Oh my goodness ... why this feels like a familiar place ;) It's been absolute ages since I have blogged and yet somehow this little corner of blog-land feels like home. I may not get here very often, but when I do, I feel my heart begin to smile as thoughts start to flow from my heart.
When I started thinking of all the many explanations and excuses I could make for my lack of postings here on my blog, I finally just stopped as one word in particular stood out in my mind ... the word "Seasons". I had the opportunity almost 2 years ago to sit in a talk by a woman of God that I greatly admire. Her name is Sally. She and her husband have lived as missionaries for over 40 years and are amongst the most humble people I have met. They have been willing to go to places that I would never have dared to go to show love and share the goodness of God to those who are searching. The little talk she shared was simply her sharing her heart with a room full of ladies some of the life lessons she has learned that have guided her through life. The last point she shared so impacted me. She simply passed on to us what her mother taught her ... "live fully in each season, because each season is only for a time." Her urging was to be fully present in each season instead of wishing ahead for what's next or looking back with longing for what was. Isn't that so true of how we sometimes live ... we can so easily miss the blessings in the here and now.
Here in South Africa we are shifting into Autumn. I am soooooo a Summer girl, so I can hardly believe that another Summer has come and gone. As I have been mulling that over, I look at my children and am shocked at their growth! We no longer have babies! We now have a toddler, tween and teen!!! Though I have missed my time blogging, I can honestly look back over my shoulder and be grateful for the season I have taken to really be present with the kids over these last 3 1/2 years. From needing to heal and process with the family after Zac's passing, to the gift of our rainbow baby Gabriel, planting a very precious church family in our home called "Redeeming Hope"... life has been full and precious. I have even had the joy of welcoming my precious mom back home with us after 8 years in the US. All of these have been incredible seasons that God has graciously guided us through with His redeeming hope and grace. Now with Gabe starting play school a few mornings a week I am hoping to start writing a little more regularly.
All of the above to say "It's good to be back!". Trusting that whatever season you are in, you will see the beauty and gifts that are unfolding before your eyes.
Much love xxx