October 14, 2011

Seasons Will Change

If you’re popping over from His Table for Two or Encouragement Cafe’… c’mon in! It’s an honor to guest on both!! There’s a community of prayer starting at His Table for Two. Join in now! And don’t miss out on my co-guests on EC, Leah Gillen and Carol Davis.

Underlying both guest topics {Weariness in feeling alone} {Singleness} is this nag, the wait will go on forever. I can’t face that.

Extended waits are like treading shallow water. Tattered knees scrape the bottom too often. Each pain laments, “I can’t do this any longer.” The shore beckons and giving up hope for change seems inevitable.

Should you give up? Or should you keep chasing the dream? That answer is between you and the Lord, sweet friend. Ask. He’ll let you know.

For me, I’m not yet ready to release my white clutch on hope, even when things are bleak. Suppose I’ll need a buoy tossed to me soon {hence my post at His Table for Two}.  Hope today will be the last longing for a warm hand to hold; waiting for a yes; treading in knee deep water {difficult task, yes?}

The promise of marriage has been so close, yet drastically far away. Perhaps you too have had a desire within reach, run far off? Again and over and again once more. If you’re hoping praying begging, may I encourage? Hold on.

Friend, I’m trying to view my wait as a day. The first promise of hope is a flaming fiery sunrise: pregnant with promise. Time wanes and the sun burns high noon, depleting my strength. Then the hope is realized, cooling evening shades with relief at last.

Remember, the sun rises and sets earlier and later as seasons change. Hold out hope.

You never know what hour of the wait you’re in or when seasons will change.

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.
~2 Thessalonians 3:5

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  1. Thank you for this beautiful post. Hope you have a great weekend.

    • Thank you Michelle! I pray the Lord changes your season soon and gives you grace to hold out hope until then.

      xoxo, Sam

  2. I love this…

    “The first promise of hope is a flaming fiery sunrise: pregnant with promise. Time wanes and the sun burns high noon, depleting my strength. Then the hope is realized, cooling evening shades with relief at last.”

    A beautiful, metaphorical vision of the hope that we cling to, as we await our true Hope!

    Love you lady!

    P.S. Thanks for your precious words on my post today!

  3. I just wanted to say that I listened to podcast from Encouragement Cafe and it was PERFECT for me to hear in this season I am in. I find that I’m in a bit of a funk right now – I’m straddled on a fence between churches, trying to be a Godly example to my own daughter who just made a decision for Christ, fighting against being bitter about this season of my life as a single (divorced now 6 years this Christmas). The words I heard on the podcast (yours, Leah, Carol and the hostesses) were so needed. Thank you. BTW, I added your site to my favorites and will visit often.

  4. My sweet friend, Sam ~ You are beautiful. Truly beautiful. God treasure you.

    I pray that, as the Lord wills, that warm hand to hold will come very soon. But I pray more than that…that God preserves your heart for only the one who will care for you with tenderness, love, truth and with deep reverence for God. May the one God gives you always point you to Him and never take advantage of any weakness you may have. I pray you, His cherished daughter, know marital love in the purest of forms.

    Love you,

  5. I am committing to join in your hope! God has a plan for you as you know and his time is not our time, and usually he doesn ‘t need any help doing his own will. Your hope is your testimony and it is refreshing and a blessing to all of us who come by to read your thoughts. Thanks for your honesty.

  6. Oh how I greatly needed to read this post. I want to just be married so much that it’s all I can think about! I day dream about the future instead of appreciating my relationship as it is today. Waiting is so hard, but so worth it. God knows what he’s doing, even if we wish he’d do it a lot faster! 😉

  7. I am 31 years old and would like to meet someone and get married. The people around me say I should enjoybeing single but it is hard to feel that way when every one around you seems to be getting married or have a baby

  8. Bart Stewart says:

    Sam, I even though I’m not a woman, I somehow ended up subscribed to Encouragement for today over a year ago! The daily devotionals have been a delight to my heart and a part of my returning to the path of following Christ, my savior. Through that I have now found your blog here and it too is a blessing to my heart. Your entry today, January 5th, speaks to my waiting and seeking God for a life partner and to learning his plan for my life. Just know that your words here are not just touching women’s lives. 🙂 God Bless you and your ministry here.

  9. Thank you so much for this beautiful post (I came to it through Proverbs 31). My husband and I have been waiting for years to adopt a baby, and it seems like we are no closer than when we first began. I so needed to hear the reminders of God’s faithfulness today.

  10. Awesome!
    Seasons Will Change….
    But our faithful God Never change. Who is always faithful to us. He is same yesterday, today and forever.
    May God bless you richly Samantha Reed!

    Love you from
    Amit Ashesh


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