Thursday, August 21, 2014

Seasons of Change



 

"Beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but it's what's in the middle that counts.

So when you find yourself at the beginning, just give hope a chance to float up. And it will."

 


Living in the Northern part of the United States throughout my entire life, the changing of the seasons has always been something that I looked forward to with great anticipation.

Spring.

Summer.

Fall. 

Winter.

Each season offering unique beauty — ever changing scenery, beginnings and endings and beginnings again.

The budding of the trees at the first sign of Spring.

The blossoming of flowers and all things green with warm Summer breezes.

The vibrant colors of the changing Fall leaves.

The first blanket of snow as we see our breath against the cold winter air.

So many breathtakingly beautiful changes!

However, some changes are uninvited and possibly even painful — then there are times when change is welcomed but seems as if it will never come.

Last year was one of the most grueling winters I can remember — the bitterly cold temperatures combined with the record snowfall suggested an endless, boundless season of hibernation.

It was the first time that I questioned why I continued to live in this God-forsaken place (can you feel the desperation in those words?) and the first time that I began to lose hope of the new beginning that Spring had always promised.

I, like so many others, had become so very weary. Just when it seemed as if winter was about to let go of it’s icy grip, we were hit with another arctic blast! Polar Vortex — we became quite familiar with that term.

To be honest, I’m not even sure when it happened, but Spring finally arrived and along with it — Hope.

Hope of an end to what had been.

Hope for a new beginning.
 
A fresh start.

A clean slate.

Sometimes the seasons of life become almost unbearable and we’re tempted to lose hope as our circumstances seem to endlessly endure — it’s as if we come out of one storm and are immediately hit with another and during those times we’re convinced that there is no hope in sight.

If you find yourself in a difficult season I encourage you to hold on.

Keep pushing through.

Stand firm.

Stay strong. 

When you feel like you can no longer stand, fall to your knees and cry out to Jesus — the One who will either give you strength to endure whatever you're going through or who with one breath brings winds of change and the hope of a new beginning.

 
 Give hope a chance to float up.

 
 
 
1 Peter 5:10(NIV)
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while,
will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
 
 
 
Daniel 2:21(NKJV)
And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

8 comments:

  1. So much here I love. The quote that you open with is absolutely true and beautiful. Fall is my favorite season, though I do love that we have four seasons. Your writing is beautiful. Love that you share Jesus and your heart here!

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    1. Thank you Rhonda! Fall is my favorite too :) Thanks so much for your encouraging words! I'm thankful to be here :)

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  2. I love this! I am in a season of change myself.

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    1. Thanks Kim!! Me too and I'm so thankful for God's grace and that His mercies are new every morning!! :)

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  3. Loved this and needed it so much today. Thank you Lanette!

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    1. Thank you Tammy :) so glad you stopped by!!

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  4. Oh Friend.... Thank you. This week there were so many times I thought could no longer stand. Yet, HE strengthens me. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Keep them coming.

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    1. Me too friend, me too! Praying even now <3

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