The In-between. Reaping.

(This series of devotionals spanned over a three year period of my life. I wrote out of truths that God shared with me throughout every season of this process. I love how he brought this all together and I pray that you will receive encouragement from what he allowed me to experience. Praise His Name!)

There is nothing quite as satisfying as living something you love. That does not necessarily make it easy, but it does make it very enjoyable. This is where I find myself after the in-between. I am in a season of reaping, a season of production, and I want to take a moment and just praise the Lord for that.

Aren't the days of lives marked by each season, each phase and each chapter? You find yourself consistently going in and coming out, beginning or finishing, or just surviving the smack middle of whatever circumstance the Lord has placed you in and we are so diligent to recognize the insecurities, the heartaches and even the release. But let's talk just a minute, or maybe an hour, about the harvest.

I mentioned I felt like I was in a season of reaping and I truly mean that. I have survived the infant, toddler, pre, elementary, middle and junior high school years with all my children, but one, and am reaping the benefits of persistent work. Let me specify, persistent not perfect work - we can talk about that later - and I am absolutely loving this almost grown stage of parenting. It really is such a delight. Once again, it's not perfect or easy, but it is extremely satisfying.

The same holds true for my marriage. Can someone please stand in solidarity with me and confess just how difficult marriage is?? We have been married for almost 24 years and are still working things out. Why? Because consistently putting someone else first is not my default method, but I will say, and Michael will agree, that we have really, intentionally worked hard on some areas the past couple of years and we are in the midst of a fantastic season. We laugh often, take offense less and just overall like each other more. You married folks will understand what I mean by that. We are in a beautiful time of reaping.

And ministry. Oh me. I really never thought I would be where I am right now, busy doing ministry. It simply was not on my radar. But God lovingly pulled, and let's be honest, most of the time drug me to a place where only he could take me.

I have a friend who always asks me great internal questions. Ones that I did not know I needed to ask myself. He does it in such a way that encourages while revealing areas that need prayerful processing. For the latest question he asked me to contemplate one area of