I wrote this when I was pregnant with my first baby.  That was about 5 years ago now, but the principles in this post are still relevant and are such a great reminder to embrace this season regardless of the challenges we’re facing.

So, here ya go! A little note from a younger Cristina as I was getting ready to be a mama…

Whatever your season, identify where you are and lean into it, embrace it, roll up your sleeves and do the work required to excel through it. 

Take your deep breath as you sit back to enjoy the ride. Life is a series of seasons.  If we run the race of life the best we can in each season, we will get to the end with greater satisfaction. I outlined 5 steps that led me to this revelation.  I’m praying these 5 steps will help you recognize and embrace your own season.

1 Remember the BIG picture

Our lives are a fleeting vapor. We are like the flowers of the fields that are here one day and pretty soon are gone (Psalm 103).  Who do we think we are?  God is the only sovereign, almighty One!  He’s the One that holds everything together (Colossians 1).  We are invited into His big plan of knowing Him, making Him known, and advancing His Kingdom. We have the joy and privilege of being His kids.  Let’s not freak ourselves out over all the small things. Instead, we get to do our best and bring those things to the Lord!

2 Humble your heart

So many times, it’s pride that tires us out!  We run and run and run thinking that in our own strength we can accomplish all that we think we need to do.  Granted, we all need to be diligent and disciplined, however, we need to live life with the sober understanding that apart from Jesus we can do nothing (John 15:1-8).  Again, who do we think we are?  My mom would often remind me: “Cristina, you aren’t the messiah, Jesus is.  You are a servant.” What a difference!  Let’s humble ourselves and remember that we are only ordinary by ourselves.  It is Christ in us the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27)… He’s the one (not us) that makes us extraordinary.

3 Let God’s grace cover you

We mess up.  We stumble.  We learn through scraped knees and embarrassing moments.  God’s grace is big enough to cover each of us.  Thankfully, we can laugh at some of those memories now that we are on the other side.  Sometimes, though, we still wince when we think of the foolishness we’ve committed.  God’s in the business of making all things new (2 Corinthians 5:17).  Let Him pick you up from your shame.  Let Him dust you off, and affectionately slap your little rear end signaling you to get back in the game.  He calls you more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37).

4 Stop. Rest.

Sometimes we need a breather. Sometimes we’re straight up tired. We need a time out. Take it!  There’s nothing wrong with sitting the bench for a chance to refuel, regroup, and get ready to jump back in at the right time.

5 Listen and Prioritize

One of the best ways I improved as a soccer player was when I asked my coach during breaks “What could I be doing better?”  Thankfully, my coach was good at affirming me, but I truly wanted to know what I could improve.  We need to do this with our Heavenly Coach.  God sees the whole game. He sees things we don’t see and knows our strengths and weaknesses.  Listen to Him.  Especially in those time outs, those Sabbaths, take advantage of the opportunity to listen well to the One who knows best. Let His priorities be your priorities.  If you get back in the game with your own agenda, you are hindering your team, but if you humbly cooperate with the Coach’s agenda, everyone on your team wins!

Now get out there and give it your best.  Be in the season you are in.  Enjoy!