Living Free - Feb. 1, 2011

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Life is Seasonal  

Today's Scripture


"There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest." Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 NLT

Thoughts for Today

Human life has a natural cycle that has existed since the time of Adam and Eve. It is wise to recognize the seasons of life—including aging and death—and to gracefully accept their effect on us

During our lives, circumstances are always changing. When these changes are beyond our control, we must graciously accept what comes our way. Whether the season is pleasant or painful, it is good to remember that none of these seasons is permanent.

The true person we are, the inner person, can grow stronger even while our physical person is wasting away. The time we spend in physical discomfort in these bodies is nothing compared to the eternity we will spend in perfect wholeness in God's presence.

Consider this …

Be encouraged by these words of the apostle Paul: "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV

Prayer

Father, guide me through the seasons of life and help me trust you through each one. Help my parents … and me … to have an eternal perspective. In Jesus' name …

These thoughts were drawn from …

Caregiving: Caring for Aging Parents by Charles Puchta. The purpose of this curriculum is to provide hope and direction to those concerned about the health and well-being of aging parents or an ill spouse or relative. We address predominate issues most families face. Each session is designed to discuss a specific area of concern such as the purpose of a caregiver or end-of-life planning. It will become clear to participants that the Bible provides encouragement and direction to help them through this caregiving journey. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a study for individuals or couples.

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