Bloom( October 2009)

“To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn,)
and a time for every purpose, under Heaven.”
(from The Byrds)

Everyone has heard this little ditty some time in her life  and has even sung along. But I personally never really enjoyed this song as it slightly bored me – enough for me to roll my eyes and sing through gritted teeth. Why? Because even though the song was written about change, the words were so repetitive! Let’s state the reason and move on, people! Life was changing and we were still caught in the chorus singing about the changes. We were already so behind!! Ahhh! (Okay, I confess, sometimes I get a little dramatic.) The lyrics, however, do not bore me – as they come from His Word (Eccl 3:1-8). Solomon, through all his wisdom and power, after seeking all the world had to offer, concluded that life is but vanity without Christ, that true joy and peace only are received after we accept God’s power, God’s rules, and God’s timing.

As women, we all go through changes: physical conditions, children leaving home, job promotions, illnesses, and even deaths. This year has had many changes for me: my daughter is off to Middle School, while my littlest no longer carries his beloved Mama Woofie wherever he goes. My feet hurt more, and I am finding less time for rest in my chaotic days. A new job has given me different deadlines but also a sense of “hanging in limbo” – trusting God when I cannot see the steps ahead of me. Solomon writes that the world moves on, oppressions occur, and man’s labor and fruits are often out of his control. We find our days can overwhelm us and depression may grab at our hearts and minds as we keep stumbling forward. But aren’t you glad that as Christians, we have the hope of tomorrow, the comfort of the Holy Spirit in us, and the promise of eternal joy in our Heavenly mansions!

As the calendar fills with holiday events, appointments, and ministry meetings, I see God in the midst – inviting me to take a deep breath, step into a new season of life, and experience the blessings He has in store. Change is inevitable, sometimes a bit unpredictable and uncomfortable. Our Father, however, is constant and faithful!
Change is in the air, ladies – breathe Him in!!

“We glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance produces character, and character, hope…” Romans 5:3-4

A Prayer for Restoration and Renewal…

Dear Lord,

Thank you for promising contentment to me through Your Word. If I keep my mind stayed on you then I will have peace, in all my circumstances (Isaiah 26:3). I can do all things through my Lord and Savior, Jesus. Thank you, Father, for His example and His power that enables me to be content, no matter what state I find myself in (Philippians 3:11-12). You guide me continually, Lord, and You always satisfy my soul even in the dry times, if I turn to You. I hold Your promises in my heart and I know that all things work together for good in my life because I love You and because You have called me according to Your purposes. The hope You give me is an anchor for my soul, and it is sure and steadfast (Hebrews 6:19). Grant that I will never place my trust in uncertain riches or any other thing except You, the living God, who richly gives me all things to enjoy!
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Thank You for promising contentment to me through Your Word.
“If I keep my mind stayed on You then I will have peace in all my circumstances.”
Isaiah 26:3

From the Vine Ministries is established in Houston, Texas and gives Cyndy the opportunity to reach ladies all across the nation with a message of HOPE.  As a wife, mom, and mentor, her utmost desire is to be an ordinary woman used in extraordinary ways for Him alone! Visit FromTheVineMinistries.com for contact information and study material.