Time to be ready

autumnal trees

A new season starts and we wonder if we are ready for all it may entail.

The wind of change blows strong and all that we knew before is carried on its current into the Past.

Like the ever-changing seasons of life,  we too have seasons of the soul.

Maybe you’re in a preparation period, time to till the ground, turn over the soil and ensure it is in a receptive state to welcome and receive.

Maybe you’re readying yourself to sow some faith seeds in anticipation of a harvest to come.

Or could this be the period when God’s promises to you will finally be fulfilled?

Sometimes it feels like we spend forever in a waiting season, getting colder, battening down the hatches and hibernating.

We need reminders that there are cycles of change, life will bloom again and hopes will be met.

Aslan is stirring and Spring is coming to a land long-starved of joy and light.

Faith and hope will be brought to life again, and all that we have hung onto which doesn’t fit who we are in Christ will die a slow death as we co-operate and co-labour with God in the process.

I’m in a new season in many senses of the word and these things hang heavy in my soul.

And as I’ve thought and prayed I sensed God asking us, His church, the Bride of Christ, to make herself ready for His return.

To keep the flame alive, hold on to the hope that is in us.  He is at the door of our hearts.

We are the Light-bearers and Good News sharers to a dark and needy world.

We are the ones who live ever-hopeful of seeing the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

We are destined to be united in heart, mind and purpose  (in all the things that truly matter) as His children and His body on the earth.

Are we ready, friends?

‘Be ready’

Try to remain steady

as I’m making you ready

Preparation is a key part

of a transformed mind, life and heart

My best work cannot be rushed

and your soul must be hushed

to be receptive to My voice

Listen, sow,then you’ll rejoice

All of your life is open, laid bare

I see those things you willingly share

and others you try to hide away

will be brought forth in the light of day

No stone will be left unturned

in a heart that has yearned

to be touched and healed by Me

that longs above all to fly free

Before I can give you wings to fly

you may have unreleased tears to cry

as I seek to uncover and unearth

all that’s tethering you to earth

My will is for you to rise and shine

to reveal grace, to be wholly Mine

Come, My child, take My hand

This is time to be ready, here I stand


Linking my poem here with  Kate and other bold and brave writers  for #FMF as we go with the flow on the topic of ‘Ready’.

Also  joining with Jennifer as we #tellhisstory , with Mel for #essentialfridays and  with fellow writer friends, grace dwellers and sisters in Christ as we seek to live for Him and make Him known.

Ibis in Flight

12 thoughts on “Time to be ready

  1. I loved this! The deep words you shared, your poetry, resonated so much with those same whispers, those same promises. I was talking with my daughters today: The Holy Spirit gives comfort, not makes us comfortable.

    • Thank you, Leah! It’s amazing how often God draws our attention to a theme time and again to make the words hit home, isn’t it? You are right to say, “The Holy Spirit gives comfort, not makes us comfortable” and we do well to remember such truth when life is challenging. Blessed by your visit, friend. 🙂

    • Tessa, I am delighted and humbled to have been used to bring a reminder about seasons of preparation your way as you read this post. Poetry speaks soul to soul and connects us heart to heart. If you have found a word for you here then that means its work is done. Thanks very much for stopping by. Do feel free to come again! Bless you, friend. 🙂

  2. So heart-stirring, hope-filled, and gently persuasive to let go of all that doesn’t fit with who we are in Christ. This verse especially touches my heart:
    “Before I can give you wings to fly
    you may have unreleased tears to cry
    as I seek to uncover and unearth
    all that’s tethering you to earth”
    Makes the tears flow. I’ve been asking God for these things, but I know they will not come without more tears. And yet, I long that nothing hinders me from living in the fullness of His love. Thank you, Joy, my friend in Christ. Hugs!

    • Oh, Trudy, you and I both! Freedom can feel hard to achieve but It will come. God’s word reassures us of that fact. One day we will fly free of all that holds us captive here, and rise above our painful circumstances. For now, we fly into the Lord’s embrace, are captivated by His love and given freedom to be over-comers by His grace. Blessings, hugs and prayers to you, my friend. 🙂 Xx

  3. Lovely visit with you today, Joy! I was especially touched with this post as God has placed me on the threshold of a HUGE and long awaited for work. Decades in the making – I had many times thought it passed me by. The bud is yet to bloom – it has water and sun yet to absorb. But – the bud is finally there! And, yes – God is moving! I want to function to the fullest He has called me to!

    • Thank you for returning the favour, Kathryn. I enjoyed reading your words today. It’s good to see you and to hear that this post has spoken to you. I can relate to the decades of waiting for life to bloom anew and I’m excited by the news of things stirring for you in this season. When God is moving there is no stopping the blessings from flowing! May you truly walk into your calling and be fully anointed for all that lies ahead. Blessings to you, friend. 🙂 x

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