Jan Silvious inspires readers to have courage.
Jan Silvious, author and popular conference speaker, lends her ageless insights and wisdom with her newest, Courage for the Unknown Season. Here, Silvious offers an upbeat, eternal perspective on facing one’s future with a stalwart confidence in the sustaining power of Jesus Christ.
The author was personally motivated to write after having to abruptly adapt to her own small world changing quickly. “For several years, I met every Monday for Bible study, lunches, and fun get-togethers with a group of nine women. We, the Monday Girls, were a regular thing. It’s what we did. Then ‘things’ began to change. Three of the Monday Girls died in a short period of time. They all were younger than I am.”
Silvious (who turned 70 during this time) explains that everyone goes through seasonal changes sooner or later. To maintain health and keep going, it’s imperative to embrace “what’s next” and to be willing to change along with whatever that happens to be.
‘TRUST THE LORD’
Silvious challenges Christians to make trusting the Lord their main focus. The author explains how she has honed her courage as needed. “Bible study has anchored me in who God is and the things for which I can depend on Him. Living life has given me a history to which I can refer in times of need. I can always ask myself, ‘Has He ever failed you?’ and the answer is always ‘No.’ He may not have responded to my ‘asks’ as I might have liked, but He always handled the situation in the best possible way. I may have only recognized that years later, but He’s always done His part and I can look back satisfied that His ways are best.”
‘A GRAND TAPESTRY’
Another ongoing thread that Silvious weaves throughout her text is that of viewing all of life as a grand tapestry woven and orchestrated by God. She explains that learning about the soverienty and character of God has kept her steady during seasons that felt out of control.
“I don’t have to fix, arrange, manipulate, create, or be anxious. God has it, and He’s weaving the tapestry,” she says. “If I start trying to rearrange the threads to my liking, I will mess up the picture and tangle the threads. He’ll just have to do a lot of unweaving and teaching me, so I will ‘be still.’”
‘EVERY SEASON A GIFT’
In line with this message to trust in the Lord, Silvious wants readers to understand that every person is given a single life, but within the confines of that life are many seasons. She hopes that readers will view every season as a gift from the Father and encourages them to not “get too comfortable in any one season because any day there could be a change. If we cling too tightly to ‘the way things are,’ then ‘what’s next’ might be too hard to accept. It’s at that point we hang on too tightly and become stuck. ‘What might have been’ becomes overwhelming and we miss the fragrance of ‘what is,’ even if it seems overwhelming. Remember God has already lived the ‘what’s next’ and has it under control. In this knowledge, there is peace.”
‘REACH ACROSS GENERATIONS’
As believers age, Silvious observes that some may view the growing divide between themselves and their younger counterparts as a gap too wide to bridge. She suggests learning to listen to the younger generation’s stories and to demonstrate encouragement, interest, and nonjudgmental love. Silvious writes, “Everyone wants to be heard and loved and I think doing those two ‘acts’ can go a long way toward reaching across the generations.”
Silvious also suggests that today’s Christian bookstores work hard to keep their stores interesting and interactive.
“It’s a real test,” she says, “but the Christian bookstore is not ‘your mother’s library.’ It’s a new, creative, innovative place of interaction. Oh, the work, but such a store will thrive.”