Day 13 ~ Spring Predictions

(Today is officially the first day of spring, and that means it’s also my mom’s birthday. So tonight’s post is in her honor. “Hope your feet are tappin’ to blue grass in Heaven, Mom! “)

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I love how beautifully predictable seasons are, don’t you? Ok, so sometimes it seems like summer never ends, fall flies by, winter is too long and spring sprints all too fast into summer (at least where I live) but we always know that there will be an end to one and image(4)the beginning of another, season after season after season. There’s comfort in that.

But just because the seasons predictably come, that doesn’t make what happens IN them predictable at all. California is barely beginning to recover from devastating wildfires and flooding, as all around the nation there are snow storms, hail storms, thunder storms, firestorms…..that’s a lot of stormy chaos contained in my predictable little seasons!

That’s so true of life, too, isn’t it? Some things follow predictable patterns that have a definite course to them. By and large, we are born, experience childhood, survive the teen years, grow to adulthood, earn a wage, find someone to share life with, create a home, begin a family, watch it multiply and store up countless memories of a life well lived until one generation passes into the next and it all repeats again. Each phase is like a season-we can nearly predict the turning of one to the other. It’s a beautiful system – the circle of life!

But it’s never that easy, right? Each season can bring storms that we never saw coming and sometimes we find ourselves on the outside looking in on other people’s lives, wondering what happened to our own….

We can’t predict or control the storms that come our way (believe me…I’ve tried!) but what we can do is hold on to the truth that seasons DO change. And we can choose to hold on to the One who set this entire planet in orbit and sees every raindrop, every fiery ember, and every broken heart. I know it’s hard! But it’s not the end. No matter what isimg_5933 happening in this season of your life, Spring will come, my dear ones. It’s not my promise-it’s God’s. I choose to trust the creator-even through the stormy chaos. He’s got us….and He’s not letting go.

So much love,

Shellie <3

 

I Have This Hope

Tenth Avenue North

As I walk this great unknown
Questions come and questions go
Was there purpose for the pain?
Did I cry these tears in vain?

I don’t want to live in fear
I want to trust that You are near
Trust Your grace can be seen
In both triumph and tragedy

I have this hope
In the depth of my soul
In the flood or the fire
You’re with me and You won’t let go

But sometimes my faith feels thin
Like the night will never end
Will You catch every tear
Or will You just leave me here?

But I have this hope
In the depth of my soul
In the flood or the fire
You’re with me and You won’t let go

Yes, I have this hope
In the depth of my soul
In the flood or the fire
You’re with me and You won’t let go

So, whatever happens I will not be afraid
Cause You are closer than this breath that I take
You calm the storm when I hear You call my name
I still believe that one day I’ll see Your face

I have this hope
In the depth of my soul
In the flood or the fire
You’re with me

I have this hope
In the depth of my soul
In the flood or the fire
You’re with me and You won’t let go

In the flood or the fire
You’re with me and You won’t let go

In the flood or the fire
You’re with me and You won’t let go

Songwriters: Jason Ingram / Michael Donehey / Jeff Owen

I Have This Hope lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Fun Attic Music, LLC

About Shellie

Welcome ~ I am a mom, a wife, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a dreamer and a writer. But most of all I am a woman of faith - I have a deep longing to know and love....God.
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