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Seasons Do Not Change Overnight

Grace and peace from God, our Father, to you and to me, too.

The last five months have been full or surprises and changes for me.  After two months in Washington, DC, I moved back to Washington State.  (A long story which involves a lot of children who I will never forget, incredibly poor administration who I hate to remember, and a great city attached to fond memories.  Two glimpses of said story can be seen in I’ma Steal You and Enough, I Think….)  A few weeks after moving, I found a teaching job and I have been teaching fourth grade at a growing school in Renton.  I quickly bought a car (which has been a growing pain), found a housemate (who happened to room with one of my former roommates), moved into an apartment in Bellevue (which is one of the last places I want to live), and hit the ground running.  Again.  Crazy, but I suppose I’d rather be running than sitting still.

This season has indeed been trying, exhausting, at times frustrating, and very, very humbling.  Admittedly, I have been anxious for the next season to start.  I have to remember, though, that seasons do not change overnight.  Like winter giving way to spring – snow and ice melt slowly, the banks of nearby rivers are overtaken by its bitter-cold water, hesitant buds begin to push through the frigid ground.  It doesn’t really even feel like a new season until, sure enough, those buds burst into fragrant blossoms.  So it will happen for me….

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Grace and peace to you.

I write exhausted, unsure, and struggling with fearing God… because I know that I have been spending a lot of time fearing man.  And so I share with you the things that I am trying to meditate on:

Let the weak say, “I am strong.” / Let the poor say, “I am rich.” / Let the  blind say, “I can see.” / It’s what the Lord has done in me.   Hillsong

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!  Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!  There is no want to those who fear Him.  The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.  Psalm 34:8-10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Proverbs 1:7

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.  Proverbs 29:25

Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  Luke 12:32

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:6-7

And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  But I will show you whom you should fear: fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!  Luke 12:4-5

Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified.  And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.  Acts 9:31

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.  For God brings every work into judgement, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.  Ecclesiastes 12: 13-12

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