As Thanksgiving came to a close and Christmas right around the corner, this is considered the holiday season. Much like this season or the seasons of spring/summer/fall/winter, I believe there are seasons in each of our lives and families' lives. Kristi and I have been going through a rough patch in our family lately, and it has made me think about the season we have been in the past 3 years. God is such a craftsman, chess player, and architect. The last three years have been a season where God provided for our family, taught us how to be better parents, introduced us to life long friends, succeeded in several professional areas, and gave us an addition to our family (our baby J)! In this season, there has also been struggles. Struggles in our family, parenting, friends, and professional areas. You are not reading that wrong...the struggles were in the same areas as the blessings. How is this possible? I've realized over the past seven years that I am blessed in areas that I seem to struggle with. I believe that to be called growth. Both my wife and I have grown so much over the past three years in our weaknesses. What struggles have you been blessed with? When I think about both the blessings and the struggles, I can see where my new season is about to start. Just like the last season I know I will have my struggles, but my past struggles is allowing me to step into a new season. Sometimes happiness comes in weird, uncomfortable moments that prepare us for future seasons. It sucks during the trials, but the joy that comes from the growth opportunity God gives us is worth every struggle we may have. As I sit here reflecting on what I am thankful for, I am moving my struggles to the top of the list. I love in (Jeremiah 29:11) where it states, "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Our God is so good. If you are in a season of pain, hurt, suffering, or even complacency, take that promise from God and focus on the hope of that verse. Here is to new seasons, past struggles, and future opportunities!
Posted on Sun, March 15, 2015
by John Phipps