Monday, May 27, 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.

Patti Tingen

Patti serves as an elder at her church and has been involved in various ministries including prayer and teaching. Patti lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her husband Doug and their cat Braveheart.

Guest Post by Patti Tingen

I live in beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with my husband Doug and our cat Braveheart. Working full-time keeps me busy along with serving in various ministry positions at my church that have included prayer, teaching and serving as an elder. I love animals, music and nature. And I am humbled and amazed to have written two books. Sometimes God has dreams for us that we know nothing about!

What started out as a simple desire to preserve the stories of my incredible cat Knickerbocker, turned into something far greater than I would have ever imagined. My first book, He Was Never a Cat: Knick’s Story, My Story, Your Story, became an incredible adventure as I honed my writing skills and formed lasting relationships throughout the writing, publishing and marketing process.

A God for All Seasons came about as I reflected on my life’s journey, and in particular, considered our struggles over the past 15 years. Financial difficulties, physical illness, emotional hurts and more disappointment than I could fathom were some of what greeted my husband and me during those long, bleak years. But through it all, we pressed on in hope, persevered in faith and persisted in love. And God graciously and consistently provided, protected and loved us in return.

Looking back, I saw in a deeper way than ever before, that God was with me in every single situation. In every loss, every victory, every tear, and every joy—God was there. Step by step, our Lord walked with me through every season of my life. With new revelation, I understood that we truly have a God for all seasons.

As I have continued on my spiritual journey and allowed God to deepen my faith, I have seen how He has used my experiences to encourage and bless others. Through many teaching opportunities at my church, God has blessed my words of personal experience and testimony to impact others in a positive way. He has now transferred those spoken words to written text but my ministry remains the same—to use my life experience to teach, encourage and bless others through writing inspirational, non-fiction books.

"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 scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
     A time to embrace and a time to turn 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."
                                                    Patti Tingen

My Review:

May: A time to trust
"For the word of the Lord holds true, and everything He does is worthy of our trust."
Psalm 33:4 (NLT)

As I mentioned in March when I reviewed the first chapter, I am doing something a little different with this review. It is a book on seasons and there is a reflection for each month of the year. I didn't review April so I wanted to make sure that I got May in even though it is late in the month.  

Patti quotes Ecclesiastes 11:405 (NLT) and the quote resonated with something in my own life: "Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother's womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things."

We may be waiting until just the perfect time to make a decision in our lives or to do something we have been putting off. Who's to say that perfect time is not now? Maybe the perfect time will not have fireworks exploding in the sky. Maybe that perfect time will be the quiet unassuming Tuesday afternoon this week.

She goes on to say, "So it is with our spiritual lives. We can sow seeds, nurture growth in our own hearts and minds as well as the souls of others, but then comes the matter of trust. The time when we have done all we can and there is nothing left to do but stand. Stand tall and strong...and trust. This is not easy...When drought or floods come, when our tiny seeds of faith and hope are uprooted or choked by the troubles of life - worry and fear, rather than trust, tends to be our natural response. 

I really hope that you have purchased your own copy of Patti's book and are following along with me. I am spotlighting quotes that reached out to touch me in my own life, my own journey. I hope they will encourage you to highlight those which spoke to you.

"I noticed that the rainbow was in the dark part of the sky. The promise is found in the darkness."

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV)

I believe "give us this day our daily bread" is an encouragement for us to take one day at a time. Or in some situations, one hour or one moment may be all we can manage.  How many of us have been at this pivotal point where all we can manage is one moment at a time?

I hope you'll join me next month as I read and respond to June. 

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Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher, or PR firm. 

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