Of all the seasonal changes I like Fall the best. The busyness of spring and summer start to wind down and we prepare for the winter ahead. Vibrant colors of the changing leaves and the crispness of the air bring a reflection of the blessings I’ve been given. September is the first month of fall it is called the harvest month. It starts the season of gathering and gratitude.
For me this September is a month of leaving, reflection and new beginnings starting today, August 30, but close enough.
Today my daughter is leaving home.
Just putting the words “Leaving home” in print brings a swell of emotions. When she went to university we knew that was the first step in the leaving process, but there was comfort in knowing that her room would be occupied during holidays and summer break. Today that comfort changes and is replaced with uncertainty. I hear the echo of her two-year-old voice declaring “I do it” as she packed, my help and recommendations not needed.
This month our two sons will leave home to attend University, my middle son a Junior and my youngest a freshman. I find peace and comfort knowing I have a few more years to await their arrival home during school breaks.
I will also be leaving this month, leaving the first half of my century (yes I am aiming for 100+) and starting the second.
I turn 50!
That seemed so far away when I watched my parents turn 50. I am getting the cliche statements and questions regarding me heading over the hill, my empty nest and the use of all my time.
First, I will be running up that hill and not just going over it thank you very much.
Second, my nest is full of memories. I will rearrange it as I prepare for new kinds of memories to be made, but it will never be empty.
Third, I will use all my time the same way I have always used all my time – serving!
My roles are changing but my purpose is not. I will use my purpose in the new roles that are to come.
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This month starts my harvest time, I get to reap the bounty of what I have sown. I will reflect on all the times He has been faithful and hold on to those times to get me through the days ahead. “I will have times to build up, times to break down, times to dance, and times to mourn.
Times to cast away stones, and times to gather stones together”
In order to grow in the new season of my life, I will have to let go of the I should have, I should not have, and why did I or didn’t I. Like the changing leaves they must fall from my branches. They must serve as the nutrients that enrich the soil and allow the new growth that Christ has in store for me.
God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.
1 Thessalonians 5:24