Word 4U Today



Summer. Sunshine and beaches and summer vacations and sleeping in until 12nn. Then, after a few months of sunshine, comes the rainy, wet, stormy season.

Your life works the same, in cycles and seasons.

That means that some periods of our lives are all green grass, shiny newness, and picnics. It also means that sometimes they’ll be nothing but dead leaves, rain, and sniffles (aaaah-chooo!).

Whichever you have right now, God’s on it.

He’s the one who decides when we get seasons of sunshine and growth. And when we need a stretch of… well, being stretched… He brings us into (and through) it.

As Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “For everything there is a season.” (NLT).

That’s not to play down how outright nasty those tough seasons can feel, but we’ve got to hold onto the fact that they’re a necessary part of God’s long-term plan.

We don’t have four seasons in the Philippines, but in other countries, some seasons are harsher than others.

Think about a tree. The only reason it has space to grow strong, healthy, green leaves in spring is because it lost the leaves it’d finished with last autumn. And it only grew new ones after shivering, bare-branched, through winter.

If everything looks barren and painfully cold around you right now, we 100% guarantee that it’s only for a time.

In that time, the best thing you can do is stick to God, and let the difficulty that He has allowed you to face do its work. When a new season comes around, you’ll find yourself ready for it.


Seasons come and go. So it’s important to have a stable center in your life. Are there any places in your room that you can turn into ‘prayer spaces’? It doesn’t have to be a wooden bench to kneel on, it could even just be a beanbag. [Ed. Shelley: When I was a student, I would sit outside my dorm room verandah and face the mountains, where I could pray without my voice being heard by others. It helped me to have my own space, in a crowded dorm.]

Verse of the Day:

 ‘…Don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work…’ James 1:4

Joy Ferdiz

March 3rd, 2014

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