and Your purposes for us. Thank You for providing us with times of refreshing when we need it God. We ask that You would help us to also be people that refresh those around us. You are so kind Lord, and we choose to remember Your goodness and faithfulness even in these funky seasons of life. Amen.

Go The Extra Mile: Friends, we are gonna talk more about sharing life with others in another installment of this series, so I encourage you, check back for the latest posts. In the meantime, check out this song as we kick-off the new series and be encouraged today!

peace-liz

New & New

I would say 2018 was the Year of the Father: in commercials and print, events in community (yay Olympics!) and in songs, in all forms of media, there were underlying messages of a supportive father who cared for his children. I truly believe this was a direct display and attention-getter of our Heavenly Father- He is always cheering for us, engaged and uplifting us, offering strength and even correction, tenderness and mercy, love and compassion, instruction and support.

Looking back at my 2018, a big portion of my year included a lot of new changes: New home, new church, new schools, new stores, new community, new routines, new atmospheric biome, *insert deep breath here*, new drs, new neighbors, new team, new sports, new, new, new, new, new. As I sit back and reflect on the year as whole, I also see a couple months that were clouded by this hovering “funk” (hint for our new series!). Times and seasons where I would normally be full of joy, excitement, and energy, that seemed cloudy, hazy, and even difficult to navigate. Not because of discontentment, or discouragement, but just because of learning how to process all this this “new” in a whole new way apart from what was familiar.

Time after time, I saw God faithfully step into the role of that Father, who was supportive, encouraging, instructional, and tenderly merciful through each step. For me, it truly was the Year of the Father.

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You see, sometimes I think we are very good at doing so much in life and being busy with checklists and appointments and stuff, that we don’t slow down to process all the new information. Much like a computer needs to shut down and restart in order to update with the latest software, I needed to slow down and shut down the lies of the enemy in order to restart afresh and efficiently process my new life with Christ.

You may have already guessed it, my push-word for the New Year is : Slow.

While everyone else’s push-word may be a little more declarative or flashy, like, “Dominate, Radiate, Inspire, etc,…mine is declarative to me. My word reminds me that I have to make time for myself and for the things in this life that are priorities to me. Almost all of which are not things, but people, places, and designated rhythms and times. Slowing down enables me to savor each moment, each morsel, and each meaningful conversation. Slowing down my mind allows me to refocus on what is good and true. Becoming slower in speech allows me to connect more with those speaking to me, and allows me to listen better as well.

Friends, I’ve been a little too silent these past few weeks as I have been planning and preparing for this year on the blog, but please know that I haven’t been far removed in my thoughts towards you. I’ve been asking God what this year looks like for us in our messages, and who we (you and me) need to hear from. You’ll be excited to see some familiar guests on the blog in this new year, and I know you’ll enjoy hearing from the new faces and friends coming our way:).

So as we close up today, I want to begin our new year by asking you all to share your push-words for the new year. Share them in the comments, ask your friends to hop on and share too- because this new year will be so much better when we realize we are not traveling this faith journey alone.

Let’s Pray: God, I thank You that through every year of our lives, You are faithful. You have been faithful in the years behind us and you will be faithful in the years ahead. Help us to hold fast to the truth that You will never leave us or forsake us, but promise to be with us to the end of the age. We know that You are with us in the highs and lows of each season- You are present at every lesson learned, every victory, and every time we feel like we are completely blowing it. Lord, we dedicate this next year of our lives to You- all 525,600 minutes of it are Yours. Help us to grow together this year in our relationship with You and with others, so that we can make this world a better place. Amen.

peace-Liz

Go The Extra Mile: Check out this great song from one of my absolute favorite Switchfoot and be encouraged!

2019

Happy New Year Everyone!

I just had to encourage you that this new year will bring many wonderful things our way.

New chances for us to grow and develop. New adventures for us to embark on. And new opportunities to spend time with God.

New is new. New has never been done before. New is fresh and full of life. New…it’s sounds so good to me.

I wanted you to know that you are not alone as we say farewell to 2018 and as we embrace 2019. We’re in this together, you & me. And I, for one, wouldn’t have it any other way.

May you have a blessed beginning to your New Year, and may this new year hold beautiful chances for change, and awesome adventures for growing in our love for God and others!

Peace-liz

Merry Christmas One & All!

Happy Christmas morning everyone! Wherever you find yourself today, please know that I am thankful for the gift of YOU!!!This year on the blog has been one of growth and I’ve been beyond blessed to share the journey with you.

May this Christmas be a reminder that you are seen, you are heard, and you are loved❤️.

From my family to yours, we wish you the most beautiful Christmas. May you gather with friends and family near and far, and may you take time to express your love and thankfulness for the gift of each other’s presence.

Today we are celebrating the gift of hope and peace eternal, all because of the gift of Jesus…a baby born for the salvation of all mankind.

Lots of love and peace to you blog family! -Liz, Josh, Lianna, Talia, & Toby Trujillo

“For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:6‬ ‭CSB‬‬

Necessary Seasons: Spring

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Spring was always a weird season for me when I was young. On one hand, I was riding the high of Christmas break and on the other hand, I lamented going back to school for a whole semester with only the respite of spring break. I associated it with waiting for Summer, waiting to sleeping in seven days a week. Reflecting on that now, I realize I was hoping for what was to come.

One spring it was the excitement of buying a golf pass so my cousin and I could play at Lincoln Park and Tiara Rado every day. In the interest of full disclosure, I don’t think we came anywhere near to playing every day… but it was a lot!

Another Spring, it was the excitement of going to Big Surf and going down the huge slide and spending 5 bucks at the arcade (I always played Battlezone)…

The week long trip to the Grand Mesa where we would fish at Waterdog or Sunset and hang out with cousins..

The back to school trip to Denver to buy school clothes (we were fancy like that)…

Playing paintball and immediately regretting that decision when I was hit point blank in the back (thanks Kenny)…

Spending the evening at Aladdin’s Castle for the all- you- can- play events that were held after Mesa Mall closed…

Seeing movies at the local theater at 1:00 a.m. because our friend worked there and was making sure the new movie was spliced together properly.

That is what the season of Spring reminds me of; it’s how all these things would capture my thoughts… and they all boiled down to one thing:

Hope.

Spring is Hope.

The hope of finishing the school year. The hope of a great time in the future… and Hope is what keeps me going when I feel like I have been waiting for the good things to come.

Spring is that time of year when everything is being prepared. The long winter is over and we need to get ready for the fruitful growing season.

Unfortunately, I often find myself being stuck-frozen in the winter; not fully grasping or comprehending something amazing God may have in store.

What future thing has us holding onto hope? Are we getting ready for it? Have we laid the groundwork for it to happen? Is it a hope in something temporal or eternal? Are we placing it in some “thing”, or does our hope have its basis in the One who is the origin of all things Good, True, and Holy?

In the bible there are so many places where the text reminds us to take action, to have hope, and to place that hope on the eternal rock:

 “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” (Romans 8:25 NIV)

“Praise be to the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”     (1 Peter 1:3 NIV)

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV)

I love that.

Where do we find ourselves today?  Are we getting ready for goodness and holding tightly to hope? Where are we choosing to place our hope today?

 “And so, LORD, where do I put my HOPE? My only hope is in You.” (Psalms 39:7 NLT)

I couldn’t possibly know what you may be going through, but I do know that if it is a challenge like things have been in my life, we can hold onto hope together. Let’s remember that God works things together for the good, even if we can’t see it on this side of the veil. May we hope to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

-Josh

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Go The Extra Mile:It’s me (Liz) again:), I’m so thankful for Josh’s encouraging words today on the blog. Let me be really honest- I’m thankful for his words of wisdom and his joy daily. He was the perfect choice to tell us about Spring:). To end out today, Josh & I would love for you to check out “Hope Is What We Crave” by For King & Country! Not only is this song a great reminder that we do crave hope, but this awesome video was recorded in one of my favorite places- The Factory in Franklin, TN! Watch below and we hope you’ll find encouragement!

Necessary Seasons: Winter

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Winter is not my favorite:).

Sure, I love the blanket of glistening white snow on the ground, but I do not like to be cold. The environment comes to a standstill, hibernation takes place, the leafless trees look like dry sticks, and there seems to be nothing but barren land as far as the eye can see.

But…

Underneath all the icy flakes of snow, and below the hard, cold surface of the ground, that same barrenness is making room for new life. The earth gets replenished and the soil is restored in its rest. Fruit will one day reappear in mass volume because the vines and trees endured the time of cold stillness.

Friend, have you ever experienced a time when everything around you felt cold and lifeless? Have you discovered places in your heart that seem like they’ll never be revived? That your hopes and dreams will never really become reality? Me too.

So did Sarah.

Sarah was the wife of Abraham, and she had never been able to have a child. God promised Abraham and Sarah that Sarah would give birth to a son. Sarah…yes, ninety-year-old Sarah (who are we kidding- Abraham was very old too). It was almost laughable to Abraham. How can a woman of her age, who is barren, suddenly become pregnant? It was literally laughable to Sarah,

“She laughed to herself: “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I have delight?” (Genesis 18:12 CSB)

God’s reply: ” But The Lord asked Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying” Can I really have a baby when I’m old?’ Is anything impossible for The Lord? At the appointed time I will come back to you, and in about a year, she will have a son.” (Genesis 18:13-14 CSB)

Nope, there is nothing impossible for our God. A year went by, and barren Sarah became blessed Sarah with new life inside of her ready to be born.

“The Lord came to Sarah as He had said, and The Lord did for Sarah what he had promised . Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time God had told him. ” (Genesis 21:1-2 CSB)

Appointed time. Necessary time.

Friend, the warmth of Spring may feel far off, but the very real presence of God is close at hand. How kind that Our God lovingly brings lifeless things back to life. He does. At the appointed time, He allows that which felt lost to be found, in the right moment He gives us the patience to endure our season with hope for that which He has promised. Underneath all barrenness we may see around us, the lifelessness of relationships and friendships we wish could be brought back to life, and beneath the cold hardened areas of our own human hearts, Our God is at work:

Restoring.

Replenishing.

Reviving.

Rebuilding.

That’s where we will find the warmth of life-eternal that we are longing for in a cold harsh season…in His presence.

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Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, we will remember today that You have a time and season and purpose for everything in this life. Every season we walk through with You brings us closer to the promises You’ve given us. Even when it looks like hope is lost, even when our hearts feel too hardened, even when our thoughts wage war- You are able to meet us in that very moment. Lord, we want to draw close to You. So with hands lifted in surrender, we choose today to praise You because You are faithful – no matter  what we find ourselves walking through. Lord, help us to make time to draw close to the warmth of Your presence when our hearts feel cold. Help us to have eyes to see that you are working through the experiences we are facing. Lord we declare life where there seems to be no life, hope where hope seems lost, and peace where peace is needed. Lord we place our trust in the truth of Your Word and in the joy we find only in Your presence. Thank You for the faithful love You give us, thank you for helping us wait while You are working beneath the surface of our lives. We love You Lord, Amen.

peace-liz:)

Go The Extra Mile: Check out the new song “Isaac” from Hollyn! Very fitting since we talked about Abraham & Sarah! This song has been an encouragement to me on more than one occasion and I pray it encourages you as well:).

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy thanksgiving to you dear readers! Thank you so much for being part of my own story this past year, and for your continued support! I’m so thankful for your encouraging words, your comments and ideas for the blog and for each time you join me on a new series!

From my family to yours, we pray you have a blessed day with loved ones. Whether you are reading this from the USA, India, UK, Ireland, Indonesia, Trinidad & Tobago, Croatia, Romania, Or from any other amazing country …we see you, we acknowledge you, and we are so thankful for you!!!

Have a blessed holiday!

Peace-liz & family

Necessary Seasons: Fall

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Fall is my absolute favorite:). Crisp Autumn air, crunchy colorful leaves…all of Fall is my favorite. While some lament the end of Summer fun, I embrace Fall with all of its bright colors and bountiful harvest. Insert virtual cornucopia here! Horns of plenty, tables filled with place settings and pumpkins, and spices filling the air with intoxicating nostalgic aromas.  For instance, when I smell cinnamon, I instantly think of my mom’s pumpkin pie. If you have ever met my mom, you know she is famous for her pies and a bunch of other yummy treats too:). The tiniest waft of cinnamon in the air takes me back to a small apartment in my hometown where my mom would make pies for Thanksgiving. I remember waking up early on Thanksgiving Day to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and my mom would let me have a slice to eat for breakfast- completely covered in whipped cream. Because that my friends, is how you properly enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie:).

Fall comes with an almost immediate gravitation to change. Warm days turn into cold days. Green leaves change into shades of gold and red. Wardrobes switch out from tank tops and flip-flops to sweaters and boots. Change that happens in stages throughout the inside of our homes as well as the outside environment and we are reminded, that change is taking place and Fall is taking over.

design (7) Maybe your current season feels a lot like Fall: Ever-changing with the anticipation that something more is up ahead. I think of Fall as Earth’s holding pattern; a time when the world around us quiets and makes way for stillness.

Now, I am not one who is good at being still. But with a personal season like Fall, I think we can take note of creation’s response to change and take time to be still, and wait for guidance from Our God. During Fall, things around us are slowing down; trees embrace frost and release their colorful leaves, and the grass withers and flower petals fade. Because that is what they do. They give way to change, which eventually gives way to life again.

We can be still before Our God in the midst of an ever changing season. It will take much effort on our part, especially when we live in a world that is marketing faster, immediate, and in-a-hurry. Could this season in our lives be a time when God is asking us to draw near to Him? The changing season might be a reminder that Our God remains the same and continues to be faithful, even when everything else around us is falling and changing or maybe even fading away. We can find Him the the quiet places of our lives when we slow down and pause. We can navigate changes when we seek Him first and allow Him to guide us with His Holy Spirit. We can remain at peace when have to release dreams and deadlines to His trustworthy hands and timing. And we can praise Him in the midst of it all. We can friend.

img_3643You know, Thanksgiving comes at a beautiful time in our calendar year. Smack -dab in the Fall:). While we are preparing to gather around tables with friends and family, I challenge you to look around and notice the people in your gathering. Each one is experiencing a season all their own, or maybe even experiencing a season that you have walked through. Each member you gather with is a part of your story, and you are a part of theirs. As you notice them give thanks, I encourage you to link arms or hold hands, or even embrace them to remind them that you are near in friendship and solidarity- we do not have to walk through these seasons alone. Together, lifting up each other in prayer, encouraging each other with the truth of God’s Word, and at times shedding blood, sweat, and tears…let’s walk through these seasons to grow and mature together.

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Dear Heavenly Father, we choose to remember today that although our seasons may include lots of change, we can hold onto You because You are unchanging. You are faithful and merciful and promise to walk with us through it all. Thank You God, for holding us perfectly in Your hands. Thank You for offering us a place to come and be still in Your presence-no matter what our life looks like or what we’ve been through. No matter how fast-paced this world may be, help us to recognize when You are calling us to slow down and listen for You. You provide us the strength we need to release all that we are holding onto so that we can make room for all that You have for us up ahead. God, you desire to see us grow and develop and make way for new life. Lord, help us to choose to learn and grow through these seasons. Thank You Lord for remaining faithful in every one of our seasons. Amen.

Go The Extra Mile: Listen to the song “Times” below. This song has become a main staple in my playlist. So much so, that I even made my doctors play it while in surgery with my son:). Tenth Avenue North is one of my favorites!

Necessary Seasons: Summer

img_3571Summer is not my favorite season:). I’m not a fan of heat and I’m not too fond of being uncomfortable in the scorching sun, but I am a fan of the sweet things that Summer brings: Kids on Summer break, day trips to explore our new area, and sweet Palisade Peaches. This valley is known for its peaches; juicy and sweet, as big as softballs, and perfect for peach smoothies and cobblers…with ice cream of course:).

There is a sweet spot over the course of several weeks (near the end of Summer) when it is the best time to pick peaches. Their season takes time to develop their unique flavor and fragrance. Trust me, if you stand in the middle of a peach orchard, it is intoxicating, the likes of which no candle company can replicate. The Summer months full of scorching heat and sunny skies are needed to ensure a good harvest of choice fruit.

Necessary time. Necessary heat. Necessary light. All a part of Summer. If Summer only had 75 degree weather and a cool breeze everyday, I might be a bigger fan:).

You see, sometimes we find ourselves in a season that feels a lot like Summer without air-conditioning: hot and uncomfortable. These particular seasons can make us feel as if we could melt at any moment. Friend, have you encountered a season where there seemed to be no relief from the heat of life’s battles? Can you recall a time where you felt exposed to the elements, with no coverage or shade to run to?

Our seasons help to develop the uniqueness of our gifts and how we can use those aspects of our character to impact those around us. We usually don’t know how long these uncomfortable seasons or situations will last. But in the midst of them, there are lessons to be learned and, we can be sure that God is at work. He is not trying to melt us into a mess- He is trying to mold us and shape us into the image of Christ. He is actively working to develop our remembrance of His goodness and faithfulness in our lives, despite how we may feel. David speaks about this very feeling in the Psalms:

“God, you are my God; I eagerly seek you.

I thirst for you;

my body faints for you

in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.

So I gaze on you in the sanctuary

to see your strength and your glory.

My lips will glorify you

because your faithful love is better than life.

So I will bless you as long as I live;

at your name, I will lift up my hands.” (Psalm 63:1-4 CSB)

This passage doesn’t scream “easy and comfortable season” to me. David shows us an example of deep resolve while walking through a difficult season- He states what he is experiencing and then declares what he will do.

“I eagerly seek You, I thirst for you…So I will bless You as long as I live;”

Friend, if your season feels as if no relief is in sight, let’s remember we get to choose our response. We get to determine how we will let our season affect us.

Will we choose to complain when our life feels dry? Will we melt with fear when the situations of life get uncomfortable? Will we choose to isolate ourselves from community when our season feels like it’s too much for others to handle?

Again, we get to choose. God help us to choose wisely; help me to choose wisely.

May we allow the light of Christ to shine on us (warts and all), to reveal the areas of our character that He want to refine, and may we let Him.

May we choose to eagerly seek God in the midst of our seasons and hold onto His promises while we learn the lessons that are being taught to us.

May we audibly glorify His Name for everyone to hear about of His faithful love because He is completely faithful.

May we lift up our hands in worship today, just as David did, and praise Him for sustaining us in the midst of these seasons of life.

May we choose to follow closely after God and hold onto Him through each season with our complete trust placed in Him, because Our God will use even these seasons to grow us and shape us into who we are meant to be.

He is developing us friend. You and me. We are in this together:)

Here is a truth to meditate on today:

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Let’s Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, we take comfort today knowing that our seasons have a purpose. Just like the seasons throughout agricultural life- there is a time and place for each season. As Summer gives way to the season that follows, may our hearts give way to what you are trying to accomplish in us so that we can be prepared for the seasons ahead. We want to be molded and shaped by Your hands alone. We desire to take each season as it comes, and learn from it in order to walk steadily into the next, equipped with wisdom and joy. God, You are so kind to not just see us in the midst of our current struggles or battle, but You are also able to see the future victories won all at the same time. Help us to remember that the season we find ourselves in will not last forever- it will change. Lord help us to grow, change, and mature with it. Thank you for sustaining us and for loving us. We praise You today, Amen.

Go The Extra Mile: Check out this song today from one of my ultimate favorite voices, Audrey Assad ! This is a favorite on my worship & prayer playlist. Enjoy and be encouraged!