This month’s preschool post is written by Lee Blackden, who serves on staff as the Childcare Associate. Prior to this role, she began ministry with FBCW as a volunteer Sunday School teacher, then taught in Childcare and Weeschool, followed by overseeing our IKids2 area on Sunday morning. Lee is a proud Momma and Grammy.
Do you like having different seasons? I moved south to escape the coldness of winter only to find out that Georgia has winter. It may come through as ice instead of snow, and the temperatures might fluctuate fifty degrees from one day to the next during fall, but we definitely have all four seasons here. I find myself glad that I didn’t actually get away from the cold temperatures forever.
Seasons can be beautiful and refreshing when the changes take place, but the fact that they repeat over and over again reminds me that life has a rhythm. There are hard times in life when facing an illness or an obstacle to overcome. There are also good days — like the days you watch your daughter and grandson play, and you are reminded of all of God’s blessings in your life.
There’s a season that has been replaying for me over the years that I hadn’t noticed until reaching the age where I tend to look back a lot. It all started when I got married. I remember the preacher asking me if I was willing to give everything to this marriage. It required my:
*** finances *** my privacy *** my plans *** and my heart ***.
I was willing to give all of me to this man.
Sometime later we were blessed to have a child, and I knew once again that I was being asked to give all of myself to this baby. The love a mother feels for a child is incredibly larger than I had ever imagined. Yes, I wanted to be a mother. It required my:
***finances *** my privacy *** my plans *** and my heart ***.
I was willing to give all of me for this child.
My pastor has been reminding us lately that there is one other person to whom I owe everything. When I asked Jesus to be my Savior, save me from my sins, and allow me to be His daughter, I knew that meant that I had to acknowledge that I would be His. It required my:
* finances * They are all His anyway, I’m just the steward of it.
* my privacy * I am ALWAYS to shine His light, not just on Sundays or when I’m occasionally ready to shine.
* my plans * God has a good plan for each of us.
* my heart * God loves us infinite times more than I could ever love my own children. Just imagine!
So, why is it that giving our everything to our spouse or our child comes naturally, but we sometimes need a reminder that God want’s our everything?
What financial season are you in? Are you in a season of tithing? Are you in a season of generosity, and you are being a blessing?
What private season are you in? Are you sharing what God has done for you with others in evangelism, in teaching, or perhaps with God’s children?
What season are your plans in? Are you following God’s plan? Are you waiting to see what God has planned next for you? Or are you making plans and asking God to bless them?
What season is your heart in? Are you loving God on Sunday morning, or are you rejoicing in His love throughout the week?
Are you a child of God? Do you give Him all of you?