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Ecclesiastes

The bible may be old, but it works. That is what my pastor says. Ecclesiastes third chapter is titled Everything in God’s Own Time.

“Everything has its own time, and there is a specific time for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to pull out what was planted,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build up,

a time to cry and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to hug and a time to stop hugging,

a time to start looking and a time to stop looking,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear apart and a time to sew together,

a time to keep quiet and a time to speak out,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

I think for most of us we have been through all these time. Lately, I have been through all these time in the last six months.

a time to be born and a time to die,

This doesn’t always have to be a physical birth or death. What if it was a new season in your life? What is it was it a change in your life and you had to mourn your old life. in 2017 I went through this new birth, a severe change that forced me to give up my old ways of eating and living. I went through a mourning process because my life was so different I didn’t see it as my life. It wasn’t my life but it needed to be my new life. God pushed this change on me so abruptly I was in shock for months. I am slowly adjusting to my new life and learning to live again,

a time to plant and a time to pull out what was planted,

If you are ever gardening and unsure what is a weed and what is a plant, the plant comes out fairly easy. The weed, on the other hand, is pretty rooted in its places. 2018 is a time for me to plant new relationships, new gardens, and water them and see how they grow. It is also probably time to remove some of those more invasive plants or thin them out. Definitely, time to pull the weeds out by the roots and spend more time tending to my gardens.

a time to cry and a time to laugh,

To be a mentally  stable problem we have to let our emtions show, both sides. Equal parts of crying and laughhing are good for thhe soul. Not all crying comes from a sad place. I will actually laugh until I cry and cry until I laugh. There are times when I should be crying but I know It will take more out of me and there is no point so I just laugh. I find laughing is a better way tto release tension and other people start to laugh and the worl looks a liitl brighter.

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

I spent a good deal of time in 2017 mourning my old active life, nut no one I need to dance and celebrate my life. The life I still have, that I am blessed, and that I am learning to use to help others. If you have ever watch Grey’s Anatomy when things just to be too much the get up and dance it off. I find myself dancing it off several time a week. It is a good release. Learn to balance the sad and the happy. We can visit the sad place but it is not a place you want to set up camp or live. Learn to dance.

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

This goes great with the KonMari process I recently posted about. There are things we are holding onto in our lives that we should be letting go of. Why are we holding on it, the item itself hold no memory, we hold the memory. Are we holding onto these things to fill a hole in our lives? I we holding on because we feel it validates us as a person? It is ok to keep things, but why are we keeping reciepts from 1977 for a pair of shoes we no longer have? Time to look at why you are really holding on to that and maybe let go.

a time to keep quiet and a time to speak out,

I once read a book called Keep It Shut, I learned that sometimes it is better to not speak. When we do speak we need to ask ourselves if what we say will be grace filled or if they need to be said. Sometime it is better to leave things unsaid if we can not approach them in a way that is not hurtful to the recieving person. Remember we are not God and our words need to show that. We must remember and ask Is it true? Is it Kind? Is it necessary?

a time for war and a time for peace.

This day and age I feel like there are those out there in the world constatly looking to create war. I find that war wears you down and drains you. I would much rather fight for peace, learn how to generate peace and make it part of my life. Going through life if a peaceful state is much easier than always beiing mad witha resting * face. I hope you take away something from this and make your day and the people in your life a little better.

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