Control of the Seasons

Let's just say that I hope this doesn't come off as being druidic or anything like that, but Carrie and I absolutely love the changing of the seasons! Autumn is pretty much here, and I know that's funny to say, since "the smell" hasn't officially hit yet and we're still having plenty of above 80-degree weather, but sometimes it's more of a mindset and a joyful expectation. We decided that one tradition our family is going to have is "welcoming in" the new season. No, this is not saying that we're "worshiping" the season or anything like that, but rather, we're taking time to reflect on where the Lord has led and yet another season that He has brought us to. It also means that we have adopted a new "fragrance of the season" (our choice being "Autumn Leaves" from White Barn Candle Co.), are planning a fun night for being festive and decorating, and looking at ways that we can celebrate God's reign over every season of our lives. All of the changes of autumn, bleakness of winter, blooming of spring and vivaciousness of summer belong to His glory alone.

"Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness." (Acts 14v.17)

How we Wileys pray that, whatever season of the soul you may be in, you find time and joy in worshiping the God who has ordained it. I know that it's a whole lot easier to praise Him when we're in the fullness of summer joys, but we must praise Him even more in the bleakest and hardest of winters.

"But what's good and bad, flows from the hands of the God with the perfect plan. Filling us with joy, all of this will glorify. Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Him all creatures here below; praise Him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost." (Five Iron Frenzy, "Flowery Song" w/ The Doxology)
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Forgetfulness (Deuteronomy 4:9)

So I have a confession... not that this will surprise many of you. I struggle with forgetting things. It seems that I've always got at least 217 projects thundering around in my head, and, if I don't write them down, I'll forget the majority of them. Some people call it adult ADD; I call it being spontaneously forgetful. Regardless, I was reading through Deuteronomy 4 this morning and saw the spiritual ramifications of forgetfulness, and how they even apply to this blog!

Beginning way back when, the Jewish nation developed a very strong culture of recounting the awesome works of the Lord, throughout their history. I mean, when you hear about the Exodus, the plagues, conquering other peoples, and the other things that happened in Israel's past, you can't help but think, "Wow!" The continual re-telling of these events only gave their children a stronger sense of the things that God had done. This was in order that the people may never forget.

We've sort of lost sight of the need to recount the awesome things that the Lord has done, though, in our day and age. It seems that many parents want to let their eleven and twelve year olds make "the choice" to be involved or not with things of the church. It's hard for me not to want to beat these people over the heads for thinking that their pre-pubescent CHILD is capable of making the best choice for their lives. It's like telling a child to choose their occupation at a very early age (not too many of us actually grow up to be astronauts or Indian chiefs).

Even in my own life, how often do I forget the things of God and think, "Why in the world did you guide me to this particular situation? How are you going to provide?!!" Then I'm slapped in the face and know that I have a lack of faith and strength and that nothing gets done on my own power so how dare I be so conceited and small? Same goes for this blog... perfect way of communicating, yet, I forget.

Before I digress into uncharted waters, we love you all, are thankful for those of you we got to talk to over our brief time in Lubbock, and look forward to hearing from all of you soon! Enjoy the September edition of "Holding the Line!"

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