Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Preparing for a New Season
Recently I read a post my dear friend Cheryl Smith of Homespun Devotions wrote about her one word for 2015. It really struck me. Her word was PREPARE. It's an acronym you can read about here.
I was struck with her acronym PREPARE. I took out a notecard and wrote each word.
Purging, Reducing, Eliminating, Pruning, Anticipating, Releasing, and Expectation
I also copied down her quote, "He can break any chain, if we are willing to let go of what is enslaving us."
God is getting ready to make some changes in our family's life. I can feel it. He spoke to me during worship one Wednesday night. I had been teetering on the edge of depression... holding on as hard as I could but feeling my fingers slip. Sad over the changes as my children grow older and near the edge of the nest. Missing their little boy and girl days. Anyway, here's what He said to me.
Release their childhood.
Embrace who they are now.
Prepare them to launch.
Build your marriage.
Serve them all.
I agonized in prayer and worship. I know it's the path I must take and will take. But I will only be able to do so with His help.
Part of releasing their childhood will be to purge a lot of books from our shelves, totes, and boxes. There are a lot of other things that are no longer part of the life we are living or will live in the future, but I've clung to them. They must go also. I'm not yet sure how. God has some things to show me if I'll watch and listen.
Harvest Lane Cottage
by the banks of Center Creek
at the edge of the Missouri Ozarks