Here in the southern hemisphere, we are in the middle of winter and about to have a couple weeks of holiday time from ‘official’ homeschooling. Mid-way through the year, it’s a good time to reflect on the word I had for this year: Spring.
Here’s the gist of that original post:
Here’s what ‘Spring’ means for us:
- New life
- Renewed vision
- Restoration of hope
Spring is a time of warmth, and of buds and blossoms giving the promise of fruit within their beauty. It’s a time of growth and a bustle of activity within nature – but in the midst of all the activity, there’s no striving or stress. No-one tells the bees to collect pollen or the grass to grow.
For us, this means that we are going to enjoy the journey, and God’s promises unfolding in our lives without striving to obtain something that is already freely given. If we find ourselves striving or stressing, then we’ve left the place of peace and it’s up to us to return and remain in His abiding presence.
So how are things going?
It wasn’t all smooth riding right from the start, but I can honestly say I’m learning to live out of a whole new level of joy and peace in my stride that rises above any challenges that life brings our way. In fact, I’m seeing challenge and difficulty as opportunities to grow and be transformed from the inside out – which in turn is changing my circumstances as I release the atmosphere within me into the atmosphere around me.
This year has seen plenty of challenge in all those usual ‘big’ areas. But I’m committed to releasing goodness and grace in all those places, despite what comes against me. It means being loving, generous, joyful, kind and relentlessly committed to seeing the best in people, even when what I’m faced with the exact opposite.
So instead of usually not enjoying the process of becoming more like Jesus, but loving the eventual glorious outcome, I now find myself enjoying the journey as well. A new problem comes my way, and I’m starting to get immediately excited about the possibilities and just what the Father has for me instead. The key is rejoicing. Always!
Do I still have bad days? For sure! I still get moments of temporary amnesia and forget what I’ve already been freely given from Heaven.
Here are some great scriptures to meditate on:
- Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:17)
- You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
- But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence. Let them be filled with joy. (Psalm 68:3)
So halfway through our school year, I’m not burnt out in the slightest. In fact, I’m energised and enjoying the journey beyond my expectations.
I have nothing but outrageous hope for the future, and fully expect heaven to continue to invade my world. You’ll be amazed at what can take place in your life if you just keep releasing goodness all around you.
My encouragement to you is this: firstly, rejoice and give thanks; then pray and ask the Father what He is saying so you can agree with Him. Pray with the answer, and not for it. Expect Him to answer you, because His word says He will, and in the meantime, wait with joyful expectation.
Start the day asking: ‘So what are you saying Lord? And what would you like me to see/do/be today?’ Every day has encounters for you to have with the Father, and opportunities for you to bring heaven to earth. Enjoy the journey!
“For behold, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
The flowers have already
appeared in the land;
The time has arrived for
pruning the vines,
And the voice of the
turtledove has been
heard in our land.…”