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There’s a purpose for every season

 

The theme of our women’s ministry retreat last weekend was “Embracing Your Season.” How timely it was arranged, just as we are beginning to experience that “Hurry up Spring” feeling. I currently have 13 Heirloom tomato plants sprouting from seed on my kitchen windowsill, with a couple more beginning to peep through. I have already planned to take some to people I know and of course my porch will get its share. I just ate the last of my fall crop a couple of weeks ago. I love watching things grow, the ones I can eat in particular.

Ecclesiastes 3:2 says “There’s a time to plant, and a time to pluck,” (or harvest), “what is planted.” In 3:3 it says “A time to kill,” (this would be for the grass burs), “and a time to heal,” (this could be my foot from stepping on the grass burs), “a time to break down,” (this would be my mower) “and a time to build up,” (probably that pile of grass burs I built up using my handy-dandy Weedpopper.) I’m sorry, it’s just that I’m anticipating the season of being outside; it makes me think like this. Friend. I am ready for it to happen!

In reality we are sowing and reaping in every season. We learned that sometimes you’re the sower, sometimes the seed, and sometimes you’re the soil. We studied each season and the scripture used to describe each one illustrated so well what would nurture or ruin that harvest, in us or for us. And what grows in us will affect many people, some profoundly. Briefly I would say it comes down to, what is used to nurture whatever is growing that will determine the harvest.

The difficulties we deal with in life can often grow out of proportion if not handled properly. We could kill a really good thing before it gets sprouted well without the right perspective. The Bible teaches us how to bring in the sheaves when the season is right and the seed matured. The weekend was fun and 60 women can have great fun. More importantly there was growth spiritually and strengthening of relationships, with Christ and each other. We were already talking about next year’s retreat before we left to come home.

We refer to First Baptist Church as “the people place” because we love to learn together about the love, mercy, and grace of God. And we, women as well as men, can have fun doing it with the greatest confidence that God has a sense of humor. We only have to look at each other to know this. We’d love to invite you to come share these learning experiences with us.

Visit our website www.fbc-people.com to learn more about us, our scheduled activities, special events, as well as worship service times. Or call the church office weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 830-253-1239, and someone will provide you with the information you desire.

Have a great week and give God the glory!

 
 
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