Seasons, life is made up of them, and it’s hard to escape them. I love to talk about hope and the goodness of God, and sometimes we can all struggle with what to do with that during the tough seasons. I believe that even in the hard seasons there is goodness to be found. I believe there are gifts even in the toughest of times, and there is an aspect of the kindness and tenderness of God that we can access to during those times.
Here are a few ways to help you love your life no matter what your current season looks like!
1. Recognize that you are growing!
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
your descendants will dispossess nations
and settle in their desolate cities.
I think of this verse in times where I feel stretched. I am growing! If I go to the gym and never challenge my muscles, I won’t see the results I desire. Growth requires stretching. When things get tough, remind yourself that you are expanding and growing. When you emerge from a challenging season, your capacity is larger, things that used to be challenging will be easier. You will emerge from the current trials you are facing stronger.
2. Trust God about your current season
God is after your trust! When you come into a new season, there are new things that demand a greater level of trusting Him.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
We are so often tempted to compare our current season with those around us. This is never fruitful. I challenge you to believe the words of Psalm 16:5-6-
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
He has good things for you in this season and looking around only distracts you from those things. The enemy loves to try and convince us of what we are missing by pointing out others’ lives. This is a dangerous trap to slip into you. There is so much freedom in believing that His boundary lines have fallen in pleasant places for you!
3. A thankful heart
It’s very hard to stay discontent with a thankful heart! There is something about thankfulness that shifts our perspective from what we don’t have to what we do have. What’s beautiful about your current season? What relationships are you thankful for? What gifts do you have in this season?
The quickest way to love your current season is to focus on what you do have rather than getting caught up on what you don’t. Plus, it’s God’s will for your life.
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Praying that today you find the joy in your current season! I know there are good gifts for you today. May your heart be filled with trust and thankfulness as you grow and learn in this season!