Turn the Page


“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭18-19‬ NIV)

It is impossible to read the next chapter of a book if you don’t turn the page.

It is just as hard to see the new thing God wants to do when you keep replaying the past.

When is it time to let go of the past?

When it is all that fills your vision.
When it is all the fills your fears.
When it sabotages your faith.
When it is hindering you from moving forward into who God wants you to be.

The verse above says that God makes a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Letting go of the past doesn’t always mean leaving the place you are in physically but it always means leaving the place you are in spiritually, emotionally and even mentally.

How big is your God?

Big enough to make a dry dead wasteland come to life.

Big enough to create life giving streams through the barren abandoned land.

Big enough to use the wilderness you are walking through into a way to transform you (for the better, not worse).

You choose where you dwell.
You choose when to turn the page.

Don’t be afraid to turn the page so that you can experience the wonderful new things God has in store for you.

A New Word for a New Season


You need a new word for a new season.

You need to hear from God about where you are and what your doing now.

God doesn’t change, but the seasons of your life do. In fact, everything changes but God.

That is why you need a fresh word of strength, direction, peace or joy from the unchangeable God whose depths of wisdom and knowledge we will never be able to exhaust.

Last weekend I helped my sister in law with her new baby. His name is Levi and I am in love. I was only there for three days and two (loooonnnnggg) nights but it reminded me how hard those first few months with a baby are. Respect for every mom rises to new heights when you spend the night with a newborn.

For three days, I jumped into my sister in laws season and was fully present there. Then I got home and tried to get back into my season, which frankly felt paltry in comparison.

The thing is this: the season you are presently in NEVER feels as important as it actually is.

When my boys were babies and survival was the task at hand, it didn’t feel important. As I cradled my brand new nephew in my arms the power of the moment slammed into me. There is NOTHING more important than what my sister in law is doing right now.

On the flip side, there is also NOTHING more important than what I am doing right now. I am spending time, teaching, and coaching
my jr. High boys the basics of hygiene. And relationships. And studying. And laundry. And dreaming. And working hard. Most of the time it feels like “just surviving” and a lot of yelling “did you brush your teeth?”.

Whatever season of life you are in (right this minute), it is important And it is vital that you are all in. It is important to listen to the voice of God and hear what he is saying to you.

You can’t take an old word from your last season and try to apply it to this one.

Just like I can’t take the word God has given me for my season and apply it to my sister in laws season. It just doesn’t work and I don’t have to try to make it work. God has a fresh word of vision and encouragement for each of us where we are.

Because wherever you are, God is already there. He has gone before you, prepared the way and waiting to walk with you in it:

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:7-10 NIV)

Take just a minute to authentically answer these questions:

What season are you in?

What is important about it?

What is God telling you to do in it?

What is he asking you to let go of?

What is he telling you to hold onto?

Don’t minimize your season of life, God certainly doesn’t.