Wisdom through the seasons of life…
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NLT): “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.”
Let us be determined this week to:
Understand that there is a season for everything. There is a specific time and purpose for all aspects of our lives. Our loving Heavenly Father gracefully gives us a choice, peace and contentment as we trust Him; or strife and struggle as we try to figure things out on our own. Let’s trust for good discernment at this time and in this season. Let’s ask Him to help us embrace the different seasons of life – whether easy and sweet, or hard and challenging. May we take time to hear God’s voice and direction (Isaiah 30:21) and let Him fill us with peace, joy and hope as we continue our journey. May we not run too fast or too slow, or find ourselves distracted and missing the beauty of the season we are in. Let’s lean in to the loving and grace-filled rhythm of God’s heart for us, His children.
Ask for wisdom and good discernment. With different seasons come new and interesting challenges. Through Jesus, and as children of God, we have the most amazing gift of the Holy Spirit living inside of us. In each moment, we can choose to act foolishly or wisely; in a worldly or a Godly manner; with bitterness or with joy; from a place of conflict or one of peace; demonstrating pain or showing kindness; in hate or in love; and fueled by despair or by hope. May we ask God to bless us, through His Spirit, with a fresh revelation and yearning for more Godly wisdom in our lives. We should long to be able to discern good from evil, and right from wrong, giving us the courage to repent from our selfish ways as we turn to Him to restore us. His desire is for us to live wisely, and according to His beautiful design for our lives.
Encourage those around us with the hope and joy that we find in Jesus. Let’s ask God to show us those who need an uplifting word to deposit truth and life into their hearts and minds. May we allow the Holy Spirit to work mightily in and through us to be change agents – bringing hope, love, peace and kindness into the lives of others.
Heavenly Father we praise and worship You! We love You with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. We want to say thank You for Your love towards us. Thank You for the gift of Your beloved Son, our precious Lord Jesus. Help us to love one another the way You love us. Help us to obey Your commands and to live out Your scriptures. Please fill us abundantly and continuously with Your Holy Spirit. (Karine)
Abba Father, in the name of Jesus, we just want to rejoice in the fact that we have the Holy Spirit within us. And with Your Holy Spirit comes Your fruit, one of them being patience, which helps us deal with the world that we are living in. Help us to draw near to You and remain close to You; and help us to stay in pace with Your rhythm. It doesn’t matter what speed the world is moving at: we just need to be in rhythm with You, so that we can be close to You and live out Your purpose for our lives. (Maggie)
Lord Jesus, we just want to repent and turn back to You. Forgive us for any ideas or things we believe that are not from You. Help us to fall into Your perfect rhythm of grace, Your perfect rhythm of love. Would you guide us to live in Your plan and Your design of goodness and love for this world, and help us to bring restoration wherever we go. (Barbara-Mari)
Father, we want Your will in our lives. I pray that You would help us to hear You clearly today. To hear You saying: “Just continue as You are,” or, “No, step away from this and do this,” or, “Step back and be still”. Lord, may we be brave and courageous in our obedience to Your Word in our lives today, and in this season. (Lucinda)
Lord, we know that all wisdom and knowledge of the truth comes from You. Thank You that we have free access to it, through our King, Jesus Christ. Father I pray that You will awaken a deep hunger and thirst in us for Your wisdom in our hearts. May we value Your truth over what the world is shouting about. We trust You when You say that You give this to us freely when we ask; so Father, please come and do that. We come to your throne with boldness and ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen (Laura)
(This WRAP is with great appreciation towards Barbara-Mari, Karine, Maggie, Laura and Lucinda)