Featured Friend: Shari Miller @ Living To Leave A Legacy
by Shari @ Living to Leave a Legacy
I’m thrilled with delight because my favorite season, autumn, is almost here.
It’s a time when God takes out His paint brush and changes the colors of His canvas to lemon yellow, apple red, and russet brown. The beauty around us grips tight to the change as we reap the harvest of God’s bounty.
Soon winter’s chill will set in and cover the ground with its freshly fallen snow. For me, winter is a season I do not look forward to. The cold and snow are nice for a while, but the long, dark days soon grow weary on my restless soul.
By the time spring rolls around it seems as if the earth even breathes a sigh of relief as it wakes up from its slumber and dots the ground in the pastel colors of its crocuses, tulips and daffodils.
The seasons of nature are a lot like life.
There is an ebb and flow, seasons of growing and seasons of pruning, which create a portrait of our time here on earth.
Just like we need to have the cold of winter along the flowers of spring, we also have dormant and somewhat painful times in order to gain even more beautiful periods in our life.
Instead of running from these painful times, God wants us to do the opposite. He wants us to accept them and learn from them. He wants us to take each day as it comes, the good, and the bad, no matter the circumstances of life.
I don’t know about you, but this is has been a hard lesson for me to learn.
As a stage IV breast cancer patient, life can be very trying at times. The enemy can whisper words of doubt and fear into my mind as I wait on the results of PET scans, blood work and more.
Through it all I have learned a very powerful lesson.
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I also must look to the heavens and embrace the Father’s love for me, like a warm blanket wrapping around my arms, ready to protect me and see me through. This must be a symbiotic experience, like I yearn for oxygen to fill my lungs in order to survive; I also must yearn for the Father’s touch so my spirit can grow and thrive.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4 NIV)
God wants us to take the good, along with the times that bring tears to our eyes, and trust His sovereignty and faithfulness through it all. As it states in His Word, He wants us to face each day with joy, not with doubt and disappointment. He wants us to learn through each situation that He gives us so we can grow into the individuals He intended us to be.
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the rock eternal. (Isaiah 26:4 NIV)
As we face life head on and accept the Father’s guidance, we will reap a bountiful harvest. Through these life lessons we will grow as Christians. We will move from immature seedlings, to strong individuals with roots planted deeply on solid ground.
When we allow God to use us through these experiences, not only are we being chiseled into His likeness, we are also shinning a light for others who walk behind us. When we say yes to God, yes to the trials that try to break our soul, we are letting others know that “I can do all things through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13) is indeed valid and true.
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God, For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. (2 Cor. 1:4-5 NIV)