Shabbat Shalom

Dear Family,

Callie and I just got back from a wonderful time in the Negev (southern desert in Israel) where we attended a wedding of a good friend. It was the first time that Callie had seen the Negev and she loved the peaceful spirit that rests on that blessed part of Israel. We were greeted by a herd of gedis (wild goats) who walking around our guest house. The Negev is a place where you truly feel that you are a guest in the wild landscape you see. You feel like you are foreign to it, but it welcomes you to experience its color and its life. The pressure we feel living in Jerusalem fell off when we where there and we were able to relax. Israel is an amazing place and if you have never been, I do hope you try to make the trip. The Lord's Spirit continues to move over this Land, preparing for the time when all the promises made to Israel will come to pass. May it be soon Lord!

Bless the Lord for His times and His seasons! In Ecclesiastics, we read about how everything has its season and I have been blessed recently by reflecting on what that means. Our natural seasons carry with them their natural beauty along with the difficulties you may face. I don't know about you, but the changing of the season for me is always bittersweet. There are new things that we can look forward to, but there are always things that we leave behind with each passing season. It is so important to know how things need to change to meet what the new season brings. If you are caught in spring with only winter clothing, you will have a very uncomfortable time. It also makes no sense to try to use your winter clothes and your summer clothes when June rolls around. As in the natural, so it is in the spiritual. We must know what season the Lord has us in. This is a fairly common preaching within the Body, but the teaching rarely pays attention to this aspect of the season. There are many within the Body who are caught unprepared because we have no idea what season the Lord is bringing them into. They are comfortable with the way this season is going, and they don't seek the face of the Lord to see if He has a new season for them. Settling into the season is one thing, but refusing to leave the season which we find comfortable is another.

There are others who are trying to take the things with them that were useful in a different point in their walk, but have absolutely no use now. Their season has changed, and they want to walk in the new season, but they don't want to leave behind the things the Lord provided for in the previous season. When someone gets married, they must leave the season of "singleness" behind. All the independent decisions, social life, and single living tendencies need to be left behind so that the married couple can truly act as "one flesh". Two people within this union who are still acting as though they are single will eventually devastate the relationship. The Lord is taking us all on a journey through His set seasons that He has ordained for us. We must be willing to enter fully into the new season when He tells us it is time to change. We must also take on the new things He has for us and leave those things He is calling us to leave. Blessings to you!

Devin and Callie

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