• Clarissa Martinez

Navigating Through Life's Seasons

Something that has been on my mind lately is the different seasons we go through in our lives. There are seasons of hardships, trials and blessings. In every season there is always a critical lesson to learn and grow from if you allow it. I was watching a sermon from TJ Jakes this morning and he said, “There is a time and purpose for every season.” Whatever season you may be going through, I hope this blog post helps you in some way.

I’m not sure how many of you will relate to this but right now I am going through a season of growth and grace. Right now I truly feel that God is calling me to a better life than the life I was living before. There are things I need to start doing differently and start doing in a way that honors Him and isn't so focused on myself. While I'm trying to live better, I have to remember that I am human and I will make mistakes. I noticed that when I fall short, I begin to be very hard on myself and will get overwhelmed with shame and guilt. This is exactly the opposite of how He wants me to feel! When I start to feel this way, God reminds me of His forgiveness and His grace. If you are walking through the same season as me right now, remember that God would MUCH rather you have a good relationship with Him than "do everything perfectly". His love for you does not change based on what you do or don't do.

For those of you who may be going through a season of pain right now, I want to write something for you too. One thing that is very important to remember that I wish someone would have told me when I was struggling is to stop comparing your life to everyone's around you. Whether they are people on social media, people you walk by on the street, or your friends, just don't do it. Everyone's walk through life is very different and you never know what is happening behind closed doors. Focus on your journey right now, not someone else's. While the pain and struggle may seem unbearable, one day you are going to look back on this season and see the amount of growth that came from it. God will use this season to push purpose out of you if you allow Him. Allow yourself to grieve but don't wallow in it for too long and don't let it define you. Continue to pray and don't lose faith, for this is only temporary. Psalm 30:5 says, "Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning."

Lastly, if you are going through a season where you are reaping all of your blessings, I'm so happy for you! Seasons of blessings usually follow a season of hardship and if that is the case for you, I am so proud of you for pushing through and not losing hope. It can be easy to lose sight of the blessings promised ahead of you when everything seems so dark. The moments when I felt like all of my hard work was paying off and my prayers were being answered are some of the most memorable moments of my life. Soak all of this in and don't forget to give thanks. Write it all down or keep note of it somehow, you won't want to forget any moment of it!

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