New Life from Old Stumps

Today’s post is based on chapter 16 of my latest book, Newness of Life, recently released on Amazon. Get your copy this week for $2.99!

How is new life rising from old stumps in your current season?

What I’ve learned about stumps in the past 12 years of living in the woods is this:

New life will always sprout up if roots are intact.

The roots of our trees run deep, fifty feet or more.  Those roots enable the trees to leaf out season after season, bringing newness of life year after year.  Unless the roots are permanently severed, the power of life will keep pushing forward.

In my current season, writing is pushing forward.  It’s a dream I held since my early teen years, and after college, I put it on the back burner.  For decades, writing was an old, dormant stump that discouraged.

Last February I began blogging five days a week.  I’ve kept up that schedule for a full year now, and it’s proof newness of life is flourishing from the old stump of my dream to write.

But it’s not only due to willpower, or hard work, or determination.

My dream is coming to life because God’s timing has arrived.

He appoints all the hours, days, years, and seasons of my life.  I see now I could not have arrived at this season before going through all the others.  Even though I was discouraged in the past by the old stump, I now see the purpose of that season of dormancy.  That season was winter for my dream, and spring is now arriving.  I had to trust in God’s timing and watch for signs of new life.  I give Him all the praise for past seasons, my current season, and seasons to come.

Throughout the past three weeks, we’ve talked about lots of different seasons.  In the comments, I’d love to hear which season you identify with most.  Read through these past posts and let me know which one resonates most with you.

Trusting God in My Current Season

A Time to Sow New Seeds

A Time to Kill Hidden Sins

A Time for Crying and Laughing

A Time to Grieve, A Time to Dance

A Time for Blind Faith

A Time to Search

A Time to Keep, A Time to Throw Away

A Time to Tear, A Time to Mend

How to Love A Bully

A Time for War, A Time for Peace

Questions for reflection: (please comment below)

Which time has God appointed for you now?

Which of the posts listed above helps you most today?

Here are links to free resources that will help you in the online Bible study or personal study of Newness of Life:

Newness of Life Worksheets

Online Bible Study Reading Plan


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My new book Newness of Life will help you apply Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 so you can understand God’s plan in your current season.

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

No matter what season you are in, God is teaching you valuable lessons to grow your faith and trust in Him.  We will discover what God is saying through the different times and activities we traverse.

I look forward to hearing how God is working in your current life season.  I hope you will join in the fun and discussion on the online Bible study.

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  • Sarah, it is such a simple truth. One we know and often forget. “New life will always sprout if roots are intact.” God will bring life to dormant roots. So very grateful He does!

    • Sarah

      Grateful along with you, Joanne!

  • Sarah,

    Your words about your writing and the timing of God touched my heart. I needed to read that. I have been wrestling with the timing and the dedication argument in my heart and my head. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

    • Sarah

      Blessings to you as well, Dawn!

  • Mandy Hughes

    Wow, Sarah! This resonates so deep in my soul. Trusting that what I’ve planted will grow in due time can be hard. But with God as my all and all, I know I can endure the wait. I really enjoyed “Trusting God in My Current Season”. Visiting you here at Heart Encouragement Thursday 🙂

    • Sarah

      Thanks Mandy! I am glad for your visit, and for your feedback!

  • Sarah, I love your phrase, “My dream is coming to life because God’s timing has arrived.” Nothing beats being right in the center of His timing — and knowing it. — As far as the season I’m feeling — I’m just in a season of now. Not now as in “gimme now,” but now as in, “not rushing the plan, just doing the work He has for me today.” There’s a lot of peace in that. 🙂 — Good words today, Sarah. Thanks for sharing with #ChasingCommunity. ((hug))

    • Sarah

      Brenda, I’m always glad to link up with you! Thanks for reading.