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Joyce Meyer - Embracing Every Season Of Your Life



So, tonight I'm going to teach on "Embracing each season of your life," every season of your life. I don't know about you, but I want to love my life. I mean, if I'm going to be alive and breathe, I want to love it. You can't just love parts of it. You can't love your life and just love parts of it. You got to learn how to embrace it all.

And the only way that we can ever embrace things that are painful, or seem unjust or unfair, or that we don't like is if we learn some secrets that the Apostle Paul talked about. He said, "I've learned the secret. I've learned," it's a learning process, "I've learned the secret of being content". And to be content doesn't mean you never want change.

Of course, we all have things in our life that we don't like, that aren't fair, that aren't right, and we want to see them change. But we can still be content and we can still have joy while God is working on those circumstances and situations.

And I'm going to say something, if we really trust God, I mean if we really trust God, so, we have to learn how to embrace not just the good things, but even the painful things, the unfair things. And I'm going to share with you tonight some of the secrets of how you can do that. Some of the things you're going to know, I'm just going to remind you.

First of all, I want to say let's get the words "I hate" out of our language. I hate to drive in traffic. I hate to do the laundry. I hate to cut the grass. I hate to clean the house. I hate my job. I hate the way I look. How can we ever expect to have a life that we love if we're going to hate everything?

That's a nasty word, I don't even like that word. I don't want to hate stuff. So, I started forming a habit several months ago of saying, sometimes I say it more than once a day, "I love my life. I love God. I love myself. I love my family. I love the work I do in ministry. I just love life".

And so, I want to encourage you to maybe take my practice Genesis 8:22, "While the earth remains, there'll be seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease".

Well, I don't know about you, but I would much rather have harvest than seedtime. 'Cause when it's seedtime, you're giving up something. When it's harvest, you're getting something. So, I like harvest.

Cold and heat, now different people are different, but I prefer heat over cold. Summer and winter, I like summer better than winter. And day and night, I like day probably better than night. And so, those are my preferences, but I don't get one without the other.

And somehow or another, by the grace of God, I hope that He uses me to get across tonight that if you keep thinking the only way you can ever be content and happy is when everything feels good and is the way you want it to be, then I mean, you are just really in for a rough ride.

I know because I tried that for a long time. I mean, you know, I come to you now after years of teaching the word, and I'm not coming to you with just something I got out of a book.

I mean, I've lived this stuff, and I started out a real mess and very unhappy. And I mean, probably just about any kind of problem you've got here tonight, I had it. And I'm really not exaggerating.

I mean, I was a mess. I was abused by my dad, abandoned by my mother, married the first guy that came along, he mistreated me, so I know what it's like to have a life that's all messed up. But I know that I know that I know that the Word of God works if you work the Word.

But it's so important for all of us to understand that it's not just hearing the Word that changes our lives. It's doing the Word that changes our lives. You can even have most of the Bible memorized and that in itself won't change your life if you're not willing to go out and do what you hear, amen? So, I think it's time to get about some doing. I want stability in my life, and I finally have it.
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