Spring is in full swing. After the long winter, finally the sunshine wrapped us with its warmth, melting the frozen ground, and awakening the new season. The sweet family of swallows found the way back to their little home at the end of our deck. In just two weeks’ time, the ground that was once white is now green, and the leaves are bursting forth out of the branches that were barren and drab, stretching towards the sunlight and welcoming its return. With my mud boots on and my husband’s old flannel shirt keeping me warm, I walked around our property cheering on all the new things bursting out of the ground! “You did it!” I wanted to say, after a winter where we saw over 40 degrees below freezing temperatures. The new little plants that I recently gave a home to last summer, made it! The earth is singing, spring- a new season, a new day, a new hope, a new promise, a new excitement for life that survived even the most difficult of circumstances.
Spring is a gentle reminder that we are not in control. For spring is one of the most drastic changes to our landscape that we can do absolutely nothing about. We can’t tell the rain to come, or the sun to shine. We cannot control when the snow stops and the flowers bloom, yet everything works exactly as it should. In all my 37 years of life in Montana and Idaho, I never went a single year without a spring. Every year, the grass turns green, the flowers bloom, the leaves follow an extravagant pre-show of blossoms bursting with color. The frozen lakes and ponds melt, the birds come home, and spring has always done what it was intended to do. When we completely, unquestionably trust God in change, in seasons, in growth, we do not miss the beauty of it in the worry but enjoy the details and peace in the process.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens Ecclesiastes 3:1
It’s easy for all of us to be comfortable with familiarity; not always welcoming change. A few weeks ago, I felt the Lord remind me of some things He has been wanting me to work on, but my familiar routine and things I am comfortable with has kept me in a season of complacency. For there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens (Ecclesiastes 3:1) and I feel a new season ahead. After 122 Monday’s, this will be my last Monday post…..for now anyway. I love to write and encourage you all in the faith. I love spending my weeks praying and asking God what is on His heart for this Monday. I have grown, I’ve been stretched, and I have had such a wonderful time in this season of trying to give some encouragement in a dark and difficult world. The blog has had over 11,500 views since I began my journey of writing, and let me say, “this is only the beginning, for a new season is coming!” How beautiful it is when God takes us on another adventure of uncomfortable, Ha! But just as spring comes every year, His faithfulness is constant and His hand will always guide us on every part of every journey that we take. Do you trust Him in your season, and dreams? Do you trust Him to dive into ALL that He has for you and desires of you? Change comes whether we are ready for it or not, but in the change comes something beautiful, we look less like us and more like Jesus. We surrender our plans and trust His. Let us all welcome change as we welcome spring, and trust God for new hopes, new dreams, and new beginnings.
Thank you for ALL your encouragement, prayers, emails and messages! What a delightful thought to think maybe just one of you has been encouraged by the Monday devotionals. I pray that God blesses you abundantly in whatever season you are in, and that you will step into a season of deeper trust and welcome change whenever and wherever it comes!
This I not the end, just a new beginning! I will continue to build my website, making new and fun changes. (more about Homeschool resources, more encouraging words, and E-Books) trusting what God wants me to do. Please leave a comment if there is something that you would benefit from on the website or resources that would be helpful to you. I also want to be obedient to the Holy Spirit and when I feel He is prompting me to write something, I will still be posting blogs, just not as consistently! How exciting for the new things coming, stay tuned my friends.
4 thoughts on “A New Season”
I’m proud of what you have done and what you have become…….love dad
I couldn’t be more proud of you. I will miss Monday mornings with you but know that God has great plans for you and has filled your heart with hopes and dreams to further His kingdom and share His love in many ways…… Mom
Emily- I couldn’t be more proud of you. I will miss Monday mornings with you but know that God has great plans for you and has filled your heart with hopes and dreams to further His kingdom and share His love in many ways…… Mom
It is Tuesday that I am reading your Monday post and feeling encouraged by your 2023 spring perspective. The beauty of your post is just that; in obedience, you post on Monday and He does the rest without regard to time. I am blessed on Tuesday and another on Wednesday, while another is on Friday. Your heart is treasure to me, dear friend. Thank you for sharing and striving to always breathe in His abundance—a beautiful example of a woman after God’s own heart.