Faith, Patience, Spiritual Therapy, Trusting God

Seasons Change

I believe God! I believe God! I believe God! … well at least that’s what I keep telling myself. Say what you want, sometimes my faith is absolutely challenged.  I can’t come up with enough maxims or scriptures to encourage myself “the sun is always shining above the clouds,” “the storm is passing over,” “trouble don’t last always,” WHATEVER! I just want to go running down the street screaming and if I had a boxing bag it would surely be beaten to smithereens. I am Waiting to Exhale. With a laundry list of issues: family (don’t get me started), financial stress (where is my bailout?!), the pressure and trials of being an entrepreneur, health challenges, loneliness and just feeling overwhelmed and overburdened I often think I am trapped in the midst of a cataclysmic storm. Jesus can you take this torrential downpour and turn it into a drizzle?! And Lord help with the gas prices too. Please and Thank you!

As my former pastor would say, “I don’t care how BIG your Bible is and how many attendance stars you have on the church roll, if you are honest with yourself every now and then you go through SOMETHING.” I am reminded in Matthew 5:45 “…He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” 

Last week as I began to feel hopeless and helpless, a good friend reminded me that everyone goes through a desert season, a time when none of the seeds you plant will grow. You are experiencing your own personal famine. Our father tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” and in v. 6 “a time to get and a time to lose.”

She reminded me of the story of David when he was hiding in the wilderness and in mountains because Saul wanted to kill him. When he came out of his desert season he became King of Israel. We talked about Joseph and his desert season. His brothers hated him so much that they sold him into slavery. Later he was falsely accused of sleeping with his boss’s wife and spent years in prison because of a lie. God positioned him and when he came out of his desert season, Pharaoh put him over all of the land of Egypt. He ended up helping those same brothers who sold him into slavery. Let’s not forget Job. In his desert season he was stripped of his health, his wealth, all of his possessions and even his children. When that season was over, Job was restored with TWICE as much as he had before. All of these men and many others in the Bible went through a desert season and when their season was up they were restored lavishly.

As I listened to these stories, I reflected and realized that I have been in this season before too. God reminded me of when I graduated from college with negative $1500 in the bank (don’t ask) and he blessed me with my first job making nearly $80,000. He made me remember that even in the midst of my many financial desert seasons, he allowed me to travel to 13 different countries around the world. He called to my attention how he protected me from hurt, harm and danger the summer that I was “homeless” in New Jersey sleeping in my car and at the YMCA…oops I never told my family. Well now you know.  He reminded me that EVERY personal challenge I have had whether it is emotional, physical or financial he has ALWAYS brought me through to the other side…in his own timing. He truly makes a way when I see no way. During these seasons, he stays true to his word. “He has never left me nor has he forsaken me. “ (Deuteronomy 31:6) Although sometimes it’s hard to tell, seasons do change. 

Dear Daddy,

As the elders used to sing, “Lord don’t move my mountain but give me the strength to climb.” Father I thank You for reminding me of how You have brought me out of every desert season with abundance. When my faith is challenged, as the father’s was in Mark 9:24 “…Lord help mine unbelief.” Although things look bleak Lord help me to trust You because Your vision is far superior to mine and You tell me in Isaiah 55:9 “My ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” God, I thank You because I know this season is only temporary and You are working out something BIG just for me. I LOVE You! Thank You for being the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent father that You are. I know that This too shall pass! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Ladies, EMPOWER yourself today regardless of what season you are in to store up your faith as well as your savings. Become firmly rooted in the word of God. You will need it when the seasons change. EMPOWER yourself not to give in, give up or act up during your desert season.  EMPOWER yourself to trust that our heavenly father is working out every situation down to the most minute detail. Jesus loves you and he is working it out for YOU!

P.S. You can read about David in I Samuel Chapters 23 and 24. Study the trials of Joseph in Genesis Chapters 37-50 and you can study the entire book of Job.

Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. This week she is leaning on Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV) I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

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14 thoughts on “Seasons Change”

  1. WOWZER! This is so true and BEYOND ENCOURAGING. Sometimes we go through exactly what you mentioned above, but it’s awesome to see how he remains faithful. I just can’t seem to recognize that my watch and his watch are on two totally different channels. A friend reminded me the other day “he is always on time.” When you are in the midst it is hard to see that, but once you come out, you see it was ONLY God. Chancee I appreciate this post, not only for my life, but for sharing yourself even more. The more and more you share with me, the more and more my love for you grows. You are so awesome!!!!! #vessel

    1. Kay sometimes the clouds are so thick and my vision is truly blurred. Thanks for the encouragement. God has allowed me to be transparent and as he releases me I release me. This is very cathartic for me… I have a lot inside but God is in the purging business.

  2. Chancee`

    This is an excellent post. Right now, I’m in various seasons in different areas of my life and I am constantly reminded that God is in TOTAL control so if its raining on my marriage then He koews it needs to be watered…and the flowers that will sprout in the spring will soon make me forget all the rainy days! If its winter on my job, He knows how much more I’ll appreciate the summer days! HALLELUJAH! I love this! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Krissy you are so right. Sometimes its bright and sunny in one place and thunder storming in another area of my life. I know that April showers do bring May flowers and Mayflowers bring….oh I got caught up. LOL!

  3. This is of course another great post. One day, I hope you guys will write a book, start a TV show or something. SO many women need what you guys are offering. If Joel Osteen can do it, why not you? May God continue to Bless you!

  4. Hey girls, how about doing an EmpowerMoments workshop or seminar at the Delta Delta Reunion and we can possibly include it in our activities? Just a thought. It could possibly happen that Saturday morning as part of a breakfast or something. You can charge for the breakfast maybe or have it included in the overall cost or do it for free.

    1. Beverly your comments are so encouraging. I appreciate your comments on the blog because we love when people let us know that they can identify with something we are saying. I know that Kristen the creator of Empowermoments has read your suggestions so I am sure she will think about how it can be if it can be incorporated into the reunion. 🙂

  5. Chancee,

    Thank you. This came right on time for me. Thanks as well for suggesting readings. Seasons change along with a whol lot of other things. But we must always keep in mind that God is always on time.

    1. You are welcome Amber. The only thing in life that is constant is CHANGE. As long as we keep that in mind we can be optimistic about our next phase in life.

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