Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A God for All Seasons by Patti Tingen

Hope for all seasons. Encouragement for all times. Love from God for all year.

“There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT)

As nature’s seasons change, so too do the seasons of our soul. But God’s love never changes. He is with us through every season of our lives. Through times of sorrow, times of joy; times of plenty, times of want; times of longing, times of contentment—God’s love never leaves us.

Join author Patti Tingen in a year of exploration, as she reflects on her own spiritual journey and provides hope and encouragement for yours—month by month, season by season. Find reassurance and pause for reflection in the inspirational readings for each month of the year. In winter’s darkest days—hope, renew, wait; in spring’s blossoming beauty—change, plant, trust; in summer’s wondrous warmth—give, celebrate, rest; in autumn’s colorful coolness—harvest, believe and thank.  

In all times and in every season—may you be blessed.

Book Trailer



Book Excerpt


Introduction

“There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to rebuild.  
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak up.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.”        
                                                            Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NLT)

Life is never static. Physical, emotional, financial and spiritual ups and downs are all a part of this journey called life. More than ever before, I’m seeing how God is with us for the entire journey, through all of the highs and lows.
The seasons of the year have often been used as pictures of life; I think the months are also such pictures. Walk with me through the seasons and their months, no matter where you need to start—by the calendar or by your life-season.
            Much of my adulthood has been peppered with a variety of struggles and times spent in the cold winter season. As I am now emerging into the warmth and light of spring, I’m realizing that I have learned well how to exist in the darkness. My desire is also to flourish in the blooming seasons.
Please join me in this year of exploration and reflection. May you find hope and encouragement in every month—and in every season.
It’s time.

WINTER


“As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” Genesis 8:22 (NLT)     

Snowflakes gently falling, icicles glistening, wood fires crackling… some of the sights and sounds of winter. Holiday celebrations and children cavorting in the snow can bring much laughter and joy to our souls. Some of my wintertime favorites include comfy sweaters, fuzzy blankets and a steaming cup of cocoa. And of course, a purring kitty to snuggle in my lap. All these help to warm my heart and lift my spirits.
            In many ways, winter is a beautiful season. It can also be a very difficult time to endure. The harsh winds, long dark nights and icy temperatures can leave us longing for the light and warmth of spring. Handling the physical aspects of winter is trying enough—but when we also “winter” spiritually, the darkness can become almost unbearable. This can be especially difficult if our “winter” continues on long past the season’s end date on the calendar.
            Whether we like it or not, we will continue to have winters—in one way or another. But there is much we can learn in winter that can’t be acquired in any other season. So in spite of the cold, in spite of the darkness, there is reason to not give up. For winter can bring us hope—it is a chance to renew—and it can be an occasion to wait.
            These are the times of winter.       

December: A time to hope

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

December—the season of joy. Perhaps for some. For others, it is a time of deep sadness, sorrow and hopelessness. According to the National Mental Health Association, more than one million Americans suffer from depression during December and more people attempt suicide in this month than at any other time of the year.
December surely can bring suffocating darkness. It can also bring an opportunity for hope. When the dark shadows close in around us, when all seems meaningless, when we feel like we cannot go on for one more moment—Jesus is our hope.
The Gospel of John tells us that Jesus is the light that the darkness could not overcome. “The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:4-5 (NLT)
Therefore, if Jesus lives in us—the darkness cannot overcome us either. It is in His name that we can trust, in His name that we can believe, and by His grace alone that we can find the courage to go on.

Moving from darkness to light can be a difficult process. But only when we have endured the blackest of nights and the darkest of days can we truly appreciate the light. For without the contrast, the brightness and warmth of better days are taken for granted and sorely underappreciated. 





About Patti:


Patti lives in beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her husband Doug and their cat Braveheart. Along with working full-time, she volunteers in various ministry positions at her church that include prayer, teaching and serving as an elder. Patti never planned to be an author but says, “Sometimes God has dreams for us that we know nothing about!”


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Patti Tingen is giving away a copy of A God for All Seasons. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)


Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello Patti. I like that scripture Phil. 2:14-15 Boy I sure fall short on that with no complaining. When I'm complaining tho, I usually think tho that it's much better than something else that could happen. But, I need to try to remember it. I think most of us could improve on that one. I enjoyed this article and would love to win your book. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Jackie McNutt said...

Patti, What a beautiful and heart warming book trailer! I love this book and plan on getting copies for family for Christmas for we all need the God of all seasons in our heart. I can't thank you enough
mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda Marie Finn said...

I think this book sounds so awesome and such a good read for us women. I would love to win a copy of it to read and review.
blessings
Linda Finn
faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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