We are each in different seasons. As we know, some seasons are harder than others. Some seasons are painful and full of tears. Doubt, struggle and overwhelm rear their ugly head. Confusion, anger and sadness seem to be apart of us that we almost forget who we are. Some seasons are humbling and certainly not easy. I personally know shopping at Salvation Army because I have to not because I want to. First hand, I have experienced the season of lack and limitation buying only what my son and I can eat that very alone. I have lived not being able to buy presents for anyone that I love. I remember like it was yesterday not being able to sleep (or breathe for that matter) because I was not sure how I would pay the bills that were due tomorrow. Some seasons just stink. Then there are seasons of change. Seasons of shifting. Seasons of healing. Seasons of growth. Seasons of transformation. Thankfully, seasons are just that…seasons. They are temporary! And with each season, difficult as they may be, God is working. Each season has a purpose. The good news is that after every difficult season there is a season of beauty and life! Then come seasons of joy. Season of healing. Seasons of hope. Seasons of restoration. Seasons of laughter and seasons of new beginnings! Seasons of giving back. Seasons where we can transition from “being blessed” to “being a blessing”!
Ecclesiastes 3 is such a beautiful reminder that seasons are temporary. Ecc 3:1-8, 11 says, “1 For everything there is a season,a time for every activity under heaven.2 A time to be born and a time to die.A time to plant and a time to harvest.3 A time to kill and a time to heal.A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.A time to grieve and a time to dance. 5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.A time to embrace and a time to turn away.6 A time to search and a time to quit searching.A time to keep and a time to throw away. 7 A time to tear and a time to mend.A time to be quiet and a time to speak.8 A time to love and a time to hate.A time for war and a time for peace.11 …Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time…”
My prayer for each one of us today is that no matter the season we are in, we would press into God, allow Him reveal the Truth to us during that specific, purposed season and praise Him for what He is doing within us. God always delivers! Sometimes He delivers us in the pain. Sometimes He delivers us through the pain. But, He ALWAYS, ALWAYS delivers!
Be blessed my fellow warriors in Christ.
With love, Courtney Markoff
After a difficult divorce, Courtney Markoff was tired, overwhelmed, and afraid. She went from earning big money in business to applying for state aid. She struggled financially, emotionally, and physically. From this mess came the desire to help other single parents through the difficult transition she had just survived… and the birth of FUEL. Single Parent FUEL exists to equip, encourage and engage single parents in a supportive, non-judgmental community. FUEL exists to help address the daily challenges we have in common as single parents. Courtney is living proof that if we’re given the proper tools, encouragement, and mentoring, we can be healed, whole, and thriving!
The Life of a Single Mom is a national, faith-based, nonprofit that exists to see that no single mom walks alone. To date, we have worked with more than 1,500 churches & community groups to start or improve a single mom’s support group in cities throughout the U.S. and beyond. We have a large array of books, curriculum, training materials, and online instructional videos to support ministry leaders who lead single moms. Our single mom programs focus on empowering single moms to grow spiritually, emotionally, financially, and parentally through a number of projects including: Single Mom University, Single Moms Across America, the National TLSM Single Moms Conference, and a variety of programs throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.thelifeofasinglemom.com