Well HELLO, September! Thank you for being my favorite month of the year. (Okay it’s my birthday month too, so I might be a little biased!)
The sweltering Alabama heat is just on the brink of cooling off here in Winnefred Austin land. Fall leaves are coming soon!! I love new seasons–a time of renewed breath and fresh eyes for what’s to come.
Each season comes with new words and new opportunities. I love sharing them here (see the last post!) Often, I write and draw to better understand what I think. In these early few days of September, just one week into my last year of college, I have been thinking about two verses:
The root of the righteous flourishes. -Proverbs 12:12
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. -Romans 12:12
They both just so happen to coincidentally be 12:12. I like to think it was supposed to be that way.
Thoughts of being rooted in the Lord, building life on His firm foundation, flourishing like a tree growing down in the Spirit, spurring hope with patience, holding a posture of faithful prayer throughout all days, and choosing to rejoice in every season surround these verses for me.
As a college gal, 2nd time business owner, and every other hat I love to wear, these verses keep me grounded when my feet run in every different direction. They also remind me to choose joy no matter the circumstance. Joy is more than a feeling; it’s a place to call home regardless of my surroundings.
This year I have wrestled with the art of waiting and the fruit of patience. Re-branding a business takes a lot (lot lot lot) longer than I ever (ever ever ever) expected. Did I emphasize that enough?! Through every day of waiting for business paperwork to be processed and products to arrive and projects to come to fruition, I was stretched. Though stressed at times, my joy could not be taken from the passion nestled deep inside. Psalm 27:14 says, “While I wait, You strengthen my heart.” Waiting not only stretched me to learn patience; it actually strengthened me too. It’s an art I’m continuing to learn.
So take heart in waiting! I can testify – the process is well worth it. Choose to rejoice in seasons of waiting, letting patience flourish instead of frustration.