It Is Time

by Mary Beth on October 25, 2017

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“Turn, Turn, Turn,” echoes the popular song from The Byrds,

reflective from Scripture in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

“For everything there is a season,

and a time to every matter under heaven.”

Ecclesiastes was pivotal not only in my surrender to Christ,

it was foundational in growing my trust and love for

God’s powerful, sufficient,

and living Word.

Truly, God’s eternal words from Ecclesiastes,

continues to hold cherished meaning and purpose

as I’ve sojourned through the years.

Once again the great Preacher’s words,

  both affirms and settles my heart through minor and major life transitions.

After seasons of prayer and counsel through the years, while

 trusting God’s will and timing,

we moved forward in weighty decisions

towards neccessary endings

and new beginnings.

We intentionally took steps to be more open-handed

with God given gifts of

established friendships,

rare opportunities,

biblical community, and

our leadership roles.

All to circle back where our roots began

within the Great Lakes area,

and to begin a new

work and life balance.

 In Crazy Busy, Kevin DeYoung writes how leaders are challenged

by “over developed strengths that are under protected.”

Throughout our research, this statement among others,

continues to hold one of many check point convictions

we embrace in our work/life balance.

God was and is gracious with His guidance,

goodness, and generosity to us throughout the

tedious process and numerous changes,

including our tender emotions.

Many transitional changes required a delicate balance of people and process.

We received two offers on our home within four hours of listing.

The speed of our process took a fast pace; we’re thankful for it.

How vital the timing proved to be for us in this transition,

to critical needs within

our extended families.

Close friends in our prayer group, neighborhood,

and community stood with us-

through highs and lows, strengths and weaknesses, tears and mutual love.

Their kindness, timely encouragement, meals, and prayers,

all offered strength to us-

yet the comfort was simply,

being together.

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What depth of love, joy, and support to truly experience biblical community.

This is life together Dietrich Bonhoeffer encouraged!

Why welcome sincere community,

of maturing love, life, and support among believers?

 Together we learn to live wholeheartedly,

and to trust the Word will light our ordinary paths.

We need one another as we seek to walk in the fear of the Lord.

Even more beautiful, we’re family by God’s grace.

Side by side taking humble steps of trust and obedience,

following our great Shepherd and Keeper of our souls.

For our help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
For the Lord is our shade at our right hand.
He will watch over our life.
The Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.  Psalm 121

 

Resources:

Crazy Busy, Kevin DeYoung

Necessary Endings, Dr. Henry Cloud

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