Fall came quickly here in Northwest Arkansas! Leaves are starting to change and the temperate isn’t getting higher than 70 degrees. IT HAS BEEN DREAMY!!
I love this particular season for all kinds of reasons: people start to come back from their summer travel (except not this year – thanks, Covid!), there are pumpkins everywhere, and it brings the beginning of the holiday season. In my opinion, the rest of the year is the best of the year!
I love that God designed seasons to change. He knew that the patterns would be good for our souls and bring us joy. I always seem to be craving the next season as it becomes time for it. With the exception of winter (I don’t like being cold or wearing itchy coats), I celebrate their arrival.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven,” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV).
“As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night,” (Genesis 8:22 NLT).
Just like the natural season is changing, our family is going through some fun changes too. It is a new season for us in a couple of ways. I started a new full-time job on Monday. I have stayed home with my kiddos and worked very part-time since my oldest was a baby. I felt like the Lord told me to start pursuing a job around Easter of 2019. I have been looking since then with no open doors. None. I’ve turned in lots applications, gone to lots of interviews, and experienced a whole lot of rejection. It was beyond frustrating. Up until this last year, I never had to go looking for a job, they had all just fallen in my lap. I honestly started to think that God had forgotten about me. Then, all of a sudden, a door swung open.
I am beyond blessed with the team that God has put me on. Most of them love the Lord and they have been unbelievably kind and gracious with me. It is a completely new world than what I am used to. I am having to look up half of the words that they say to have a clue what’s going on. My brain hurts, but my heart is full!
My little sister also just moved in with us during the past week. She will be here for the rest of the year. It has been wonderful because she has been able to help us pick the girls up from school now that I am not able to do it. I’m telling ya, God knows what He is doing!
About a month before my job season changed, some friends came over for dinner. The husband was so excited to tell me about a dream that he had about me. The Lord showed him my name while he was in a boat. “Tiffany” popped up on a tile in the boat and God told him in the dream, “Tell Tiffany that I see her.” Then another tile came with my name on it. Then another. Then another. Then the boat filled with tons of tiles, all with my name on them. I had been discouraged and felt unseen but God really wanted me to get the message that I was on His mind! My friend’s dream gave me faith to hold on and trust that God was moving for me.
I don’t know what all is going on in your world but I am confident that you’ve felt unseen, overlooked, and forgotten too. Whatever you need, I encourage you to go to the Lord. Let Him in close. Let Him provide. Let Him speak to you. He’s got this. He’s got a boat full of tiles with your name on them too. 😉
“Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 4:6-7 TPT).
“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever,” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT).
I’m hoping that this fall will be like a God-ordained love letter to you. No matter what season of life you find yourself in, I pray that you find Him, ready and willing to lead and speak to you.