Preparing For Your Season

To prepare means to make yourself ready or suitable for a specific purpose. Preparation is development. As you prepare for something like a race or a competition, you sharpen your skills. Preparation also means challenges and pushing beyond expectations. Preparation also means sacrifice.

Like the runner who wakes up at 4a.m. daily to go for a run. Each day he goes beyond his limits in order to succeed. Also, the ballet dancer who is preparing for a recital. As she sweats, cuts, and bleeds, she does not give up. Though she may sprained her knee, she knows this is an obstacle that will only lead her to greatness.

In this same way, preparing for your season will not be an easy task. For those who are struggling in their season, I can understand the tasks you face and how hard it is to be obedient through the process. But, this process is worth it. You reap what you sow. You cannot focus on getting ahead when you haven’t completed the first step that was instructed to you. You have to learn to be content and work hard for the next season!

Ask God what it is that you need to learn at the moment. Ask Him to work on your heart. Rejoice and trust in God’s plan for you. He will never bring you to a place to leave you deserted.

Exodus 23:20-22
Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Pay careful attention to him and obey his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression, for my name is in him. But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.

Did you know that the negative thoughts that are running through your mind are all from the enemy? “I probably won’t make it that far anyway.” “My family has never reached that point, therefore I’ll never make it.” If it is in God’s plans for you, do not worry! Cast your cares onto the Lord and allow Him to do His job! Set yourself apart from mediocrity and remind yourself that not everyone have the same visions! You were not created to be like everyone else. He planned out your life before you were born, He knows exactly what you need in order to get you there. You will face temptation and challenges, but they are meant to strengthen you for the next season and to test your faith!

God never promised the weapons wouldn’t form, He promised they wouldn’t prosper! So I need for you to call the enemy out whenever he tries to convict you and tell him about himself.

John 8:44
… because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

This year, I learned to serve others as onto the Lord. I was in a season where I needed to be selfless and to shift my focus on to the Lord. He woke me up daily to cook breakfast and dinner for my family. I learned how to cook in a way that everyone will be satisfied. One of my brothers are lactose and gluten intolerant, I am a vegetarian but I am also lactose so I eat vegan meals at times, my little sister is just picky, and my littlest brother just wants to eat pizza and pancakes all day.

At times I would complain when I’m being woken up in my sleep to get up and cook. I would tell myself I am a Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis patient and I need to rest or else I will eventually faint later on in the say. But then, the Lord would place Proverbs 31 on my heart. How the woman gets up to take care of her family. He reminds me that I’ll have a family one day. If I do not learn now, I will become overwhelmed when the day comes! It will be too late then. I am also reminded by what my mother has told me since I was a little girl, “If you do not learn how to cook, then you will not do well in your marriage.”

Now, that doesn’t mean I need to be a five star chef. However, it’s important to learn more than just Raman noodles! So, I would get up and cook with the Lord. Afterwards, I would thank Him for giving me strength and then bless the food.

When you’re busy focusing on yourself, you will miss out on your chance to bless others. My family could have woken up with a cold, so they wouldn’t have the strength to feed themselves on their own. One morning, as I cooked breakfast I noticed how drained my father looked. He drops off my three siblings one hour after another to school from 7:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m. daily. Then, he have to come back in time to nap for 15 minutes so that he can work at his shop for over 12 hours.

I fixed him a plate and then gave him a cup of orange juice. He refused the juice because he does not like to drink anything sweet. However, I forced him to get some vitamin C. He needed the energy! I know how it feels to wake up and have to do so much before working with nothing in my belly.

Going back to preparation being sacrifice, I sacrifice a lot of sleep to help out my family. Being the oldest child means I am held accountable for everything that happens in my home. There are days when I feel as if I am pouring so much onto them and doing everything I can to keep them happy. However, I would feel as if I am not receiving the same results.

So, during these moments I remind myself I need to prepare to fight whatever the enemy will try to block me from. He cannot harm my family and I refuse to allow him to destroy my home. I fight back with prayer. I spend more time than usual praying and fasting so that  God to fills me up. I want Him to lead me, not my flesh.

We can do all things through Christ which strengthens us (Phillipians 4:13). The most important weapon you will ever need is the power of prayer. The Lord will guide you to prepare you for your season, but you have to be willing to work hard to get to where God needs you to be. Rest your heart, you will get through this.

– Crystal

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