When I began writing my very first blog post, I thought I knew exactly what I was going to write about. In fact, I even shared it with my sweet teenage girls first because I was so passionate about it! However, I feel like maybe that season has passed. With the leaves changing and the weather beginning to cool off I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the seasons that are changing around me. Almost 10 years ago my Freshman English teacher asked us, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” I think about the things that I wrote in that essay, and I simply laugh! Goodness how easy would my life had been according to 14 year old me?! Unfortunately, it didn’t seem to go exactly as planned, and I think that many of you can relate to that too! 3 years ago I made a new plan! I had my life at my fingertips when I married my best friend, received my college degree, and started my ministry! Everything was going to be perfect! But a year later, God made a change to my life that took almost everything out of me. When my beautiful Mom was diagnosed with Stage Four Breast Cancer and God decided to call her home less than 6 months later, my heart was destroyed. I thought I had to be big sister. I thought I had to be the oldest daughter that lifted Dad out of the dark. I HAD TO BE OKAY…. But I wasn’t. I was scared, lost, and hurt beyond measure! There were times that I felt like no one truly understood what I was thinking. That is until I realized, that was JUST a season, it didn’t define my life, and I was NOT alone! Jeremiah 29:11 states that God knows the plans that HE has for us, not the plans that we have for ourselves! Through the heartbreak of losing someone so precious to my heart, I had people. I had women of God who lifted me up, prayed me through, and have become some of my best of friends! My Dad and my Sister did understand, and we laughed and cried together! Second to best, I had my amazing, God given husband standing right beside me every single step of the way and continues to comfort me on hard days, making our relationship stronger! However, most importantly I had the great comforter!! I had the King of Kings and Prince of Peace holding me in his arms. HE HAD A PLAN FOR MY SEASON! I write this crying out to those who find themselves in such a season. There are people around you who will stand with you! Maybe they don’t know the exact pain that you feel, or stress that you are going through, but God does! I encourage you to find someone that will pray with you and listen when you need to speak. I also hope to inspire you to dig in deeper into God’s Word, and find your private prayer closet! God says in 1 Peter to cast our cares upon him! Why? Because he cares for us! He will love you, hold you, and comfort you through it! Here’s a random thought: At the end of summer, I am ALWAYS ready for my boots and sweaters! Even though I change my wardrobe, and the atmosphere changes, my tan lines still remain! (Yes, that’s pretty silly, but just hang in there with me for a moment!) After my mom passed away, God brought me into a new season! However, that didn’t mean that I forgot about the scars that had formed! I still miss her more and more every day! If you’ve come through a tough season – CONGRATULATIONS!! Just know that it’s okay to remember what you’ve been through, but don’t define yourself by it! Me? I’m Strong. Wise. Beautiful. Persistent. Worthy. A Woman of God! I live everyday with my head held high excited to tell others of who my God is to me! So, who are you? What season are you going through? God is there. He NEVER changes. Seek him, call out to him and find comfort in his overwhelming love.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)
Author: Malori Walsh