Embrace Your Season

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10431179_10152139857791451_8882665317328428534_o by Melissa Brown

Do you have a favorite season? Mine is autumn. The crisp air, the flannel shirts, the bonfires, the caramel everything, the excuse for hot chocolate, and most definitely, the brilliant show our Creator puts on with the turning of the leaves. Oh, I just love it!

Have you ever noticed how we use weather-related terms to sometimes explain what is going on with us personally? For example,  “a dry spell,” “being snowed under,” “on cloud nine,” or “a ray of hope”.

As I think back on my life, I can see different seasons playing out. Some were awesome, maybe described as spring because it was a time of new beginnings and beauty. Some seasons of my life were not so awesome, probably best described as winter because they were pretty cold and dark.

As I’m having this reflective moment, I realize something important:

My prayer life is often strong during a season of waiting.

And a second realization: God’s answer may not come in that season.

Like when I prayed in my twenties, for a husband a family, and saw nothing on the horizon.

Like when I was concerned for my husband’s health and prayed for over six months without seeing much change.

Psalm 24:1 says “Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart, and wait for the Lord.”

Psalm 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

Sometimes it’s hard to trust during the waiting. But, sisters, He is so worthy of our trust!

I married a widowed, single dad in my 30’s, receiving my husband AND a family at the same time. Not how I would have planned it, but pretty stinkin’ amazing.

Oh, and after praying for my husband’s health, he was miraculously selected to be a contestant on the TV show “The Biggest Loser.” For real, y’all. Again, not how I would have planned it, because, really…who can think that up? Oh my. Blown away by my God.

David-Brown

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Here’s some truth: Whatever season you are in, God is working on your behalf. Pray. Wait. Trust. And leave the results up to Him.

“And let us not become weary of doing good, for in due season, we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

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7 thoughts on “Embrace Your Season

  1. Kristy says:

    My husband and I are currently in, what I would call, a stormy season. He is recovering from a severe stroke and I am working to ensure he receives the best care and continues to receive therapy. Every now and then we both get disheartened because progress is so slow. Thank you for posting this as a reminder that all things come in God’s time; we just have to remain steady in Faith.

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    • thebrownhouse says:

      Kristy, I would be honored to pray for you and your husband during this season. I pray, too, that you will be strengthened by knowing God’s in this with you and fighting for you. (Exodus 14:14) xo xo – Melissa

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  2. Tamika says:

    I am in a stormy season for sure but just know that God is seeing me through. My husband moved out in September. Filed for a divorce in October, we go to court in a few weeks. I prayed for a miracle in my marriage in September and I believe that it is done and will come to pass in Gods perfect time regardless of what circumstances look like now. My husband has a lot of hurt, bitterness, resentment, anger and unforgiveness he hasn’t dealt with,
    Some of that hurt I caused and I lived in condemnation and shame for pretty much 44 years of my life over past abuse as a child and then my own bad choices. I do believe that it has taken all that has happened over the past 8 months to bring me to a new place with the Lord, realizing I placed unrealistic expectations on my husband to fill gaps and voids in me that only God could fill, also it has given me a new commitment and dedication to my marriage that unfortunately I lost. I am now walking in true freedom from condemnation and shame, something I have honestly never truly experienced in all my life. On top of the storm in my marriage, I lost my job at the end of January and still searching. I have never been a single parent and especially not a single parent without an income. Even in this storm I see God teaching me to trust Him and wait on Him. I am striving to be pleasing to the Lord and finally accept me for me and who God created me to be. Your blog was encouraging in reminding me to embrace the season I’m in regardless of what it looks like at the moment.

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  3. Laura Provence says:

    I think your entry is just wonderful, Melissa. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    My husband and I are in a season of waiting to add onto our family. It can be so difficult to stay hopeful. I needed to read this today. Thank you for being willing to share your story.

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