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Patience

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Learning to Wait

It has been quite some time since I’ve shared here. I think I got distracted and overwhelmed with life and trying to adjust to the changes happening, all while rearranging my priorities. I still am. God often teaches so much through the storms of life. Dependence and patience are the primary lessons I’ve experienced recently. I’m very much the type of person that just likes to get the job done. I always need to have something to DO, but sometimes that something is learning to wait. A hard thing.
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the season of change

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As the weather and season begins to change here in the Pacific Northwest, I am reminded of the season of change in our life right now. We are caught in an interval of major revisions to our path. As we welcome these developments on our dreams and goals, often sacrifice and patience is our fuel for growth. This new period of transformation is both exciting and intimidating. A shift in our reality.

Winter has never been a favorite cycle of mine; yet, every year I am enticed by the beauty and change. Death blanketed in white – melting into new life. Metamorphic alterations. Nature expresses the work of God with so many parallels to my own life. As fall fades into winter, I am grateful for the season, but also thankful it is not permanent. Rebirth is unfolding.

the hope + promise

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Spring seems to bring the greatest potential. Everything begins to thrive. Life returns where it once seemed dormant. I find hope and promise in my own life as warmth returns to the earth. I begin dreaming of the potential, and activating some of my intentions with purpose. There are expectations that haven’t been realized yet. I am choosing to let go of regrets and begin seeking these ideals with freedom and anticipation. Because it isn’t too late yet.

conversion : : renewal

I am prone to extremes. Sometimes I think we all are. It is easier that way. I am also often driven by perfectionism, which can complicate life. I regularly need renewal. A reflection on what and why I am pursuing. There are usually good reasons, but somehow they get lost in the process. A daily conversion is required to avoid just going through the motions. I have to be reminded of the foundation of my desires.

choice : : circumstance

Life is full of possibilities. Our choices determine many of those circumstances, although sometimes life brings the unexpected as well. Whatever the lot life currently holds, the one thing we do have control over is the response we choose to engage. This is something I am working on.

old : : new

Things are growing here on our little green patch of earth. We are working on some of our plans, as well as adjusting our goals for the future. Our first home, our fixer, is in the process of being handed to new owners. The closing of one chapter while hopefully beginning a new one!

What changes and hopes are you experiencing this season?

growth

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I talk a lot about growth here. Growth that happens in the garden, as well as personal and spiritual growth. One thing I have noticed about this method of change is that it only happens with exposure to three elements.

When a seed comes into contact with the warm light of the spring sun, something miraculous occurs. New life bursts forth and another entity is born. With more time exposed to sun, moisture, and nutrients from the soil, this little sprout continues to develop and brings forth new existence.

In my own life, and in observing others, true growth doesn’t happen without a similar three components. For the seedling it was sunlight, water, and soil. For humans it happens with conviction, encouragement, and inspiration. This process begins and is sustained by these three basic essentials.

light : : conviction

As the light of truth shines it convicts. Where we were once oblivious or deceived, we now have new information that dispels the darkness. This can be a shocking and life-changing revelation. Once exposed to this data one of two things can happen: we may choose to shrivel from this exposure, or we find encouragement in the freedom the truth offers. Sadly, most often in my own observation and experience, we like the comfort of our ignorance or the accepted beliefs we have acquired. But, if we allow this truth to convict us we move forward to the next component of growth…

water : : encouragement

If we choose to find encouragement in the freedom truth offers we begin to allow it to change us. How exactly this happens would depend on the truth, but nonetheless we don’t continue on as before. We begin to see with new eyes. This aspect I like to compare to water or moisture. We examine our lives, our purpose, and our goals with new clarity. This begins to seep into how we live…it is fluid and constantly challenging and erupting our life. It trickles in until we burst forth, a changed being. Often this needs repeating to motivate and relearn when some convictions begin to go stale. If we allow the truth to encourage and change us, a new life begins to break forth.

soil : : inspiration

This element of growth comes with time and experience. This is where we really allow the truth to change our lives, granting it permission to recreate us. This happens with delving into the truth and digging deeper, becoming rooted. In practical application this can be study, sharing our insight (we all better learn things by sharing), and learning from others who are inspired by the same revelations. As we do this, we begin to act upon our discoveries. Once we learn about something, we put it to practice. If all we do is study, we never test that knowledge in a practical way. We should eventually become so inspired by our exposure and the verity of what we are learning that we start to live and breathe with conviction.

Note: While conviction and encouragement may come before inspiration, to have true growth we need all three of these things actively in our life to propagate change, just like the seedling continuously needs sun, water, and soil. The seedling does NOT continue to grow on its own without these three basic elements. So also, we do not have authentic development in our lives without constantly keeping conviction, encouragement, and inspiration in our daily experience. If we don’t have all three in balance, we will either shrivel from the truth, or become water-logged by it and rot.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. : : 2 Corinthians 5:17

precipitation

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Much has been on my mind lately. Thoughts about the new year, about the alterations to our life this last year precipitated. Contemplating where we are headed and where I want this year to take us. Growth and withering – everything traces back to gardening here.

I apologize if I sound vague. I can’t quite share all of these thoughts, plans and prayers pouring out. Hopefully you will see some of them develop here on the blog. Meanwhile, I am preparing a photography project I am excited about sharing in the coming months. Until then, keep on growing!