Spring Has Arrived

In the last few weeks,  Nebraska, where I call home, was currently hit hard with flooding.  There are no words to describe the amount of water we saw and the devastation left behind.  It broke my heart.  As we have been cleaning up and trying to get back to a normal life, or a new normal life, spring has slowly been making an appearance.  I love spring.  It amazes me to see how God awakes the world after a winter sleep.  Winter seemed to be extremely long and hard this year.  As I was taking in the warmth of the sun, I heard the bird’s song and looked up to see a robin.  It was as if God was letting me know that while things have been destroyed there is always renewal.  Life comes alive after a long sleep.  It will take us a long time to recover, but through all of this, I have seen kind hearts and hands unite to help each other.  We are Nebraska Strong and we will renew and live again.  There is nothing like being made new and opening our hearts up to hope in the life to come.

Blessings on your week ahead,

Tammy

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Fall Is Coming

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.

Happy Fall,

Tammy

 

Rest

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.

Blessings,

Tammy