SEASONS - Women's Day

We had a significant time together on Women's Day afternoon, celebrating and exploring the different seasons we experience in our lives. 

We move through different seasons, from a chronological age perspective, to different circumstances, to varying aspects of our lives. The Bible is clear that seasons are part of God's ordering. We grow richer and in maturity as we embrace all the seasons we walk through.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 

Ecclesiastes 3: 11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Eternity is where seasons start. He has placed eternity in our hearts, and a longing to be reconciled with our Maker. Our foundational spiritual winter ends when we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, and new life begins; spring has come!

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Cor 5:17

We need to ask ourselves; "have I done this? Have I experienced this Spring, and become 'a new creation'?"

This aspect of Spring, having the life of Jesus Christ welling up in me continually, is something that is vital, for us to survive through all the seasons we experience: 

“But blessed is the man who trusts me, God,
    the woman who sticks with God.
They’re like trees replanted in Eden,
    putting down roots near the rivers—
Never a worry through the hottest of summers,
    never dropping a leaf,
Serene and calm through droughts,
    bearing fresh fruit every season."                   Jer 17: 7 - 8 (Message)

God in His wisdom has ordained the seasons to mould different aspects into our lives. What do the different seasons hold for us?

Winter is a time of uncomfortable-ness, a time to get warm and intimate with God, a time to rest physically and to exist on what has been stored from the previous harvest. It is a time of gaining direction for planting, to glean from past mistakes, to repair and prepare for the coming spring.

The cold harshness of Winter kills the bugs and fungi that attack plant crops, in the summer months. There is a spiritual parallel here!

Many of us resist being in a winter season, believing we need to be 'fruitful' (busy) to have worth in God's kingdom. Yet, it is in the winter season that we often push in to God, and our intimacy with Him is what He most longs for. Many trees do not bear fruit in winter; they 'pull into themselves', preparing for the season to come.

Spring is a time of planting and activity, a time of work and effort to carry out instructions gained in winter, a time of great spiritual and physical energy and a time that great energy is required. It is a time of plowing new and sometimes hard ground and a time to fertilize the soil with prayer.
It is a transitional season; spring is a time of phenomenal renewal. 
The earth reawakens from her slumber, and explodes with new life. 
In our own lives, Spring can be symbolic of starting new projects, sowing new seeds and coming forth with new ideas. 
This is also a time to contemplate health and physical well-being too. 
Be refreshed and prepare for your soulful debut!

Summer is a time of watering (praying) and weeding (doing warfare
over) the freshly planted crop. It is a time in which the crop is in potential danger from the heat of summer, thus the need for much watering. It is also the time we begin to see the first evidence of our planting (First the stalk, then the ear, then the full kernel in the ear.)

 Autumn is the time of harvest; a time where the physical evidence of our hard work during previous seasons has arrived. It is a time of thanksgiving, a time of refreshing and a time for storing for the winter that is sure to come.
Autumn is a time of utilizing the harvest, of good stewardship and proper dispersing of what has been harvested.

It takes wisdom to know which season you are in. Is it a season to enlarge and grow, or is it a season to contract and 'protect who you are'? Both are from God and we will be most at peace as we surrender to Him in the season we are in. Further, be content in it, embrace it and RECEIVE the GIFTS God’s giving you, in this place!

Remember that some promises are for now, but some are for another season. It requires wisdom to know the difference, and patience not to give up on God or the promises if you don't see them being fulfilled in this time.

Take the opportunity of a lifetime in the lifetime of an opportunity.

As we look at our lives, let's ask the Holy Spirit to show us where we need to release regrets and guilt you are holding on to.

'Seasons' applies to churches, businesses, cities and nations, too. God looks for men and women who will 'discern the times', and act and pray accordingly. He looks for you and I to sometimes 'stand in the gap' and intercede to birth a change in season for our nation or our city or church.

Let us rise up and be willing to be season/worldchangers!


Posted before our Women's Day High Tea:

We are excited about the theme for this year's Women's Day event - SEASONS, especially in the context of God's word for us, of moving into a season of fruitfulness in 2014.

As women, we go through many seasons in our lives, both physically and spiritually. Each season presents a new and unique set of opportunities & challenges. This year we would like to inspire and equip you by ministering into this very important, yet often neglected aspect of a woman's life.

Please come join us on Saturday 9 August, at Ridge School Hall, at 2pm. Call Londiwe at our Office (033 345 2526) to book, or buy a ticket at one of our services. Tickets cost R30.

“But blessed is the man who trusts me, God,
    the woman who sticks with God.
They’re like trees replanted in Eden,
    putting down roots near the rivers—
Never a worry through the hottest of summers,
    never dropping a leaf,
Serene and calm through droughts,
    bearing fresh fruit every season."                   Jer 17: 7 - 8 (Message)

Ps Jenny Oberholzer

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