I read a text the other day that said, "One month down, two more to go", referring to Summer. Yep, the actual Summer season has only been around for a month. Here, in Florida, we know Summer as basically a year-round season but for most of the country, these fun filled three months of sunshine, warmth, is a time of BBQ's, lakes, beaches, pools, and lazy crazy days.

When I lived in Georgia, I couldn't wait for summer. I hate cold weather (with a ferocious passion). So when I knew the temps were on the rise, a great feeling of joy increased in me. It increased because I knew what the season had to offer. 

Now, this year, being in Florida, this season has been different. This has been a season of growth for me. I've given up fun in the sun, basking on a beach, for nose deep in books to develop my leadership; listening to podcasts to develop other areas of my life. Because the days have been longer and yet the events around the church have slowed down, I've been able to take time developing vision for my area of ministry. I've been taking time to figure out what do I want for my family as we head into the second half of the year. I'm in a planning and preparation season. Summer has become a season of planning for me.

Recognizing and acknowledging the season of life that you are in gives you great self-awareness and can indicate where God is moving you. He may be giving you a season of rest. Or maybe it is a season of hard work. Potentially it is a season of knitting your family closer together. This may be a season of saving money or finally working on a house project. Either way, there is a season for everything. Solomon puts it like this: 

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.
— Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Whatever your season, I pray that it is one where you are holding tightly to the Lord and no matter what, it will be a season of growing ever more closely in Him. Amen.