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Newsletter - The Vine - Volume 1 Issue # 2
               Becoming …through the Seasons of Life. Learning to “grow up…” as we grow old. Ecclesiastes 3:1 “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under the heaven.”  This year’s Women’s Conference proved to be even better than the ones prior. We gained new insights about the beauty of God’s creation found in the four seasons…and the ability to embrace the seasons of life that we have to go through as part of the process of BECOMING…by changing our perspective.  Seasons, as defined, includes winter, spring, summer and fall/autumn.  

                Our guest speaker, Tammy Dunahoo, did an amazing job correlating the different “Seasons” God created… to the “seasons of life” that we go through. Psalm 1:3 “…he is like a tree planted by streams of water…”  The tree, one of the most beautiful pictures of the changing seasons…though all we see are the outer changes, there’s something happening inside...as its roots are going deeper into the earth…growth occurs and the tree becomes stronger.  How does this relate to us?  Each “season of life” we face is designed to deepen us…to instruct us in the Wisdom and Ways of God…and helps us to grow strong…just like a tree.

                For most, winter would be a season considered to be “dead.”  Dead because the grass is no longer green and the trees are no longer vibrant…The gloom of the winter storms…in relation to the “winter seasons” in our life…the times when the battle in our mind echoes throughout our whole being…when our emotions lead us into making unwise choices. These are those trying times when we really feel alone and not worthy…that no matter how hard we tried to become the “woman of God” He has called us to be…we still fail. The “winter season,” when our bodies just want to give up and our minds begin to wonder…God, are you there?  But, God is faithful and in His faithfulness, He consoles us with His promise that…He will never leave us, nor forsake us.  It is in this the “winter seasons in our life,” when God is doing His greatest and deepest work in us...He is actively changing and molding us...from the inside out.  It has been said, “Your perception is your reality…So, to change your scene, change your seeing!”  Winter is not “dead,” it’s just dormant.  We have to remember, that roots grow deep when winds blow hard!  We must walk through Dormancy by Faith knowing that without it…New life will not come.  There is beauty that can be found in the “winter seasons of our life” when we purposefully change our perspective…then we are better able to see that… this is when Christ comes in the middle of our “winter season” and prepares us for New Life…birthed in us after a season of “dormancy”…the spring, when new life becomes visible.

“Your perception is your reality…So, to change your scene, change your seeing!”  

 

                Summer, the most vibrant, apex of fullness…but another season of perspective, where days are longest…where the good and bad are present…causing us to cry out for relief.  This is where the vibrancy of life dwells.   Finally, Fall/Autumn, the end of the cycle...the time for reflection and gratitude!  Where God tells us to wait for Him patiently because, “He makes all things beautiful in His time.” and in Philippians 1:6, “God who began a good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

                I have learned to practice the 5 attributes we need to have in order to complete the process of BECOMING…The attribute of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, discernment and discretion. With wisdom we are able to have the ability to judge correctly and follow the best course of action. With knowledge, we train our minds by educating ourselves and preparing ourselves for what is ahead of us. Understanding is learning with our heart, knowing what our head does. Discernment is being able to know what is good and evil, not just suspicion – you actually know not because you were told.  Lastly, discretion – knowing when to speak and when to keep silent. Knowing when to act or be still.  Practice makes perfect, but it is a long process.

                As I learn to embrace the seasons of life, I pray that I can truly become HIS instrument of peace. The bearer of good news. Where everything that I have been through, every pain and trial, will be used for His glory. Everything that God has given me is, for me to give away. I’ve learned that the greatest way to get rid of thinking only of myself is to help others, knowing with confidence that He lives and dwells in me. Life changes everyday, it helps to know who we are, where we came from, what our mission is, where we are going, and most importantly…Whose we are!

 

By Marylou R. and Lynn M.