Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Going Forward Backwards

Ever felt like you were regressing instead of progressing?

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This past year I've camped out in the valley of "Holy-Smoke-I-Can't-Catch-Up."

Anybody else vacationed there?

Situations attack my time like a Kodiak bear after a salmon.

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Like a grizzly after a deer.

Like Yogi and Boo Boo after a pic-a-nic basket. 

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I put out one fire and five new ones flare up. 

My internal pressure geysers mount like Old Faithful. 

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Are you going through something similar?
Take heart, because there's hope.

Recently my friends all encouraged me with the same phrase:

"This is only a season. It will pass."

  • Coincidence?
  • Christian-ese?
  • Cliche?

I believe my brothers and sisters in Christ spoke encouragement straight from God's heart to mine.

So  instead of being discouraged, distraught, and disheartened let's take their advice and trust God's timing.

King Solomon, a wise man--not a wise guy--said,

"For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.Ecclesiastes 3:1 NLT

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Even in a season of crazy we can

  • Cultivate a Godly attitude.
  • Sow compassion.
  • Grow spiritual fruit. 
  • Reap strength.

Nothing is lost, nothing is wasted when we allow God to shape and hone us in the midst of trials.

So while we wait for the season to change, let's move from Camp Crazy to Hotel Joy.
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And take time to share a pic-a-nic basket with Yogi and Boo Boo.