For Everything There is a Season

Season of Change

My favorite season is fall, and I am so beyond thrilled that it seems to be knocking on our door!  Just as January brings a fresh start with a new year, I feel the same way about fall.  Maybe it is because I have started a new school year in the fall for most of my life and now my children’s lives.

During this season of change, I feel the Lord working in me.  I feel Him tugging at my heart to change some things in my life.  Isn’t it hard to listen to that voice?  Even though I love the fall, change is hard for me.

Seasons are Meant to Pass

I knew I wanted to do a fall-themed Bible journaling entry for you guys, so I went on the search to pair my fall inspiration with a verse I connected with.  When I came across Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 I knew it was perfect.  By reading this passage, I realized that there are all types of seasons and phases in life.  Seasons are meant to pass, not to linger.  When I feel stuck, I look for the healing phase to come.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

— Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (ESV)

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Make the Sandwich

Something my husband and I say when we need to make some changes is, “We need to go into the kitchen and make the sandwich.”  This is based on an illustration we heard once: “If you ask the Lord for a sandwich, He will feed you.  He will not make food magically appear. You must go into the kitchen and make the sandwich.”

Perhaps it’s kind of silly, but for me this works in so many areas of my life.  Maybe I want to lose some weight. God won’t do the exercise for me–I have to!  Or I want to eat healthier. God won’t cook the veggies for me–I have to!  Maybe I want to be a more present mother. God isn’t going to turn my phone off–I have to!  I want to start a women’s Bible study. God isn’t going to invite people–I have to!  Be sure and ask yourself these questions regarding the seasons in your life…especially the last one 😉

Do you feel stuck in a rut, ready for the next season of your life?

Are you ready to do your part to make the change happen?

Do you feel like the Lord is using you and your story to speak relief into someone else’s season?

P.S. Have you started your Bible Journaling adventure? We would love to hear about it!

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  • andi

    Eccl. 3:8 – indeed there IS a season for everything – LOVE that verse! 😀

    • McKenzie

      Isn’t it so comforting! I love that it makes everything feel ok, another reminder that we are living God’s plan!

  • Lindsey Smallwood

    Oh my goodness, what a beautiful illustration of that verse. I just got a journaling Bible and need to muster up the courage to actually “get it messy.” Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • McKenzie

      Go for it!! I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed it! And I felt so connected to the Word. In a way I never had before! Enjoy!

  • Aly

    I REALLY need to start bible journaling!

    • McKenzie

      Yes! Just do it!! Start small and simple. You can even start in a journal if you want, then move to your Bible later 🙂

  • Kay

    Love your point on how we have to “make the sandwich” 🙂 God is always willing to help but we have to be willing to let Him help!

  • Sue

    I have never bible journaled, I’m going to take a look at the rest of your blog to see what its all about! and yes a season for everything, maybe i’ll start to bible journal in one of these seasons:)

  • Amy Hagerup

    McKenzie, This is great. I love the go make a sandwich story. I will remember that. Love to you.

  • Andrea

    There is a time for everything in our lives – Eccl. 3:8 says so 🙂

  • Lenora

    Totally agree… There is a time and a season . And for me , everyday is a new opportunity to get things done. Time is not as long as it has been.

  • Amanda | Maple Alps

    I love this text. And your Bible journaling is so beautiful! Maybe I should get into it.