This Beautiful Inheritance: God of the Seasons

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

God of the Seasons

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Are you one of those people who leaves pumpkins on your porch 'til the last day of November, refuses to put up your tree until after Thanksgiving, or laments having to erase "Happy Fall Y'all" from your chalkboard? Or maybe you've been listening to Christmas music for weeks, have your tree decked and ready and even a few gifts set under it. I'm somewhere in between. My house is still decorated for fall. My tree is not up. But I've been listening to Christmas music and may or may not have already watched Home Alone 1 & 2. I love fall and never like to rush its end, but I love Christmas too and am excited for it to arrive in its own time. Sometime this week, I plan to transition our house from fall to Christmas d├ęcor, which is a tedious but fun job. With kids, it's usually like one step forward, two steps back (ornaments will be broken, no doubt), but they love helping and I love letting them (mostly ;)).

As we transition into a new season, I'm reminded that while our life circumstances change, our God does not. Sometimes it's hard to believe He's as faithful and constant as He says, but He is. We may feel tossed and tumbled about, but our God is sure and steady, and He's not surprised by what comes our way. He knew it before the world began. That's so comforting. We are in an interesting season in our personal lives right now, and it's good for me to remind myself that God is sovereign and He has a plan. There is a big picture here. But He uses changing seasons and circumstances to piece it all together.


I've always marveled at how God created the seasons -- winter, spring, summer, fall -- to break up the monotony of life and give us a change of pace. But He gave us different seasons in our lives as well -- being young, being old, hard times, mountaintops -- to teach us and grow us into the people He wants us to be. My only choice is to trust that God knows what He's doing in this season in our lives and that He will work it out for our good and His glory. In the meantime, I'm going to eat turkey and cook corn casserole, pull our tree down from the attic and decorate it with little helpers, and take in all this season has to offer. I know for sure it will be over soon so I want to savor it slowly and make memories that will last.

Today I am excited to give away this book from Tommy Nelson, Parable Treasury. It is a collection of stories that celebrates each of the seasons. Most importantly, each story teaches us a lesson about Jesus and includes verses from the Bible at the bottom of each page that go along with the story. This book is another way for kids (and parents!) to learn that God is God of the seasons, and there is something we can learn in each one of them. To enter to win, leave a comment on this post telling me which season (winter, spring, summer, fall) is your favorite and why OR something God is teaching you in this "season" of your life. Then be sure and enter via Rafflecopter below.

And Happy Thanksgiving!!! We have so much to be thankful for.

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10 comments:

  1. I love winter time because of all the family time we get to spend together

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    1. I love that about winter too! I think I'm one of the only people who doesn't mind when the time changes. I'm like, "Oh well, more time to hunker down with my family." :)

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  2. I love Fall, the changing leaves, the cooler weather, & welcoming the holidays :-)

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  3. I love Fall and the cooler temperatures. I also love the beautiful colors of the changing leaves.

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    1. It is especially beautiful in fall! Thanks for entering, Tania.

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  4. I love Fall and the cooler temperatures. I also love the beautiful colors of the changing leaves.

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  5. This 'season' in my life has thouht me that God hears the prayers of his children. He truly is the shield and sword in the battles that we endure. There is such sweet satisfaction in a battle won by God's Grace.

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    1. What good encouragement! Thanks for entering!

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  6. Oh, Kelcie, what a lovely blog you have! And even more, a lovely heart in tune with God. The photo of you and your adorable girls in the pumpkin patch is priceless. If I HAD to pick a favorite season, it would definitely be autumn, but the truth is, I love them all! THANKS for sharing my Parable Treasury with your blog readers!

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