A heart that has hope in the Lord is a joyful one because joy doesn’t rely on circumstances to be present!Anita seaborne
Every season does indeed count and this one has been an amazing one that’s taught me so much about faith, community, and love, but it’s my time to move on from Every Season Counts. I have loved every second of it, being able to share what the Lord has spoken to me with so many of you has been an incredible experience (one I’m very grateful to have had!). Since joining the team in May 2020, I’ve built some valuable relationships with the other girls. I’ve felt so blessed to have such a close insight into how the Lord has grown in all of them and what He’s revealing to each of them; This truly is a wonderful team! It’s sad to be leaving, but I’ve felt it’s time to move on. I have every faith that Lydia and the other girls will continue doing an amazing job and I can’t wait to see the future plans they have in store coming to fruition!
If I could condense down everything I’ve written over this last year or so and give you one piece of advice it would be this:
Learn to have a Heavenly perspective and keep your eyes on Jesus constantly.
What I mean by that is that you should constantly be incling your heart to Jesus throughout every season of life. Whether you’re going through the most joyous time or the lowest low, keep your eyes on Him. A heart that has hope in the Lord is a joyful one because joy doesn’t rely on circumstances to be present! I would also encourage you not to seek a state of constant happiness because that’s unrealistic, seek joy. Happiness, like sadness, is an emotion that will fluctuate so as human beings it wouldn’t be natural for us to have a constant state of happiness. However, joy is a mindset; You can choose to see the goodness in every situation.
“But what about the times when there is LITERALLY nothing I can see to be joyful about??”
Well, count the lesson as joy because – if you keep leaning on Jesus – it’s moulding you to be a better reflection of Christ. That being said, it wouldn’t be right for me not to end with my favourite verse:
James 1:2-4 [NIV]
‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.’
Finally, I just want to say a huge thank you to all of you viewing what I’ve been writing. I pray that it’s blessed you in some way, I’ve truly loved sharing what God’s shown me with you all. My faith has grown so much since being a part of this community and I’ll definitely be continuing to tune in to the other girl’s posts still!
Love you all so much!
Anita is such a joy and has truly been such a wonderful part of the ESC team. She has brought so much wisdom and beauty with the words that she has written. I know that her posts have spoken to many, many people and will continue to do so on so many levels. You can view all her posts HERE. Anita, from us all at ESC, thank you for your beautiful and wise words. We are praying for the future God has in store for you.