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Embracing Your Season

Hey Friends, I’m glad you have joined me on this journey to thrive and be all God has called you to be. Just as we have different seasons of the year; spring, summer, autumn and winter, we as human beings can be at different seasons of our life’s journey. While it can not be clearly defined like the seasons of the year, it is important to intentionally recognise where you are in your journey of life. You can be in a season of being a student, being a young adult, raising little children, parenting teenagers, having a full on career, being a stay at home mum, having little or having a lot, waiting for something in particular or having that thing you so desired, I could go on and on as these seasons can intertwine but you get the gist. Today I want you to recognise what season you are in and how you can thrive in that season. I remember a time when I just finished university and I was looking for a job. It was a very unique waiting season but a season that I had to go through to be where I am today. Looking back, I was glad I accomplished so much more in that season than I would have if I was just hopelessly waiting around and feeling pity for myself. I remember a time when my husband as a contractor had to work away from home but would come home at weekends. Some people hearing my story at the time felt pity for me but I was mature enough to recognise this was a season in our lives, and while it would have been ideal for him to come home to us daily, I knew it won’t always be this way, the season was going to pass. So let me give you a breakdown on how to thrive in whatever season of life you are in.

First thing to bear in mind is that you are unique, your journey is a unique one, God knew you before he formed you in your mother’s womb and he set you apart. You have a unique set of fingerprint so don’t compare yourself to others, that would only frustrate you and you wouldn’t be doing yourself any good. Check where you are based on your life’s purpose, assess your situation based on what you want to achieve or be in life. Recognising where you are with respect to where you are going, gives you perspective. Are you on the right track even though it looks like you are not moving forward? it matters that you take stock and stay on track in the right direction. While I was waiting to get a job and applying and doing all I could, physically, it looked like I was going no where, but spiritually I was moving forward. I was making so much progress, spending time in the counsel of people that shaped me spiritually, doing things I loved amongst which consisted of singing and performing contemporary dance; seeing visions of my future and knowing where God was leading me to. I knew this was just a waiting period and I was going to progress from it. This leads me to my next point to bear in mind which is; change is constant just like the seasons of the year. It is recorded in the bible that as long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night. When you are in the winter season, in the extreme cold, you know that winter is for a time, change is coming and it is always for the better. I know some people do not like the concept of change as it makes them nervous to enjoy the goodness of a particular season. They feel that change is going to mess up their joy and get them in a winter and dry season again, a season of trial. I want you to remember this my friend - all things work together for good for them that loves the lord that are called according to his purpose. So as long as you are in tune with God’s purpose, everything is working together for your good. It is for your good that you go through that season of life. Also know that your part is like a shining light that shines brighter and brighter unto a perfect day, meaning that you can only go from one level to the next level. You have no need to fear change cos it's leading you higher and better. So embrace the good in the triumph season and look for the good in the trying season. Don’t throw a pity party because you are comparing yourself with others. It's your season so embrace the waiting and the trials knowing that this too shall pass. Don’t be afraid of change because it surely has to work out for your good.

The next point in thriving in your season of life is being vigilant and intentional in that season. Ask yourself questions like, What is this season of life teaching me? because if I don’t learn the lesson its bringing to my attention, It will be difficult to make progress and I might have to be brought to this same level again to repeat this season in other to learn the lessons I did not learn. So what is this season of life trying to communicate to me? What can I learn from it? Another question is that - when I come out of this season what will I regret not doing? So without sentiments and throwing a pity party, What can I do in this season so that when I look back I can say I fought the good fight and finished the season well? You might ask, why will you call it a good fight in a season where there are trials. The fight is good as you know you have already won because all things are working together for your good. So don’t fret my friend, take each season as it comes and make good use of it. There was a time I went from having a car to go to work to not having one and that meant my waking up earlier than I used to so as to catch the bus, leaving me with no time to have devotions with my kids as I used to do. I didn’t like that but I looked for the good in it. One of which was that my husband could still do it with them. So I would call in during the bus ride and join in with them and that kept me fulfilled in that season, that despite the circumstance, I was accomplishing what gives me joy as a mum. So my friend, look beyond the circumstance and let your creative juice flow. Partner with God so he can lead you through your season of life. It is not meant to pull you down but you are meant to ride above it. These verses in the book of Ecclesiastes comes to mind.

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.

So my friend recognise the season of life that you are in, embrace it and keep thriving, until next time. It's your host Sylvia Nwokolo. God bless

Sylvia Nwokolo is a Wellbeing Transformation Coach and Author.

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