New Season

And just like that I have entered into a new season of life.   A lot has changed.

My husband and I started a new church plant.

My firstborn is in high school and my youngest is in Kindergarten. The conversations I have to have with both of them blows me away.

I am hearing God in a way that I have never heard Him before and what  He tells me is not always comfortable or convenient.

I am being challenged to steward my gifts well and be intentional about pursuing what God has placed inside of me.  No more holding back, no more excuses.

I must confess that I am still trying to find my rhythm for my new NOW.  Trying to operate the way I did a few months ago just makes everything off key.    I like comfort and I like having a routine.  But the longer I live, the more I realize that seasons are constantly changing and if I insist on holding on to what is familiar,  I will remain stuck.    I have been experiencing a strange and uncomfortable tension.  I have cried a few times because this is all so unfamiliar to me, and so uncomfortable.  But at the same time I long for the New that God is doing in my NOW.  It’s  a strange, beautiful, painful, giddy kind of thing that is going on inside of me.  I am being stretched…yet again!

Yes, I have moments of frustration but it is undeniable that  I, we, were wired for continuous growth.  Growth requires a willingness to embrace change, to embrace the unfamiliar and become uncomfortable.  I have heard that comfort can become a death sentence-death to dreams and purpose. I am a life kind of girl so I am choosing to say yes to the change, yes to the unfamiliar, yes to discomfort, yes to the growing pains.

In this season I ask you to pray for me as I embrace growth!  How about you,  are you in a new season, and how have you been responding to the change?

Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven

Anika Jones

About the Author

Anika Jones

Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!

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Lashanda Lewis

Amen!

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