Last week an idea that has been randomly rolling through my head finally came together for me.
As I sat with a group of ladies, some younger - some older, in the home of a friend, I realized that we are all in different seasons in our lives.
Now I'm well aware this is nothing new. I've even mentioned it before when I spoke about my coveting struggles when I work at UHC at my old job. Just hear me out.
I think it helps to realize and appreciate that we all are in different seasons of our lives. Especially at this time of the year when it can be so tempting to not only over spend from our budgets but also overindulge in activities and general busyness. I know I've thought "Oh, I wish I could do that, but I don't have a sitter" or explaining to the kids why "everyone else we know has gone to Disney" but not us. It's always so tempting to compare our season with others.
Oddly enough, my friend's Keurig drove this point home for me. Tammy is truly one of the main people who helped me as a new mom to get on budget and on track. If it hadn't been for her and Dave Ramsey I wouldn't have had our finances to a place where I could not work full time today.
As I glanced at that Keurig and the women gathered in that home, I thought of all the wonderful women I know and the seasons they are in.
I wasn't happy that I was still single at 29 when all my friends were married around me. God used that season to teach me that He is my bridegroom and to show me that despite my past, I deserved to be treated like a princess.
I wasn't happy when we were having fertility issues and miscarriages. I was absolutely devastated when we lost our little girl Grace. And while I'll never understand why, I learned that God is not scared of my anger at him. He loves me unconditionally.
I wasn't happy on many days when we decided to get our finances in order. It was hard to break a thirty some year streak of instant gratification. But it taught me about being a good steward and the freedom of not overspending.
There are days now that I struggle with everything I have to do. I can easily get bent out of shape over a messy house or the current four loads of laundry on the side of my couch that I need to fold this morning. This is now my season. I have my kids at home with me and it's a constantly messy season. But I'm going to enjoy it because I can already see changes coming. There will be a time when hanging out with Mom and Dad isn't the coolest thing to do.
Wherever you are right now, just take a deep breath. Remember, this is a season.
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.