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Day 12 of 40 of Teshuvah

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A Season in Time


A time of reflection

A time to assess,

What is working well?

What is causing duress?


A time of reflection

Take time to inspect,

Is my life bearing fruit?

The kind He expects?


I’m not to compare

Or look at another,

Not to be jealous

Nor envy a brother.


I am only measured

By His perfect design,

So I must assess this heart

Never allow for decline.


Oh my soul, listen,

Align with His word,

Become a doer

Of what ears have heard.


A season in time

Set aside for reflection,

This is my heart check up,

And I have no objection?


Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 August.



Day 12 of 40 Days of Teshuvah

Setting aside a time for reflection after the sin, and ‘returning’ for a time to make plans for continuing on forward together. Teshuvah is about right relationship with our Father God, and our Lord Jesus Christ, through His Holy Spirit, it is not about religion or keeping a law. God had already purposed in His mind that His relationship with mankind would continue. Even after mankind grieved him in his heart, God didn’t completely give up on us. We see that Christ was slain from the foundation of the earth.  From the beginning God had a plan and He still does.  He has a plan for your life and for my life. Thank You Father that you never give up on us. If we have a stirring in our heart, it is from Him.

I pray we don’t miss our appointment. I heard a preacher that I like, make this comment the other day. He stated that these festivals and seasons are not necessary any longer. He said that it was no longer necessary to look at or to study and delve into our Jewish roots. I am pretty open minded about issues surrounding the feast but I am set with His words concerning these seasons and His Holy Convocations. (I will tell you more about that later). But I know my Savior is definitely Jewish. Our Jewish brothers and sisters have been our time keepers by protecting the law. For this alone we should thank our Father God everyday. Each of us has measures of time keeping. You probably know what time of the day it is right now. We each have gauges and markers. In our vehicles we have fuel gauges that measure how much fuel is in the tank. With technology increasing rapidly newer vehicles tell us how many miles we can travel on the amount of fuel in our tank. Doesn’t all of creation show us His ways? So could it be that we also have gauges in our spirits and in our souls to tell us what time it is. Doesn’t Ecclesiastes tell us, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

I prayed and sought the Lord concerning this pastors thought and his opinions. I never want to be off or too mislead others. The Lord reminded me that even though an apple tree is an apple tree, it still must go through seasons. As long as the tree is alive the seasonal cycles will continue year after year. The seasons set by our Lord are seasons that are set. Once determined who we belong too, growth by seasons and cycles will still be necessary. This is how we grow and mature and are able to bear much fruit. If a tree doesn’t continue to grow the branches cannot become stronger, thus being able to bear much fruit. Read John chapter 15.

We read in Genesis chapter 6 that there was a time God Himself had to repent. Thank goodness Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. (Genesis 6:6-8).

We can see and understand when we read the word of God that sin isn’t what will stop the plan of God. We see and understand that God will allow a time of repentance before bringing judgment on His people. One of his attributes, God shows Moses is that He, God, is long suffering. Then we read four thousand years later as Peter expounds on God and His graciousness toward mankind.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promises, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9-10).

A season in time, a time to come away; so simple yet poetic? These phrases consisting of four/five simple words just rolls off the tongue. Isn’t it awesome how words have the ability to stir our feelings and emotions? How is it that words have this power? It is because God spoke the entire universe and everything we see with our natural eyes into existence with His spoken word. God breathed words bring forth life.

Words indeed have the power to go into the recesses of our minds and speak to us at our very core, and to address the issues affecting our soul?  Scripture tells us, good words are like medicine and sweeter than the honeycomb, while explaining that cruel and hurtful words are rottenness to the bones. Yet the phrase, a season in time is deep and romantic, intimate and intriguing all at the same time.  Don’t you agree that these words have the rhythm of an entry into a love letter or a love song?

And I say to you, it is both a love song and a love letter. Because of our Lords great love for us, He set a season to meet with us, to talk things over that we may gain a deeper understanding of Him and His deep love toward us. Teshuvah is a time to read His word and to a time for reflection of our lives, while searching our soul. Teshuvah falls during the month of Elul and is a set time of introspection and soul searching.

It is like going away for some alone time to discuss a pressing issue, one that has to be addressed. It can be seen as a set apart time between covenant partners, such as a husband and a wife. It is making an appointment for a time to talk face to face about the dangers threatening to ruin the covenant between one another.

Just as God had to be looking for Noah in order for His eyes to see Noah and for Noah to find grace in God’s eyes, we too are being sought after. God is looking! For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. 2Chronichles (16:9)

Dear Heavenly Father, help me to place a guard over my heart and over my mind. Lord I ask You to forgive me for any actions that have hurt You and grieved Your Holy Spirit. I want my heart to be fully committed to You alone. When Your eyes are searching, I want you to see that my heart is fully committed to You. I need Your help. Father I want a clean heart that trusts in You and I want to understand You more. I long for a deeper more intimate relationship with You Father God.  Jesus I know You have the words of life and I desire to have them also. Jesus when Your words became deep many other disciples left You. You in turn ask Your disciples if they were leaving also. Peter knew You had the words of eternal words of life and there was nowhere else to go. (John 6:65-69)  Jesus I believe You are the son of the living God. Lord draw into a deeper relationship with You through Your Holy Spirit. Amen

A season in time

Set aside for reflection,

This is my heart check up,

And I have no objection?


God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette