I haven’t done much writing or speaking lately. Between becoming new parents and settling into our new home, we have had our hands full as we learn and adjust to new rhythms.
This reality has reminded me that life is full of seasons.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says,
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.”
Some seasons are more of a mountaintop experience, others are more like valleys and some may have both. This past season for me has had a little bit of both, which I plan to write more on in the days ahead. Even the greatest joys of life can bring stress and challenges!
This has been a heavy season of humility, learning and growing in various areas of my life. I also haven’t had the margin or energy to do many extra things, such as speaking or writing, and those are things that I usually enjoy doing and did much of in my previous season. But, I’ve realized that’s okay. Seasons happen, and we need to lean into them, not avoid them or force our way out of them. God has had me in a different season lately and I had to rest in that. In order to love myself and my family well, I needed to cut back on some other things.
With that being said, I sense that I can lean back some into a season of writing. I will admit, writing really fills me up, when it’s the proper season. I really enjoy getting content out to people that comes from my own experience. The demands of pastoral ministry can be a lot, and although I find it a joy to do so, I also need to be replenished. Writing is one way that I do that.
God has been laying several topics on my heart to write about, such as: the idle of busyness, identity, work balance, life pursuits and more.
So, please pray for me as I wrestle with these topics and write! And stay posted for more blogs and resources coming this Fall.
And think about it, what season does God have you in, and how can you capitalize on it and learn?
Peace and Blessings!