Over time I have made no secret that we have been going through a "winter" season and not just in the literal sense but in a metaphorical sense as well. This winter has been nearly three years now and our spring "feels" like it maybe just around the corner. We are hoping and praying. Praise God! Like the time as winter fades and slowing becomes spring where we see less frosty days, more glimpses of colour in places where there was barrenness and dead-ness and we see and feel more of the sun and its warming rays. So is it for us. Gradually we are seeing less and less of the hard, dark and gloomy days where everything seems to be just plain sucky, more glimpses of days where there is a little more colour in our moments and more experiences of lighter times, brighter days and days where we can bask in the warmth of the sun.
Please understand that our winter hasn't been all bad or doom and gloom and while we have had some pretty low days and weeks, it has been an amazing time of cutting back, pruning, reassessing, and walking out our faith one small step at a time. We have seen God move for us in the last three years than we have ever seen him move in our entire lives. Yes people we are a living testimony that Gods promises are true and his miracles are well and truly alive today as they were over 2000 years ago!
Yes things may have not gone to plan like we thought best but Gods plan for us as individuals, as a couple and as a family has been far better than we could of imagined for ourselves. Our steps of faith have literally been one day at a time, one meal at a time and one bill at a time. We have grown in character and in faith over these years. I can say that while times and days have been hard, damn hard. I will be forever thankful that we had these years.
But in all that......there is a time for everything, a season for everything and I am up for a change now and "feel" that our spring is around the corner. I am believing for it now. And while I am thankful for our winter, and know that our winter has been important,,,,I am tired of winter. Its time for spring! Time for the sun, time for the flowers and the new life that spring brings. (hey maybe that's why this baby will be a spring baby). Unfortunately we all need winter times to bring us back to Him, back to our Creator, back to needing him and recognising that we are nothing without Him and without Him everything is pointless. Without winter we simply cannot have regrowth and new life, redirection or refreshment.
Without winter one cannot simply bloom!
On a lighter note.....thanks to a beautiful friend and her gift to us, we now have a new "member" to our family, Meet....Clara.
She has made herself at home, like a favourite great aunt who comes to stay and sneaks peppermints to the kiddies when the parents aren't looking. Oh how I love Clara. She is grandly beautiful!!
Only five to seven more weeks to go until we meet our wee blessing!! I have never been one for due dates so somewhere towards the end of Oct-ish, whenever this one decides to make its way into the world. Exciting times! Yes I know I need an updated pregnant belly photo...I'll work on it, promise!
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For me it epitomizes the new-ness and sacred-ness of a new blessing into the world.
What season are you in?