November 19, 2014

Learning to Thrive // Wednesday's Words

Welcome to Wednesday's Words with Jenni and me, and I'm also linking up with Madison and Rachel for Community Brew!  There is no topic for Wednesday's Words this week, but next week we would love for you to share a list of all the things you are grateful for in this season of life! If you've read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, it is the same concept of listing even the small blessings!

The name of this blog came from the fact that my life is in very specific seasons.  In Minor League Baseball, there is baseball season and there is the offseason.  And the two seasons could not be any more different.  During baseball season, we travel constantly, live in hotels and apartments, go to sleep at 2:00 AM and don't wake up until lunch, and live away from home.  During the offseason we live in our hometown and in our own house, we sleep normal hours, see each other every day, eat dinner together, and I get to teach preschool.  The Lord has us in two very different seasons every six months.

It is a bit of a chaotic life, with lots of uncertainty.  But I know that the Lord uses each specific season for different lessons.  During baseball season, I learn how to be independent and to rely on the Lord to meet my needs when my family is so far away and Chris isn't home much.  During the offseason, Chris and I get to spend a lot of quality time together, and we get to be involved in our community and invest in our friendships here.  Despite the chaos, it really is the best of both worlds.

I'm learning the difference in thriving versus surviving in the different seasons the Lord has us in.  It is so easy for me to just "get through" baseball season so we can enjoy our offseason.  And it is just as easy for me to get antsy at the end of our offseason to get back on the road for baseball season.  God's desires is not for us to "get through" the seasons He has us in, but to learn to thrive in each season.  Each season has a purpose: ways to learn, grow, serve, and thrive if we are willing.

It makes me think of the excuses I make during baseball season.  I make excuses because of the uncertainty of how long we will be in any one place.  Excuses not to find a church family and get involved.  Excuses not to really invest in where we are living.  Excuses not to get attached.  I'm learning this is not the Lord's desire for the season that baseball life brings.  I cannot constantly be in waiting for the next season to do the things He is calling me to do.  The Lord gives me opportunities in each season no matter how short.  Opportunities to invest in others and to grow in different communities.  It is up to me to participate in these opportunities.

But being in different seasons of life isn't just a baseball-specific thing.  The Lord has each of us in different seasons of life, and the seasons He has me in aren't just season/offseason specific.

Recently, the Lord has had me in a season of prayer like I have never been in before.  He is teaching me to pray bigger and harder, for things I would not have thought to pray for in the past.  It isn't easy, and honestly a little scary.  It is hard to be vulnerable in my prayers.  It is hard to trust that what I am praying for is God's will and not my own.  It is times like these that I am so thankful to pray to such a loving Father who hears every prayer and desires for me to prayer bigger and harder.  I'm learning to circle promise in God' word around my prayers as a way to remind myself that He cares.  The Bible is full of promises The Lord is giving to us if we are trusting enough to ask.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
E C C L E S I A S T E S 

My prayer is that I can realize that each season serves a very specific purpose.  That I can know in my heart that the Lord has intentions for each season He brings me through.

I would love to hear your thoughts! What season does the Lord have you in? Are you thriving or surviving?

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