A New Season

Every year I ask God to give me a word and a verse for the year. This year, the Lord gave me the word new and this verse from Isaiah.

Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:19

This year has brought many bends in the road, unexpected events, a wilderness, deserts, roadways, and refreshing rivers, just the like the promises from this verse.

Over a week ago, I returned from an amazing photography experience at Glacier National Park in Montana. I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot photography with Nikon legend, Bill Fortney and the His Light Workshop team, along with beloved author and pastor, Dr. Charles Stanley. We traversed the amazing landscapes of this expansive national park and I was just blown away with God’s majestic beauty.

The day I took this photo, we moved from one season to another, from beautiful green foliage and lakes, to snow falling at Logan’s Pass, and on to rain and flowing rivers. And on that same day, my life moved to a new season, as I received the word that my father went home to be with the Lord. The news was bittersweet for me as my father has suffered greatly from cancer, and now I know he is free from pain and in the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now my father is safely home and what a comfort for his daughter who loves her dad so much.

Paul encouraged his disciple, Timothy, to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season … be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:2, 6). These words are absolutely essential for all of us and encourage me in this new season of life.

For the Lord has a ministry laid out for me and I must continue to fulfill that ministry. Yesterday I gave a message on what it means to follow Jesus to the women of our church. And in two weeks I will be challenging hundreds of women in Oregon with messages on personal, spiritual revival.

When God gave me the word new for this year, He had more in mind that I understood at the time. I didn’t know it would include the loss of my earthly father. But the Lord is indeed even now making a roadway in the wilderness and pouring rivers of living water into my heart through the power of the Spirit. New seasons of life bring new adventures and, by the grace of God, I will “be ready in season and out of season” and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, I will fulfill my ministry.

Dear friend, whatever season of life you are in, be encouraged. God will empower you in that new season to carry out all that is needed to fulfill your ministry.

He promises.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


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  • Title: First Snowfall
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  • Description: The first winter snowfall in Logan’s Pass in Glacier National Park, Montana.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 09/29/13
  • Camera: Nikon D7000, 18-105mm lens
  • Photoshoot: Bill Fortney’s PhotoShoot in Glacier National Park, Montana.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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