Diary of a Prodigal Daughter: Seasons Change
by Christine Carter
As with anything in life, one constant is change. Through each season we experience growth, joy, heartache, and loss. This past year has been more extreme in some aspects than others, and yet the seasons continue to change, time moves forward, and we move with it, whether we feel ready to or not.
Looking outside, we see buds flourishing, and flowers opening up. The grass grows, and the rain washes away what came before, and everything is new again. But after such a difficult year, with more grief and loss in it than growth and joy, many of us may not feel ready to move forward.
An important thing to remember as we step into the changes of spring, is that God has witnessed every heartache, and he has captured every one of our tears, and walks beside us in our journey. His promise is that though heartache may come for a night, joy comes in the morning. He will never leave us or forsake us, and there is nowhere we can go that his spirit and presence are not with us. Because of this, we can dare to accept the nourishment of his love.
We can allow him to bear the yoke of our burdens, and lift us up when we are downtrodden. As the colors bloom and the sun shines down on this season of restoration, we can strip away that which hinders us from moving forward, and embrace the change that comes from letting go, knowing that He will carry us every step of the way.
As God’s children, he knows each of us intimately, from the inside out, and loves us unconditionally. That is something we can count on no matter what season we find ourselves in. As you step forward into the season of growth, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22
“Though the winter is long even richer
The harvest it brings Though my waiting prolongs even greater Your promise for me like a seed I believe that my season will come”
Bethel Music – Seasons
About the Author
Christine Carter is a working mom of a 12-year-old active son Marquis and has been married to her best friend Brent Carter for almost 15 years.
She attends Bethel: the Church at Philadelphia Mills, where she has been attending for almost 12 years.
She is currently a Quality Assurance Specialist at Gate 1 Travel in Fort Washington, PA. She resides in Levittown, PA, where she has lived for most of her life.
She is currently attending John Brown University’s online program where she is working on finishing a Psychology Degree which she began at JBU in NW Arkansas in the 1990s. She expects to graduate in May 2021.
She has always enjoyed writing, and poetry has been her method of choice. She believes that if you have a talent or a gift from God, or a desire to be used for His kingdom, He will make a way. You simply need to be willing.
You can read Christine’s Diary of a Prodigal Daughter column on the 3rd Friday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.