FEBRUARY THE TRANSITIONAL MONTH

Month of FebruaryFebruary is considered as the transitional month. January, the coldest month of the winter is behind and March with warmer weather is ahead. Also, February is considered as the transitional month for nature. Birds are flocking to and fro. Soil is thawing from the cold with flower bulbs peeking through. The weather is in a state of change. In the morning, warmer temperatures, but in the evening, colder temperatures, a reminder that winter is not over. Transition means a change from one state or condition to another.

Make February a transitional month for your life. What do you want to change from one state or condition to another?

Change elements in your life. Are you frustrated in a job? Compose updated resumes and send them off to new employment opportunities. Do you want to make a complete career change? Investigate higher learning courses, return to college and earn a degree. Have you outgrown the town or city you reside? Examine other areas and relocate to a new environment. Sounds impossible?

With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26King James Version (KJV)

Work on your personal behaviors. Are you always stressed about everything? Drop the drama, mama, pray for peace and pursue it.

 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27New King James Version (NKJV)

Do you feel overwhelmed, sometimes feeling like the burden is too heavy to carry? Lay down your hardships and come into God’s rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:29-30 (KJV)

Are you a worry wart? Worried that you don’t have anything to worry about? Or, agonizing constantly about things out of your control?

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22King James Version (KJV)

Let February be your transitional month to go from one condition to another. Also, let February be your faith month. Faith in February.

Faith to be believe all things are possible with God. Have faith in a new job, new career, new location or a new you.

And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. Luke 17:6King James Version (KJV)

WINTER OF LIFE

Winter of LifeThe snow comes leaving blankets of white. The trees lack life without leaves. The season appears to move slow and often painful. The warmer season is behind. Snow and ice are ahead. A bid of farewell to the colorful flowers and the green of life. The last season is here—winter. Regrets of neglecting to winterize your house and car emerges when the winter hits. Is it too late?

The winter of life has been described as the last season of life. Old age comes leaving coverings of gray hair. Bones and muscles lack strength due to wear and tear. Movements are slow and often painful. The youthful days are behind. Death is approaching. A bid of farewell to lifelong friends and long loved family. Regrets of I should have, why I didn’t, I could have come to mind. Individuals have gotten to an age or time in their life when they feel too old or realize they have lived more years than they have left. Is it too late?

God gives strength to do all things. And you’re never too old to do God’s will. Injuries, illnesses and other limitations may factor in doing certain things, but not all things. Ask yourself, why are some people going strong, maybe even stronger, in their later years, than their formers years? Let’s investigate some possible reasons.

Stop saying I am old, or I am too old. Your words can curse or bless. If you keep reciting something long enough, it will come to pass. You may not be able to perform the undertakings of 20 years ago. Some can testify the inability to achieve tasks of 5 years ago. The aging process will come, how it comes, it’s totally up to you. Getting old is not only a physical process, but it’s also mental. There are 70 year old’s running marathons; participating in weight lifting competitions; earning college degrees; and starting new businesses. They didn’t say “I’m too old”. They had an I can attitude. You can have an I can attitude with God.

 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. Proverbs 16:31King James Version (KJV)

Don’t hold on to yesteryears. Don’t keep living in the past. Today, for the older generation, things move quickly. Instead of saying back in the day we didn’t do things this way or that way… and you refuse totally to partake of anything new or refuse to change, that kind of attitude can leave you stagnated and obsolete. Please don’t get it wrong, I am not instructing you to conform to all of the world’s ways, but to learn some new skills to enhance and enrich your life. Learn how to use a computer or other electronic devices to keep yourself current and alert. Read about new things to improve your life. Read the material as an e-book or listen to an audio book. The ones who are left behind and obtain an old mindset, are the ones who refuse to embrace change. Renew your mind with the Word of God, His wisdom and His way and allow Him to assist and guide you in the journey to stay young of mind and heart.

His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s: he shall return to the days of his youth: Job 33:25-26 (KJV)

Become the student. Embrace a member of the younger generation, like a grandchild, niece or nephew who can teach you some of their keen ideas on style and music. These same youths can teach you about the electronic world. For years you taught them, now allow them to teach you. Maybe make a pact, you will teach them your sound wisdom of life and allow them to teach you some of their generational knowledge.

The company you keep. If you associate constantly with people who think and act old, you will become a product of your environment. I am not saying to de-friend all of your companions, but have some youthful thinking comrades who have a desire to do different things and want to embrace life and have fun. Life is what you make it.

Winterize your life. Before winter, people will weatherproof their cars, insulate their homes and purchase winter wear. They are preparing for the upcoming season. They may not be able to stop the winter or the severity of it, but all efforts are made to weather through it. You know the winter of your life is coming. Start preparing for it. Weatherproof your mind in God. Insulate your mouth with the Word. Pray for a long and prosperous life.

 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. Job 36:11King James Version (KJV)

THE COLDEST SEASON

winterWinter is defined as the coldest season of the year. This period holds low temperatures, snow, ice, and wind. For many, it’s an uncomfortable, depressing or gloomy time. Winters can be severe or mild; long or short, but one predictable fact about winter, it will come. This description of winter applies only to those who resides in areas where this cold season exist.

Winter can apply to anyone who is going through a cold season in their lives, an uncomfortable, depressing and gloomy time. It’s a time of going against, what feels like, snow, ice and wind. This period can severe, mild, long or short, but it will come. This description applies to everyone. All people go through cold seasons.

Winter was created for a reason. God had a plan for all seasons. Most people can rattle off the disadvantages of winter. I am going to enlighten on the advantages.

  • Draws people closer together
  • Kills some insects and pests
  • Destroys certain pollens
  • Creates cleaner, fresher air
  • Brings upon a time of rest and reflection
  • Helps to appreciate warmer days
  • Hydrates and insulates the soil

Whether you acknowledge it or not, the same principle applies to troubled times.

Why do troubled times exist? There is an infinite amount of reasons why we go through bad times. I cannot begin to name them. Some of these wintery times are manifested through selfish actions, disobedience, stubbornness and pride. One thing I need to make clear, and many people do not want to grasp this concept, if you think because you are serving God and doing all the things He has commanded you to do, that no afflictions or trials will come your way—you are wrong! We have an enemy in this world, the devil. His purpose is to rob you of your life or prevent you from having a peaceful, joyous and prosperous life.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly John 10:10 KJV

During these wintery mixes, we turn to God. True believers know God can grant deliverance from troubled times. God wants to be involved in all areas of our lives when times are good and bad. The advantages of winter seasons in our lives:

  • Draws people closer to God. During the cold season, we pray and meditate more on God’s Word, wisdom and His way.
  • Kills stubbornness and disobedience. We become yielding and obedient to the directions of God
  • Destroys pride. We become humble, having a contrite spirt when these times are upon us.
  • Creates a cleaner, fresher person. After the difficult period, we become anew. Gold is purified by fire. We are purified by afflictions.
  • Brings upon a time of rest. We learn how to come into God’s rest and not into self-works and self-efforts. It’s a time of reflection, to look back and remember the times when God brought us out of previous trials.
  • Helps us to be appreciative. When the trial is over, we become more grateful to all blessings, small and large. As spring follows the winter, joy follows sorrow.
  • Hydrates our hearts with God’s love and insulates us with His protection.

No one wants to go through a cold season, but they will come. I have learned and experienced, it is not the troubled season that occurs, it’s always how we react to them. Learn to react to the winter with God’s overcoat of grace, His boots of faith, His hat of prayer and His gloves of love. Be winterized with God.

 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. Psalm 91:14-15 (KJV)