Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Are We There Yet?

"When is this season going to end?"

In nature, about every 3 months or so, the seasons change -- fresh spring, balmy summer, radiant fall, and chilly winter -- unless, of course, you grew up in the Caribbean like I did and it is summer all year long or in the Arctic where...well....you get the idea.
Seasons are a part of life, and sometimes seasons are never-ending and excruciatingly long and other times, they zip by causing you to lament their passing.

So you can imagine what season I am in, right?

"Daddy, are we there yet?"

For the past 2 years, personal heartache, natural diaster, chronic physical pain, difficult interpersonal issues, cross-Atlantic moving, delayed dreams, and an overall sense of "Who-the-heck-am-I?" have dominated this season, and while some things have moved forward and small changes have happened, I have wondered OFTEN how long this interval of life could possibly last!

And yet....
{There always seems to be an "and yet...." with God, right?}

And yet, in these past two years, I have learned SO much that would most likely have been impossible without this season.

I have been REDEEMED by An Amazing Man.

His Grace is my anthem.

The Love of the King holds me up every day.

How I got this place has many layers and many blog posts to truly tell the full story, but somewhere along the way, I learned this....

My Christian walk is less about proving my love for Jesus as much as it is about acknowledging that....





I attribute a big part of that to podcast teachings by Joseph Prince that I began to listen to.

One, in fact, really stands out to me,

"You are loved by the Beloved. When you walk into a room, no matter what others think or say, it doesn't matter, because you can say and remind yourself, 'The beloved of Christ has just walked into the door......and that's me!'"

It's funny because when you change your thinking {which I have to CONSTANTLY do, by the way}, it transforms how you see the world. Suddenly what others think or say doesn't REALLY matter because the Creator of the universe who just so happens to know me by name and be acquainted with ALL of my ways....LOVES ME!

So yeah, like I said, I have to remind myself ALL-THE-TIME to walk in this assured confidence, to stop repetitively proving myself, to yield daily my trust in Him and His perfect plan and His unwavering love NO-MATTER-WHAT, even when all I want to say is....

"When is this season going to end?"

Joining with Heart to Heart with Holley with
"In God's Heart I Am....Loved"



Mama’s Losin’ It


Katy said... Best Blogger Tips

i'm right there with you! i'd love for this season to end even though i can see all that God has done in it and is continuing to do. 

Shelley said... Best Blogger Tips

I remember our years of 'praying the season would end' - our journey was so painfully silent with so many unanswered questions and emotions.  When I look back on my journals now - I marvel at where God took us from and brought us to - and I am eternally thankful for redemption.  The only thing I know - like the seasons - is that things NEVER stay the same.  This season WILL pass.

Psalm 138:8 "The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me (you), your love, O Lord endures forever, do not (he will not) abandon the works of his hands"

Keep walking!

Wes Lindsay Evatt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for posting this! I have felt that way many times, and actually right now! We are in such a transition as a family and all I want to do is get to the work I feel He has called me to, but alas, I need to finish school first! So, while I'm waiting......I will praise Him! "His Grace is my anthem!"

Charissa Steyn said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved this post!! I can so relate to so much of what you are saying!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Shelley! Wow! Your words encourage me so much! Thank you!  I love this verse...just shared it as my Facebook status.  I appreciate you taking the time to give me a "cup of cold water"!

Jenn Bennett said... Best Blogger Tips

Sometimes they feel never-ending, don't they?! I think that's what satan wants us to feel.. He wants us to ask God "why" and "when will this be over" when God wants us to ask "what can I learn about You through this?" and "How can I use this to be closer to You?"

I thank God that I haven't had extremely rough seasons of sickness or grief, etc., but I know I still have a long life to live (God-willing), and I pray for God's strength to get through what is in store for me.

Praying for you that God reveals more and more of Himself through this season you are in. And never forget:

1 There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, 
   a time to plant and a time to uproot, 
 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, 
   a time to tear down and a time to build, 
 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, 
   a time to mourn and a time to dance, 
 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, 
   a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 
 6 a time to search and a time to give up, 
   a time to keep and a time to throw away, 
 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, 
   a time to be silent and a time to speak, 
 8 a time to love and a time to hate, 
   a time for war and a time for peace.Ecclesiastes 3:1-8God bless,Jennhttp://thetentalents.blogspot.com

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, girl! I am believing FOR and WITH you!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Awww....thank you for understanding even if it means that you are going through a similar LONG season.  Blessings in your studies!!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Char! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your heart!

Shelley said... Best Blogger Tips


Emily Wierenga said... Best Blogger Tips

lindsey, this post is incredible: raw and full of truth. i've shared it with a friend of mine who's struggling to believe she's loved right now. thank you friend.

Candi Elm said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful words, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Amy Nabors (@amykiane) said... Best Blogger Tips

I have been in a season like this as well for what seems like a couple of years. But as I look back on it all I see how God has used it to change me, to grow me. And without that growth I would not have learned what He needed to teach me. Great post!

Cyn & Co said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, what a beautiful post. I definitely needed to read this today.

Visiting from Mama Kat's.

Alison said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for posting this.  I'm so grateful I came across it, because I really needed a reminder that God works in mysterious ways but still loves everyone.  It is a wonderful post.

Paulette said... Best Blogger Tips

Great view on life. How it's always changing and though familiar never the same from season to season.

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Yeah...and the consistency is HIM. Thankful for that!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Alison! I am so glad that you were encouraged and praying that YOU, especially, have a new revelation of His love today!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Sorry that I am so late in replying, but I am so happy that this post could be "right thing at the right time" for you. I would love to return the visit. Would you mind sending me your URL either in this post on via e-mail? Hoping to visit you soon!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes, Amy! So true! Even since I wrote this, almost 2 months ago, I am experiencing His hand and His heart in ways that I didn't expect. Thank you for your encouragement! Do you feel that you are out of this season or still going through it?

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Candi!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, Emily! What a blessing! I pray that your friend is truly beginning/continuing to realize HIS great love for her on a daily basis!

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