Four Seasons!

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No I’m not talking about the four seasons hotel, although it sounds nice right about now. For those of you who are involved in ministry, you know that the holidays tend to pile a lot on your plate.  I’m not talking about turkey and pumpkin pie, but work!  I don’t think we have yet recuperated from all the time and effort we put into the last two months of the year. So far January has been slow paced, but as soon as I say that, I take a deep breath and BAM there is something big waiting around the corner!
I’ve been ask so many times, “Jerah, how do you balance marriage, kids and ministry?”  First I kind of chuckle because I immediately think about the times my kids are screaming because they have to wake up at the crack of dawn so that mommy and daddy can get to church for sound check or when my husband and I are talking more on twitter than in real life because of the demands of life pulling us in other directions. After those flash backs, I simply answer, “There is no balance”. I would drive myself insane if I were constantly making sure everything was getting the same and fair amount of attention. The bottom line is that ministry is unpredictable and so is life. We can’t put those things in a box. I think of it as putting God in a box and we all know we should never do that. Just go with the flow.
The best way for me to describe it would be in seasons. Spring tends to be at a medium pace for me. I love planting flowers and getting my house reorganized, deep cleaning and the subsiding of ministry demands.  Summer is kind of a lazy time with vacationing, laying around the pool and longer days. I call this the” resting period”. Then fall comes along bringing the excitement of pumpkins, candy, good food, church festivals and being with family. It seems you start to get the taste of what’s to come. I call this the “get your rear in gear” season. Before you know it, it’s the season to be jolly which is ironic considering you are running around like a crazy person trying to buy gifts, going to Christmas production rehearsals and Christmas party after Christmas party. I call this the “does anybody recognize me?” season. Now I know there is a lot more of life involved than what I listed but I was just scratching the surface. I’m sure for some of you these seasons even mix together. I know at times mine do.
What ever season you find yourself in, welcome it with open arms. For instance, the next time spring comes chirping in, get excited about things that are to come and don’t be afraid to “spring clean” your life a little.  In those summer seasons learn to rest in the Lord and be ok with your empty plate. Or when the fall season starts off taunting you with a huge to do list, look to Jesus and remember this is all for His glory. As for the season to be jolly? Well, do just that; find the joy of the Lord in all the craziness and business of your life and always remember that God will never give you more than you can bare.

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Christ follower, wife to an incredible worship leader Brandon Divine, mother to 3 crazy but sweet boys and worship leader/songwritter.  I love people, talking, playing games of any kind and sushi is something I could eat everyday. My husband says I talk to much but I have a lot to share.

  • Leah Stockholm

    Thank you 🙂
    I really agree with you on seasons, and I know God uses seasons in our lives for his glory!