A Time For Everything

Notes From My August Journal

Dearest Reader,

It’s that time of year when I become reflective, looking back as we move into a new season. I think of Solomon and his words from Ecclesiastes, chapter three:

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven”

We know change looks different in every season, but this year, this year feels hard. There’s no quick drop into your favorite coffee shop for anything pumpkin spice without a face mask. School schedules are varied. Inconsistency has become the new constant. It’s as if we are holding a collective breath as we wait for more disruptions to ordinary everyday things. Every forward move, weighted with a sort of expectancy for the unexpected.

And, yet for everything, there is a season.

Seasons made up of small glimpses of glory that make moments of ordinary life extraordinary. For this reason, we endure our suffering. We see God’s promised glory brought into our present. We trust Him with the future.

And, so we wait and watch for more of these glimpses. At the same time, we grieve as we say goodbye to the fuzzy little swallows, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Weep with the tired zinnia blooms.

However, we celebrate as we transition to soft jeans and cardigans. Hot drinks and pumpkin spice. The sun slants in new ways. Evenings glow dusty pink.

For these in-between moments, we hold to the hope of future glory. 

Because of promised future glory, we can hold the One sure thing in these ever-changing times. There’s grace to be found in transition and new seasons as we lift our eyes to future glory.

Yes, Dearest One, “For everything, there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” We give our present days over to the promised future glory in our everyday. 

“I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

You’ve Got Mail

Lastly, I am here to encourage you, equip you, and guide you as you redefine your wilderness.

Your Wilderness Guide,

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*Currently, we are in the book of Acts. I’d love to share my Bible Reading Plan with you, along with my Bible Study Plan. If you are interested, comment below or send a private email to tlmashburn@yahoo.com.

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*Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotes are in the English Standard Version from Bible.com

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“There is no space to live well or love well, much less pursue the God who created us to be in fellowship with Him. We close the gap between what we need and what we want with more. Our spinning lives and broken hearts are empty while appearing full. We paste a smile on our face and tell anyone who asks we are okay while inside we are shattering a million different ways.” -Mornings In The Word