Turn! Turn! Turn!

…(To Everything There Is a Season)

The 60’s folk rock band, The Byrds, sang a popular song which quoted the Book of Ecclesiastes:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

My life has experienced the reality of seasons, most notably the recent decision to step away from being the owner operator of a coffee shop on Pensacola Beach.

The last 4 years have been amazing and difficult, extremely satisfying, and extremely exhausting. Business ownership proved to be the greatest challenge of my life, as it tested and tried every part of me.

But, here I am, still standing and moving forward. I believe only the years to come will truly show all that I learned, what kind of impact we had on others’ lives, and the level of growth, wisdom, and understanding I gained through this chapter in my life journey.

I was impressed to return to my blog and overhaul it. There will be a redesign and then a relaunch. This will accompany my desire to get beck into the reading that I grew to love over the years, and renew my book review blogger status. So, stay tuned for blogs to re-emrge, and I hope you will join me in the next chapter. 🙂

Steve

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It drives me nuts!


Stress!
Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.

I don’t get stressed too often.
But when I do, man…

My shoulders get tense.
My head hurts.
I get really warm.
My neck gets stiff.
And my attitude gets… well… chippy.

You ever get that way, or know someone that does?

I get a little short about things that normally are not that big of a deal.
I get frustrated.
I drive my car faster.
I turn my music up — which is usually some sort of rock or techno, or super dramatic movie score…

Lately it’s been the soundtrack to TRON: Legacy by Daft Punk; which is a combo techno-score!
I’ve been listing to that a lot because 1) it’s really good, but also, 2) I’ve been noticing that the stress level has been higher.

As times get busy, and projects pile up, and time grows shorter and shorter, the stress level can kick into fifth gear.

Thankfully, I can turn to the Lord for all that I need to deal with the stress.

Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
Psalm 55:22

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.
2 Corinthians 4:8

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:4-9

Another thing that helps is getting alone… like, at the beach!
I love going to the beach to chill and unstress.

So, for those that sometimes get the poopy Steve… the one that is acting uncharacteristically like a snappy, unhappy idiot…
SORRY!

Just remind me to “keep putting into practice all that I have learned“! 🙂

Steve

  • Do you ever get stressed?
  • How do you handle it?
  • Do you often have to apologize for your attitude to others?
  • What is something you have learned to handle stress?

Can this be said of you?

This really pricked my heart tonight, and I wanted to share it with you.

Joseph, after being jumped by his brothers, thrown into a well, and sold into slavery, still managed a reputation of being prosperous due to his closeness with God.

Check it:

Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there. The LORD was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. Now his master saw that the LORD was with him and how the LORD caused all that he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge. It came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house and over all that he owned, the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph; thus the LORD’S blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field.
(Genesis 39:1-5 NASB)

  • Is it clear by your life that the Lord is with you?
  • Are you a blessing to your boss, friends, family, etc?
  • If you answered “No” to either of these questions, ask the Lord to show you what needs to change in order for the answer to be “Yes.”

Notice, circumstances don’t dictate whether one is blessed by God.

Rather, it where one’s heart lies.

Is your heart with the Lord? Your blessing is greater than your current situation; so remain faithful, and you will be exalted in due time!

In the meantime, be a blessing!

Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being Christian doesn’t cover up bad work. (Colossians 3:22-25 MSG)

Being challenged by The Word…

Steve