Lately, I’ve been sharing my thoughts that have affected the different seasons of my life.
I share them in efforts to encourage and inspire you to seek God and His love to help you through them.
Going to college, finding who your true friends are, and moving on from you Ex, and pregnancy is all seasons that can be both nerve-wracking and exciting all at the same time. At least, they all were for me!
And even so, there are so many seasons that we all go through in life that can either make us or break us. We tend to enter into these new seasons of our life with a sense of caution, not really knowing what to expect.
I mean, we can trust in God for leading us into those seasons, but we never really know how to prepare for them. That’s the part that freaks us out!
Almost to the point of self-sabotage, or running away from the season altogether.
And I’m sure if you go through the Bible to find some scriptures of encouragement,
Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
– Isaiah 43:19
To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven…
– Ecclesiastes 3:1
And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kinds and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.
– Daniel 2:21
Sure. It all sounds so great. But I gotta be honest with you. Even though I felt like I knew my husband inside and out before getting engaged, I totally freaked out the day he proposed.
And it wasn’t like I didn’t know he wasn’t gonna proposed soon. I knew I was dating a keeper. We’ve been dating for over a year now and we did EVERYTHING we could to prepare our hearts and heads for marriage. The only thing left for us to do was to actually get married.
But still, as I stared into his eyes, shifting over to the tiny, white box with the most gorgeous ring I have ever laid my eyes on, so many emotions and thoughts rushed into my head. It felt like hours had gone by inside my head before I answered, “yes”.
Then, of course, it was a done deal. We were gonna get married. Like, for real, for real!
And after the flood of joy and happiness washed over me, I instantly became afraid and worried about this new season I was about to enter into.
Ok, maybe not instantly. I distinctly remember hyperventilating after the moment of joy because I believe I may (or may not) have stopped breathing. Either way, I needed to stop moving, take deep breaths, and drink water.
Then I was completely dumbfounded. As in, I just couldn’t believe that it was actually happening. That someone like him would actually wanna live out the rest of his life with crazy, ol’ me! I just couldn’t believe it! I couldn’t think of anything else.
Then when I came back to my senses, I, of course, was overfilled with joy and happiness once again, then the hyperventilation, then feeling dumbfounded. This literally happened over and over for an hour.
Then… after sharing my delight and our news with our parents and close friends, the worry and stress came over me.
Regardless of how many books, classes, seminars, and counseling sessions we went to, there was this sense of fear that I felt because I didn’t feel “prepared” to enter a new season.
And you know, this was only one season of my life. Pretty much the same thing happened when I decided to start my business, become a mom, and heck, even when we considered getting a dog! Same fear. Same paralyzing feeling.
Whenever I think of moving into a new season, I cannot help but think of Joshua and the Israelites.
Joshua sat under Moses and was faithful in what God was preparing to lead the Israelites into as they wandered in the wilderness.
And while everyone may have thought that Moses was going to be the one to lead them into the Promised Land, God has the task to Joshua!
There are so many moments in this story where God is telling Joshua to “fear not!” Straight up!
God knew that it was gonna more than just one pep talk to give Joshua the courage he needed to fulfill his task and enter into his new season.
It’s a lot like that with us, ya know? Sure, we trust God, but we are still afraid and what lies ahead.
God knows our hearts. He understands that we may need more than one pep talk before entering a new season!God understands that we may need more than one pep talk before entering a new season! Click To Tweet
And then fear not again!
For as long as you need it, tell yourself not to fear… but do not allow that fear to keep you from moving forward.
One thing you definitely want to be mindful of is the thought of having to wait because you feel you are not prepared enough to walk into the season that God has called you enter.
Oh, because you feel that you should sit and learn more, read more books, take more time to process it all… when God has already given you the green light to cross the river and into the Promised Land!
Do not let that fear paralyze you! Stop thinking that you need to step up to a “Moses” level! God already chose you! You got the job! The interview process is over!
So ask yourself, “What are you feeding on your journey to your new season?” Your fear or your faith?Feed your faith as you move into a new season, not your fear. Click To Tweet
Listen, seasons are inevitable. They come and they go. If you’re in a bad season now then just know that it won’t last forever because it’s only a season.
If you’re waiting for your breakthrough, then keep on keeping on because, in due time, that season will come!
As you get ready to enter into this new season, I want to encourage you to enter it with a sense of love! If you choose to walk in love and know that God’s love is waiting for you on the other side of that threshold, then moving forward is going to appear a lot less frightful. Because love casts out all fear!
If you need help bring love into your new season, then be sure to check out my free 7-day devotional, “Love Deep: Your Path to Finding Love in God, Yourself, and Mr. Right!“
As you prepare your heart for this new season, I encourage you to ask yourself what you need in order to move into this season with confidence and reassurance.
Do you need to rest more because your upcoming season is going to take a lot of energy out of you?
(Being pregnant now, I can already tell you that I’m cherishing every nap my son takes NOW because whenever he naps, I nap! And I might not have that luxury with two boys running around next year!)
Do you need to take some steps to take care of yourself because your new season is calling you to serve on others? Fill up your cup now while you can so that you don’t get drained in the long run.
Perhaps you need to reprioritize your values and goals. Your new season might call you to a new level of time and commitment and you may not be able to do it all anymore plus this new thing. Say “no” to some things and empty your plate to make room for this new thing so that you can do it all and remain focused on what matters most.
Or maybe you just need some good prayer time. Like Joshua, this new season may be freaking you out big time. Like me, you may have done all you could physically do to prepare yourself for this new season, and yet it still isn’t enough for you to feel confident moving forward.
Stay in prayer. For as long as you need to. Because God is still there to hold your hand every single step of the way!
I personally think that He loves to give us pep talks! So reach out to Him over and over again. If you feel like you cannot prepare your heart for this season, then allow Him to prepare it for you.
In what ways do you prepare for a new season? Share in the comments below!