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
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.