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Ups and Downs

By Jeff Roman

Hebrews 6:19. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. 

Wow, we are right in the middle of winter time. Some say that we are on the downhill side. After coming to work today and it’s below zero with the windchill it doesn’t feel like it’s on the downhill side. 

Really, there is no hunting season going on. There is very poor ice, if any ice left, even after I just said it’s below zero this morning. There just isn’t much going on. I guess we could be working on our tackle and equipment and getting it ready for the upcoming season. But for some reason I'm just not into it. 

Ecclesiastes 3:1. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 

All the seasons that we endure all year long and in our life we seem to have ups and downs. Some hunting seasons are very bountiful, while others produced very little, if anything. Fishing season can be feast or famine. If we are a tournament angler there are some seasons the trophies just pile up and other seasons they are few and far between. Like the fish we are chasing!

But what do we do as outdoorsman during these down times, during the seasons that are not so good. We have to immerse ourselves in to what we are doing. We have to read more, learn more, practice more, be more in tune to what we are navigating in. We have to jump in with both feet and use our heads and get our minds and bodies going in the right direction to lift ourselves up out of those downturns. We have to have a positive attitude knowing that it will turn around. And keep working in that direction.

Joshua 1:9. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Just like everything else we do in life our spiritual life has seasons to. It seems to have ups and downs. And when we get into that downtime when we do not feel connected to the Lord or we just do not have the sense that He is near us we have to work harder at it. We have to work harder for Him. We have to immerse ourselves into His words. We need to be doing the things that draws us closer to Him. We need to pick up His word, The Bible ,and read. We need to be reading devotionals every day. We need to be looking for people who will also help bring us closer to Him. Being around like-minded Christians so even though we’re not hearing His word we will be seeing His word. There is an education process here too, we need to be educating ourselves and we do that by getting to know Him better through His word and through the acts of those around us. So if you’re going through a downtime in your spiritual life look for something to read there is a lot of reading material out there. Look for someone to talk to. And remember, The Bible is a great place to start.

Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer, my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!

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