Each Season Will Be Summer

I invite you to read Joan’s Summer Son-Shine post.

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By Joan Davis

I love the different seasons of the year. Each one has its own special quality to be enjoyed and appreciated. In the spring, new life bursts forth and nature seems to have endless energy. The flowers spring up, the grass turns green seemingly overnight and the fields and streams are teaming with life. Summer closely follows with long, sunny days that allow endless hours to enjoy the beauty that the earlier season provided. At the end of summer comes the harvest when nature reaps the bounty of the activity of the previous months. Then, the evenings begin to cool, the leaves curl, turn golden brown and fall to the ground, leaving behind what appears to be empty branches. Autumn has arrived. Finally, winter blows its frigid breath across the earth and life seems to be on hold. But, is it really? In the winter, when the earth is frozen and no buds are on the trees, is life gone? We may feel that all is withered and dead, but God is still there, working beneath the snow covered surface to renew life once more.

When I think about nature’s seasons, I often think about the cycle of my own life. I am not in the spring anymore, but not yet in winter. Can I still be productive? Do I still have a place in which to serve the Lord? Can He still use me? When I ask myself these questions my mind spirals downward and I fool myself into believing that I have nothing to offer. I have dreams in my heart, but as I look to others and think they are far more qualified to serve than I am, I become discouraged.

Why does this happen? Deception is the great tool of the enemy. He seeks to place even a small doubt and feeling of unworthiness within us and waits for it to grow. If we allow that doubt to continue to remain in our hearts, it will develop into a stagnant time of perceived failure. And failure, on our part, is what the enemy is trying to achieve. We need to not simply sit back and allow this to happen. God has given us the tools in His word to combat these strategies of the enemy. We need to stand firm in our faith and remember the promises of God.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)

God has promised that He a good plan for each one of us. He has gifted us with certain skills and abilities He wants to use to fulfill His purpose. His plan is unfolded in each season of our lives. It doesn’t matter if we are in the spring or in the winter. When we allow Him to work through us each season will be summer!

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

I may not have the same energy level I had as a teen, but I have gained experiences from which God has shown me many things. Sharing the lessons that I have learned throughout my life is one way to serve. Being a listening ear to a hurting friend is another. Serving God doesn’t have to be big and flashy. It is simply using what God has given us to further His kingdom. You may be thinking that you are too young…or too old. But in each time of your life, as your physical abilities change, God can and still will use you. All we need to do is be available to Him. Watch for opportunities He places before you. He may urge you to do something you never imagined you could do or He may simply want you to share a smile with a stranger needing His love.

“Throw yourself into the work of the Master confident that nothing you do for Him is a waste of time or effort.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Msg.)

No matter what it is that you do for Him, no matter in what season of life you are, God will take your simple offering of service to bring honor and glory to Him. You can be sure that nothing, large or small, done in our Savior’s name will be wasted!

JoanJoan Davis has been a blogger over at The Beauty in His Grip for the past 4 years. She began blogging out of her thankfulness to God for His redeeming hand on her life. She believes that everything happens for a reason and the life-lessons learned along the way should be shared with others in order to build up the body for Christ. It is her desire is to encourage other women through the lessons that God has taught her. Joan shares the incredible truth that we can never fall so far that we are beyond the reach of God. There are no lost causes, for He loves us all. It doesn’t matter how rocky our pasts, God will always accept us when we surrender our lives to Him. With Christ we can live a life filled with abundant joy simply by knowing and experiencing Him through His mercy, grace and unfailing love. Through both smooth and challenging times in her life, Joan has seen God’s faithfulness and now looks at each day as a new day to celebrate His goodness!  www.thebeautyinhisgrip.com
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16 Responses to Each Season Will Be Summer

  1. You’re right, serving God doesn’t have to be flashy and showy. We simply share with others what God is doing in our lives. It’s really up to Him, isn’t it? And then everyone is qualified!

    • Yes! The key is simply to say “yes”. When we allow God to work through us, we can serve Him in any season of our lives!

      Blessings, Joan

  2. Great post, Joan! Deception IS one of the enemy’s best tools. He loves to whisper doubt and comparison into our hearts. God can and does use us, each one, in every single season of our lives. Love you. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

    A time to give birth and a time to die;
    A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
    A time to kill and a time to heal;
    A time to tear 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 throw stones and a time to gather stones;
    A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
    A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
    A time to keep and a time to throw away.
    A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
    A time to be silent and a time to speak.
    A time to love and a time to hate;
    A time for war and a time for peace. – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

    • And…our seasons aren’t necessarily paralleling our age. God can use use in difficult or challenging seasons as well as seasons that are full of joy. God has a purpose in everything, doesn’t He? I am learning to fully trust Him in each season of my life!

      Love you, too! Joan

  3. Thanks for sharing these encouraging words, Joan. I had a wonderful conversation this morning with my teen daughter, and she was saying she appreciated my advice (!) because she knew I’d had lots of experiences I was basing it on. 🙂 So yes, sometimes we are still useful precisely BECAUSE we are older, not in spite of it. It made me feel good anyway. Blessings to you!

    • It is always a great thing when our teens appreciate our advice! 🙂 I love how God uses us in sometimes unexpected ways!

  4. I love this , Joan! I have also felt like life is like the seasons …and even have compared the dry and wet seasons to different points of our lives…some more productive than others. But, never does God ever stop using us and our gifts to serve Him. Thanks for reminding me of this, friend!! 😉

    • Hi Ann! I am so glad that God will use us at each time in our life! Often, our circumstances have occurred just so we would gain the experience or place us in the perfect position to serve Him just the way He planned. I love the verse from Esther, “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4;14). God places opportunities in front of us every day! I’m sure trying to keep my eyes open! Blessings, Joan

  5. I loved this Joan. I’m reading Ray Johnston’s new book, Hope Quotient. I’ve said for many years, “I want to LIVE until I die, then I will continue in His presence.” Hope does that. No matter what season we are enjoying there is reason to hope. Blessings dear friend!

    • What a great quote from Pastor Johnston! He serves at Bayside here in town, where I have been attending Bible study this pas year! I want to live until I die and then continue in His presence, too! Living each day, serving Him and being thankful for all He has done is the way to be! Blessings, Joan

    • Sometimes we can feel that we are in a dry season, but even then, God is working and can use us when we look to Him for direction! And, each day is a great day to celebrate the joy it is to be His!

      Blessings, Joan

  6. I just loved this in so many ways, Joan. I think I shall go back and read again. This really blessed and encouraged me. All wisdom I needed to hear. Thank you, sweet friend. xoxo

    • Hi Beth! As I wrote it, I think I was truly speaking to myself! LOL At times, I’ve felt that I had nothing to offer or that I was in the “wrong” season. But, God has shown me that is not true! He can always use me, at any time! I’m excited to be available to Him!

      Love, Joan

  7. How true your words are Joan! The Lord has gifted each one of us. No matter what season we are in, we can be used by Him for His Kingdom purposes. I find that it may be different in each season of my life. There’s a time for nurturing and teaching children; a time for writing words of encouragement and a time for comforting.

    • I so agree, Debbie! The things that God enables us to do to serve Him may change over the years, but that doesn’t make them any less vital to His Kingdom purposes. Large or small, nothing we do for Him is wasted!
      Blessings, Joan

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