Fall is coming this week and it is one of my favorite seasons. I love the colors and cool, crisp mornings with the sun smiling in full color. Seasons bring change to routine and to our souls as well. It is a time to reflect, make changes, and embrace what lies ahead. I always feel fall is the time we make preparations for winter when we are cooped up in the cold and snow hiding under a blanket with a cup of tea and good book.
As I was thinking about this morning, I realized our souls embrace for the change as well. I don’t know about you, but I have been busy with end of summer activities and being back in the classroom as a teacher. Can I just say I am weary sometimes. It is during this time, I find I need to be still and rest and listen to what my soul needs so I can be good to those I call my loves.
Life is a continuous cycle of ups and downs, and sometimes we just need to go with the flow and allow God to do what He needs to do with our hearts and our life. His purpose is so much greater than we can ever imagine. So I pray that this week, as fall joins us, we slow down, and graciously say welcome.
Until next time, be blessed.
Today is my last day of summer. It seems as though it has gone by so fast and I am wondering how did that happen. I am a teacher and tomorrow is our first day of school. I have spent the last few weeks preparing my classroom and more importantly preparing my heart. I am blessed to be able to share my love for Jesus with the little ones that walk through my classroom door. As I was putting the finishing touches on my classroom, I was a reminded of new beginnings. Tomorrow is a new beginning for the school year that is anticipated with all the wonders of what will we learn and how will we flourish and grow. But if you think about it, each day is a new beginning. Every day God’s mercies and love is new for us and we have the opportunity to grow and flourish in our hearts. Will there be tough days? Yes, just like at school! Will there be days of adventure? Yes, just like at school. Will there be seasons of growing? Yes, just as I want that for my students. No matter what happens today, tomorrow is a new beginning and that is something I am going to share with my kiddos. We all need new beginnings and there is nothing like right now to start.
I have been off the grid for a bit of rest. I am teacher and while I love it, by May I am ready for downtime to refresh, reflect, and rest. I am a Texas girl planted in Nebraska and this past week I went home to visit family, hear the beach, and just allow my soul to breathe. I am one who needs to allow my soul to clear and just be. I love the ocean. I am amazed at how when I stand at the edge of the shore, I am reminded that God is so much bigger than I can imagine and I am small. It is here that I hear His voice and my soul quiets and breathes in the quiet around me. It is where I find true rest. Rest for me is taking time to hear my own heartbeat and process what has gone through my heart and declutter it. We are not meant to be so busy that we forget to allow our soul and hearts to have quiet. I believe some are afraid of the quiet and what their hearts might reveal to them. But we can not refocus and serve God without this time. I don’t live near a beach, but I have never forgotten the sound of the ocean waves. Each week I go off grid to allow my soul to rest for the upcoming week ahead. It was hard at first to do this. I found myself distracted, but over time God has led this time of rest and I find my focus is refreshed. I am a better wife, mother, teacher, etc because I have spent time in the quiet. Going home this past week just reminded me that rest and respite are good for us and while I was sad to leave, I felt good and ready to take on what God has in mind for me. My sweet friends, take some for you. Have a cup of sweet tea, watch that sunset, go off grid for a bit, I promise the world will not stop and you will be rested and refreshed.