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Tending Change

It’s spring. This spring, however, is different from springs of the past. It is a new and different spring. 

I don’t know about you, but I love the change of season. I think I love the anticipation and expectations. I remember the beauty of the prior year and expect it all over again.  In spring, I look for the dogwood to put on its whimsical white blossoms. Summer brings fireflies and long days. Autumn...oh how it leaves me breathless! (my husband would be so impressed with the pun!) The leaves alone are worth reveling in, but add Thanksgiving to it and I just can’t even explain how much I adore autumn! Winter is usually a beautiful season of warm food, lots of family time, good books and great blankets. I expect to snuggle in and enjoy the season of hibernation.

But today, as I was reading through my PowerSheets, I read something I had written in December: 

New seasons can be just as beautiful, or more beautiful, than the ones that have passed.

Today, this truth seeded itself into my heart. So I will tend it this spring.

Usually, I look forward to all the consistency and sameness each season. But some years, the season is full of unexpected differences. My son graduated high school one spring. That spring was very different. It will never be repeated, and it was beautiful. The hot summer months with both children swelling my belly was different...but oh so beautiful. It was filled with joy and it was a hard, toiling time. Being ready to give birth in July and August in Texas is hard by itself, but a few minor health complications added to the toil of childbirth! Nonetheless, it was two of the most beautiful summers I have in my memory! 

I tend to struggle with change. I usually despise and resist it. Change tends to leave me ruffled and sometimes sad to boot. Ruffled because I like routine, consistency, and knowing what to expect. Sad because I catch myself longing for the beauty I once knew and have come to expect. 

I remember vividly when my kiddos were 16 and 12 and I struggled with the change of relationships and all the growing up that was happening. The difficulty was that I was resisting the change…the independent spirits, no legos, less tree climbing. Instead of enjoying this new season, I lamented…out loud, nonetheless…about how I immensely missed 7 and 3! I missed the pigtails and snuggle-toothed smile, and the freckles; oh how I missed the freckles that were fading fast. But in doing that I was missing the beauty before me, not to mention making my children feel that 16 and 12 was not as exciting or fulfilling to me as the past! I am so thankful to God for bringing this  attitude to my attention so I didn’t miss the whole transition. How sad it would have truly been if I had wished that year away!

Today when I reread what I had jotted down, it made me think about how I’m living right now. Am I seeing the beauty in this season, even in the hard things, the unexpected things? Am I missing today because I’m looking back at and longing for yesterday?  Am I ruffled about the changes ahead, or am I facing them knowing God is on my side and in Him, all thing work to my good and are beautiful?

I'm pondering these questions in my heart and laying them at the feet of Jesus. I want to be present and expecting now. I want to drink in the beauty of this season. How are you doing this spring? Is it as expected and you’re able to love the beauty in the flowerbeds and your life, or is change disheartening you and making you wish this season away? 

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To Everything Is A Season

Change is in the wind. I can smell it in the air and feel it on my face. Autumn is the beautiful transition as warm luscious summer gives way to the colder, yet still beautiful, winter season. There is a song that keeps playing in the soundtrack of my mind. I'm sure most of you will be able to hum along as you read the lyrics.

To everything - turn, turn, turn

There is a season - turn, turn, turn

And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die

A time to plant, a time to reap

A time to kill, a time to heal

A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything - turn, turn, turn

There is a season - turn, turn, turn

And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down

A time to dance, a time to mourn

A time to cast away stones

A time to gather stones together

To everything - turn, turn, turn

There is a season - turn, turn, turn

And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time of war, a time of peace

A time of love, a time of hate

A time you may embrace

A time to refrain from embracing

To everything - turn, turn, turn

There is a season - turn, turn, turn

And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose

A time to rend, a time to sew

A time to love, a time to hate

A time of peace, I swear it's not too late!

The Byrds: Turn, Turn, Turn (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

There is a season, God keeps reminding me, for everything under Heaven. I am thankful for the reminder.

As the leaves outside don their brilliant array of colors and the weather snaps a colder breeze, the physical changing of the season mimics my thoughts. There is such a bitter sweetness for me in Autumn. And so it is when I feel the Lord telling me that a season is coming to and end...it is always bitter-sweet. But just as autumn turns to winter in perfect time, so the Lord's timing in my life is perfect as well.

The trees finish their season in grace and beauty...it's their grand finale. I too, want to finish with a graceful grand finale as He transitions me into the next season He is already preparing. A pastor once told me that how you finish one area is how you will begin the next area. In other words, if we let the changing of seasons become ugly and bitter...the following season will be tainted by its ugliness.

A graceful grand finale...that is my desire as I move to the next season.

I so hope the fingerprint  I leave behind will be beautiful and grace-filled...not a bitter taste lingering. So I pray for graciousness, for wisdom, for Truth to reign supreme and above all...for God to work out the details. I don't know what God is planning...it's always something GREAT...but I am content and happy to follow. I struggle to stay focused on His will, at times...but that is part of being human. I am frustrated that I can't plan everything out...but that, too, is human. I want to quit early, earlier than His perfect timing as ordained...again, my flesh crying out to get its way. What good does it do to train for a race and only run 7/8th of it? NONE Good! (As I always say at home)

So I wait as my colors change and pray for a beautiful display for the grand finale.

How are you handling change in your life. Are you kicking and screaming? Do you feel Lost and Confused? Are you resting in His will? When God moves you, and He will, rest in knowing for everything there is a season.

How do I handle change? Three things must happen in my life for me to change gracefully.

  1. Resist the urge to entertain the enemy's lies that make me feel inadequate. "You couldn't hack it," or "So-and-so will be so much better at this." I must always remember that Satan is the Father of ALL lies.
  2. Stand firm against fearing the unknown. I intentionally take time to reminisce about what the Lord has already accomplished through me as I have been faithful in prior seasons.
  3. Ask the Lord for HIS perspective and rejoice with Him as he is moving me into a new and glorious season of life and service.

If you too, are feeling a season of change in your life...take a moment to rejoice that you are in His will and chasing after where He is working. Enjoy the change and rest knowing He is in control. May your transition be more beautiful as the Autumn leaves that usher in the new season.

To Everything...turn, turn, turn

There is a season...turn, turn, turn.

Katie

 

 

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The Light of Change

The vibrant and fiery colors of the trees are almost gone. In Texas, it takes until the end of November for this beautiful display to play out…I am thankful for the longevity.

As each new autumn rolls in, I notice. I notice what type of tree changes first. I notice their colors. I notice which side of the the tree turns first…and I take note of why.

As the sun peaks over the tree tops, the fiery leaves of the treetops are illuminated by the sun. As the sun’s radiant beams touch another tree as it’s shaft radiates through the various obstructions..another tree is changing.

Do you long to exude vibrant colors? Do you need change that is miraculous and beautiful? Do you want your life to stand out among the forest of trees?

Stand in the Light of the SON.

“In him was life; and the life was the light of men. Here was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.”

John 1:4, John 1:7-9, John 8:12,John 12:36, Ephesians 5:8, 1 Peter 2:9-10, 1 John 2:8

If you really want to shine with brilliant colors of LIFE…stay, abide, Live in the light of the SON of God…Jesus Christ.

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What Change Are You Resisting?

There has been lots of change occurring around here!  A new season is beginning in our home and I was reminded of this post.  I thought I'd share again...  

Change Resitant

I have always thought and said that I am a person resistant to change.  I was disgruntled when the Texas Rangers changed their colors and when they moved stadiums. I don't like when rules change, when my plans for a day are changed, when a new addition of a perfectly good book is released and I am now unfamiliar with its format or page numbers. You know...the small things that no one usually cares about!

But... this week I have been watching the beautiful color change happening outside.  Our trees are filled with vibrant golds, fiery reds and oranges, rich greens and regal burgundy.  I LOVE the change.  I love the way the air smells different and the north wind plays a different melody on my wind chimes.

Today I was thinking...I am NOT resistant to change.  In nature, it's what I love most! Spring and Autumn fill my heart with Joy as the trees and earth put on new clothes of color that give glory to the Master Artist...God.

Intentional Living

So what is it that I don't like about change?  Well...it's being out of control!  I don't like when I cannot control my environment.

The Lord is showing me...again through creation...that he is in control of everything!  He wants me to give it up...let go...let Him direct my path and order my steps so that I can enjoy the view.

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way." Psalm 37:23

I am letting go...trusting in Him who will direct my path...taking every thought of discontentment and frustration captive and punishing it to the obedience of Christ...I WILL walk in Joy and Peace...Will you?

Katie

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