The changing seasons
are very soon to be "on us" and "all around" us ...and sometimes we get
so used to the "normal" weather patterns changing in the last few
years, we no longer know what is "normal" any more! However,
God's in control of that, just as He is in the normality of changing
seasons of our lives.
We get so comfortable in a "season" that if "things change" we think
it's all "falling apart" when the "season changes" and "leaves may even
start to fall off the trees" of our lives!
Maybe this is not where you are right now as you read this. Well, just be patient. It may happen!
However, it may be actually a healthy state of "dormancy" which should
never be interpreted as "death". It's all part of God's control
of the universe! "New leaves" will return and the season will be welcomed!
This is God's doing for which we are grateful!
The responsibility He's given us maybe right now is to start making
(even "wrestling"?) with some tough decisions: to stay routinely
reading and meditating in God's Written Word; to respond in praying to
Him in faith (talking WITH Him ...not just "TO" Him!); encouraging
others to trust Him in their personal and public lives. On the list goes!
Life is not merely "abridged eternity" but rather a quality of living that can only have its origin in Christ Himself!
Stay the course and don't let your stability be shaken or flattened by
the lure of the "quick way"; the "mini", the "compact" and the "20
second commercials" mentality; the "good deals" we can buy through the
other's bankruptcy; the mentality of gloating over "the lower the
price, the better the deal". What about "full price"? After
all, that's what our Lord Jesus Christ paid! No shortcuts in
Let's not merely "get started" this new season.
Let's "keep going".
Then let's make sure we "finish well"!
There are no regrets to those who persevere in patient faithfulness!
That's where our Lord Jesus put the emphasis in training His disciples
and still today ...to all who would truly follow Him.
Let's learn to stick with something until it's done (*and most of us
may not see the end of that), not settling for "Plan B" when we haven't
finished "Plan A"!
* There's only one plan and that's what God has sent us to do and where He's sent us to do it.
* Why look around at the alternatives? Why? Is it for "personal
satisfaction" or for "finding our strengths" or "being fulfilled" or
getting "promoted" or "expanding our horizons" or "seeing the job going
somewhere"? Is the "alternative" for which you may be searching
or longing really becoming more "viable" to such an extent that
you've been able to come up with a "spiritual" line of reason that you
can back it up by "God told or showed me..."? Beware!
Look back! What happened to the conviction of the commission of Christ to what we're doing and where we're doing it
as the top priority? Why would His mind have changed on
that? We have no reason to change or look around at others and
other "options"! Often times the "spiritual or material grass
that looks greener on the other side of the fence is an
illusion"! When you get there: you discover "there isn't even any
grass there!" Oh wow!
Changing seasons is about "continuing" not "changing". It is about "developing" not "starting again". It is about "reproduction in the long run" not about "hiding for a few moments".
The never ending renewal of God strengthening us in weakness is not about "us getting strong" but about His strength made perfect in our weakness!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean (or depend at all) on your own "understanding".
It is a Life of peace in the activity of obedience through the disposition of deliberate faith in our Eternal God!
To Him we then learn to say in all things "Thank you Lord!"
Holiday Bible Weeks
"Ministry to Spirit, Soul & Body"
Thu. Jan. 15!
the months of July and August, Capernwray Harbour offers seven
week-long conferences designed to provide an opportunity for each one
to come to be refreshed in body, soul & spirit by the Lord Jesus
Christ through solid, practical Bible teaching amidst a holiday setting.
Thu. Jan. 22!
May 29-31 or June 5-7
on Staff at Capernwray Harbour purpose to provide a weekend conference
setting, away from the varied circumstances of daily life, in which
women would come to be encouraged & strengthened through a renewed
focus on the Lord Jesus Christ.
We hope you have been blessed in reading this edition of Harbour Happenings!