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Embracing The End…Because God is Faithful

I have always, always, always loathed the end of summer…as you all know summer is my favorite. I love the heat, I love the sunshine, the garden, the flowers, yes…even the humidity. (I know, I know…I’m crazy.)

But I just love everything about summer. So about this time of year, as the sun starts to set noticeably earlier just a bit each night, the mornings become a bit cooler, and the stores’ shelves are screaming “back to school,” I usually start to seep into a bit of sadness. Sometimes I get really depressed.

All that we waited for (yes, I wait all year for summer!), all we anticipated…it’s already passing by.

We remark casually,

“Where did summer go?” and,  “It went by so fast!”

Every year we say those same things. I grumble about it all ending and brace myself for the cooler days that will turn into just plain freezing days, and those early dark nights. 

But this year something changed.

As I sat on my deck last night with my littlest guy and we talked about summer coming to an end, I said, 

“You know what? This year I am not sad. I am looking forward to the season change.”

Yes, I almost surprised myself! 

But we continued to talk about the marvelous reality that summer always comes again. As does every season. 

The seasons that change reveal God’s faithfulness to us.

I said to my son,

“The beauty is summer will come back. Just like it always does.”

It’s not like in thousands of years of human history, God has ever said,

“Nope. Summer is cancelled this year.”

We talked about how it’s a beautiful thing to notice the constants in our life that God has ordained because He is the Creator and He is a God of order.

The sun rises every single day and sets every single day. There is never a day that God has said, “Today the sun will not rise.”

And when we look past our own comforts and wants and pleasures and get to know God through every season, it becomes much easier, in fact necessary, to embrace the end…knowing He is faithful.

And we also look ahead knowing, the end is not truly the end…even when this world passes away, He who has promised us eternal life is faithful.

 

 

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Should You Homeschool? Podcast Ep 58

Whether you are thinking about it, in the midst of it, or perhaps running away from it (like I was 12 years ago!), today I want to talk about the calling of homeschool.

How do you know if you are called to homeschool?
What if you don’t want to homeschool, but feel like you should?
What if you want to homeschool, but feel like you shouldn’t?

All of us have had these questions run through our mind if we have ever even considered homeschooling. Today I am sitting down to get real with you and discuss my story to hopefully encourage you to follow the path God has chosen for your family.

Ultimately, it is not about listening to anyone else, but God.


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It’s August…

It’s  August.

The feeling changes in the air.

The excitement and anticipation of summer…the long days, the late nights, the fireflies, the ice cream, the expectancy….has now faded and become usual. The nights are just a bit shorter, the things we waited for are becoming familiar.

August. The month where we live still in summer, yet with an eye on the next month knowing it will soon be over….

I see the years of my teenagers pretty much the same as August….

The baby days I dreamed of, the days of childhood, the excitement of beginning a journey….now these things have become the usual..and we are just like in August….still in childhood, yet a foot is now into the door of adulthood…just like summer…it will soon be over…

In August I consciously tell myself not take for granted the beautiful summer mornings, the birds chirping to wake me…not to take for granted the ice cream nights, the popsicle stained faces, the muddy prints in the house….

…because soon summer will be over.  I try to relish in every moment…always with one eye on the next month…knowing this will soon be a memory.

Just like August, I am feeling the same way about my teenagers…on the cusp of a new chapter. One foot still in summer…or in childhood…..trying to consciously enjoy it all…knowing all too well it will soon be over…

We are at the point where I have a glimpse of the end in sight. I am no longer the naive new mommy thinking babyhood and childhood are forever…knowing that, just like August, the days are getting shorter…the sun is setting on summer…and on childhood…

Only…August will come again…next year…

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