“You have stayed long enough at this mountain.  Turn and set your journey…See, I have placed the land before you; go in and possess the land” Deuteronomy 1:6-8

Change is inevitable.  Each day changes into the next, each day to the next month then year.

Winter becomes spring, and spring becomes summer, and it changes to the fall.

These changes are such a part of our lives that we notice them little.

In our lives we have seasons of marriage, birthing, journeying, the burying.

With each of these seasons of life there are miniature seasons circling within; rings inside of rings, constantly turning.

Years ago God had me in a season of solitude.  He pulled me away from friends, and even most of my family as I worked through the lessons He would have me know about singleness, single-parenting, trust for finances, faith in His faithfulness.    I think there is a very short list for those wishing to be in this season.

Right now I’m finding myself in a similar season.  He has pulled me back into a quiet place.   This is a place that is without planning events with friends, a place that is not in leadership, a place of solitude and, perhaps some sanctification.

I know my Lord well enough that if He has me is this quiet place then change is on the horizon, and this is how He gets me stocked-up for the journey.

The Lord kept the children of Israel in a season of being only with Him, to learn of him, to see him and to get ready to be His people in a promised land, before he brought them into the promise.  A type of solitude from the rest of the world.

I love how God chose this time of solitude to bring the gang together.  The Word, translated according to Diane Bailey says, that God brought them out in the desert and called them together for a project.

“While we are out here,” I can hear God say, “Let’s make a tabernacle.  You guys over there, you get the wood and make a box that we will cover in gold.  And you there, get your hammers and make some instruments for the temple.”

“And ladies, get out your needle and threads to make curtains and embroidery!  Let’s Go Team Israel!”

Are you in a season of change?  Has the Lord brought you into a place of isolation away from friends and hectic schedule?

Be encouraged, He will find a project for you to do while He begins to prepare you for your promised land, and as He reveals Himself to you.

“And He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.’” Mark 6:31

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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