Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bread for the Journey

Seasons of Life

Have you noticed that every season has stormy scenes
as well as scenes of beauty and peace?
In our current season of autumn,
we often have very strong winds.
Winds strong enough to break tree limbs, blow the leaves from branches
and
dislodge anything that is not securely fastened down.
Yet, as in the photo above,
there are also times where there is colorful beauty mirrored in stillness.
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Our seasons of life are like that too.
There are times we feel like everything is being torn from us,
the winds of unwelcome change come
sweeping relentlessly through our well ordered lives
and we look for hiding places, that elude us.
But God has promised,
His places of peace
and the beauty of His 'forever-with-us' Presence
is there if we just open our eyes to see.
Seasons come and seasons go...
every season is needful,
every season has purpose
and every season is ordered by the Lord.
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2Co 4:8-10 "We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not forsaken;
struck down, but not destroyed—
always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus,
that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. "
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"Father, we trust you in whatever season of life we find ourselves. We thank you that you have gone before and already know the season that will follow the one we are in now. Help us to rest in the places that You have provided and may we hold tight to Your unshakable promises, with faith in our hearts, no matter how fiercely the strong winds blow. May we proclaim Your Word that the victory is already ours because You have overcome the world!
Amen"

13 comments:

  1. Great reminder that we should be thankful for all things that come in our life. God is always there to help us that is the best thing. Have a great day. Rebekah

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  2. Thank you. I am in a tough season right now and it helps to know that our Father is in charge. Thanks for your blog!

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  3. Each week you seem to know just what I need to hear.Thanks for this.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  4. I love coming here on Sundays and refer back often during the week. Thank you so much!

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  5. I have a comment that came to mind when I saw the photo on the blog today.
    My Grandfather always said to all of us this "Whenever you see something that is beautiful and causes you to stop and look again,there is God reminding you He is here for all of us."
    Maybe a bit off topic but it was the photo that brought this thought to mind.
    Peaceful Sunday.

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  6. I truly love your recipes but your Sunday postings of Bread for the Journey make my week. God Bless You All.

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  7. Eccesiastes 3:1 helps me through the tough times

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  8. It is always a blessing to read "Bread for the Journey."

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  9. Something I will think more about today. This week my Dad shared with us the things that keep him busy during the season he is in and it blessed me to hear....I hope that I can be faithful to the Lord in each season of my own life. Thanks for your words, verse and prayer. Kathy

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  10. Your message came right on time for me, thank you. I am being "hard pressed" lately by family matters and I've been wondering if it would crush me...thanks for the encouragement.

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  11. Thank you so much for this post---I so needed to be reminded that God is still on the throne and knows already everything that I am experiencing. May it bring him glory...

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