|More thoughts from an old blog 4/29/05 - Seasons [message #603930]
||Sun, 17 January 2010 23:26
| Kate Megill
Registered: April 2005
Location: NW rural Illinois
I've been thinking about seasons lately. I LOVE the winter with the snow and freezing temperatures that send you under cozy blankets cuddling with children (and a husband *wink*) while you chat, read, do school, etc. I love the frosty windows and shoveling. I love hot chocolate and coming in from the sub-zero cold and feeling REALLY hot in a 65 degree house!
But you know what? I really love spring too! When the birds are waking you up at 5am with their chattering, and the sun is coming in earlier and earlier; the first crocuses and daffodils are coming up through snow patches on the ground it gives me such a sweet "new" feeling to everything!
But even summer can be wonderful. I love having windows wide open and warm summer breezes flowing through the house. I love NOT having to wear shoes outside and the feel of grass under my feet (too bad we mostly have dirt in our yard!! *grin*). I love lighter clothes and more space in the dresser drawers!! I love laundry hanging on the line and hearing my children laughing and playing outside.
And then comes the joyous whiff of autumn! Oh, how I love the crisp scent of fall. That touch of wood smoke in the air when you have to put on something more than a light sweater just thrills me. I love the sudden bursts of color as if God has put a new filter on my eyes, and reds and oranges flood the landscape with new energy and light. I love raking and cleaning up after the leaves have all fallen. I love to prepare my garden bed for winter (although I don't always get it done on time) so that it can be fully ready to drink in the winter's snows.
And how does this connect up with my Random Thoughts? Just that I have LOVED the season of my life these past 20 years of marriage. I love being pregnant and every movement from the tiny treasure within. I love nursing and rocking and cuddling and singing and just watching my babies. I love the baby smell (even with a messy diaper! Wink) and kissing baby toes. I love each and every stage of my children growing up. We have been blessed to never find any of the 'terrible' times that others speak of. I have even loved the challenges and times when God has refined MY character by the foibles of my children. *wink*
Now, as many of us are coming (whether soon or late) to the changing of seasons, I am wanting to look with the same joy and expectancy to the new season with the same joy as when I look to the coming of fall or winter or spring or summer. Granted, unlike the seasons of time that will always come again, this season of child-bearing will not. It is a sweet time for us to cherish with excitement and joy in His wondrous blessings to us. But as God prepares each of us for a new season, this too will be a joyous thing. Granted we won't be having babies, but many of us still have children to raise and we have a wonderful opportunity to grow into a NEW relationship with our children. We can enjoy seeing and cuddling and rocking and tickling and kissing grandchildren. We may find that we now have much more time to bless our husbands in ways we never were quite able to before. We may find that we now have more maturity (hopefully Wink ) and time to reach out to young mothers with the love, compassion and training many of us wish WE had had!
Whether God chooses to give us more babies (and I am still praying), I want to respond to Him with gratitude for this wonderful season in my life that is soon coming to a close. And I want to look ahead with expectation and excitement for the new season that will soon begin.
In His Joy and Grace,