As she wraps up her three month blog tour, Amanda is doing a guest post on seasons.
Am I the only one who has this dogged determination to finish something? And quickly, at that. Uncompleted projects, to me, seem like a character flaw. I wasn’t diligent enough, or I didn’t persevere enough.
If I’d had my way, I’d have published “Protecting the Poor” in 2018 and would be in the middle of another book—or maybe have finished that book and be in the middle of yet another.
But that’s not what God had in store.
In writing “Protecting the Poor,” the lesson that had the most impact on me is summed up in one word: seasons.
Just when I was planning to focus on finishing “Protecting the Poor,” God led me to start college (as a “non-traditional” student—aka, old ;)) and I had to put writing aside almost completely.In this delay, though, I have noticed how God has used the waiting period to strengthen my story ideas and to grow me as a Christian. And you know what? I wouldn’t have changed it for anything. They’ve not been easy lessons and I’ve not fully learned them, but I hope sharing with you my lessons will help you in whatever season of life God has you today.
Accept this season of life
You might be a teen girl wanting to finish school and get married. A high–school graduate considering a job or deciding about college. A college kid. A stay-at-home daughter. A sister.A fiancée. A wife. A mother. A grandmother. It doesn’t matter who you are, you’re in a season. And tomorrow’s season will be different than today’s season. Regardless what season we’re in, it’s easy to look at someone else’s season and wish we were there—which is the root of discontentment. As long as I’m discontent with where God has me, I will not see the beauty of the season I am in. The best way to handle today’s season is to graciously accept this season God has placed me in—to be content.
Let your conversation be without covetousness;
and be content with such things as ye have:
for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Learn in this season of life
Each season has its special package of lessons for us. The things I’ve learned as a college student are completely different than the things I had to learn when I was still at home every day. And they’ve all been good lessons. When I am content in this season of life and have accepted where God has me today, I will be a teachable student. Each season is the opportunity to learn so we can be prepared for the next season God has for us.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Grow in this season of life
If we compare life’s seasons to nature’s seasons, there will be times to plant, to water, to weed, to grow, to harvest, to rest, to enjoy, and to wait. Just because nothing “seems to be happening” doesn’t mean that you’re not growing. Think of a seed germinating—you can’t see it growing, but as soon as the right season hits, a bright, cheery sprout pops up from the ground, and then we see expediential growth. As long as you resent the season you’re in, you’ll be struggling, not growing.
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and SaviourJesus Christ.
To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
(2 Peter 3:18)
How has God helped you in your seasons of life? What lessons have you learned?
Thank you so much Amanda for an awesome blog post! If you want to learn more about her latest release, Protecting the Poor, then read the blurb below: