As the seasons change…isn’t this the first official day of fall? I sensed a nudge to write…
I really write when inspired. I write when there is a divine tug or nudge, and that inspiration turns in to words on a page. This morning while sitting quietly and reading I sensed that nugde. I wanted to give everyone a “breather” from my wonderful but oh-so-heavy discussion of “lies”.
Here we are on the first day of fall and I am ready for a new season of this blog to unfold. Yet I quite honestly have not gotten a sense of how or what this will look like. I anticipate my blog “going under construction” for a while in October so PLEASE bear with me as it will be a work in progress! I also intend to stay very closely tied to P.O.W.E.R.’s website and our “POWERFUEL EATING MONTH” so be prepared to receive inspiration on nutritional challenges, as well as given great tips and recipes throughout the month!
Recently I spent time with a friend. A friend who had been hurt deeply by her spouse. For some marriages it might have been the beginning of the end. This may have meant divorce, or just a slow bitter root that was allowed to grow to the point where eventually all intimacy in the marriage would have been choked out. This woman and her husband chose a tough road of counseling, of “dating” one another, and ultimately they chose forgiveness. As we caught up I asked how things had been going, she said, “It’s still hard, but we are working toward wellness every day.” She also reflected that the changing of seasons had helped. She actually looked at the fall as a new season of life. She looked to the fall and to the future with hope. I was so inspired and encouraged to hear this and believe that so much of what we choose in our daily life brings joy or despair. There could have been a much different end to her story but she is choosing to forgive and love when she didn’t have to.
I do not know what summer held for your life. I do not know what difficulties you faced with family, friends, finances, a child or spouse. I do not pretend to think that the things that you endured were easy. I do believe that “God’s mercies are new every morning…” (Lamentations 3:22). Therefore you can believe as we turn the page from summer to fall that you are being given a fresh season to embrace life. I could not help but recall what the famous dramatist and diplomat of France, Paul Claudel, said with such wisdom and faith: “Jesus did not come to explain away suffering or remove it. He came to fill it with His presence.”
May you be a blessing and may you be blessed.