Thursday, August 30, 2012

The harvest season is JOY!

I am sitting here this morning feeling like I almost need to take a vacation from all this joy! Seriously! I even think I am getting on my husband's nerves. When I felt the new season approaching, I almost was apprehensive. Sometimes I could feel a season approaching that was difficult and I knew how to handle it. God has brought me through many things in my life that has brought courage and strength, and even dignity. I am every thankful for that.

But this season that I am in now, is one I haven't experienced in a long time. It is indeed a time of harvest, and to see how bountiful it is in some ways is overwhelming! I have had some amazing conversations with parents in my classroom ~ both current and present that are so very inspiring and encouraging. I have been able to share with coworkers this enthusiasm easier then ever before. In years past, self doubt would hold me back.

This journey of discovery (of who God is, and who I am in Him) has opened new avenues for me. It has opened up so much within me, that it is something that I am very excited and hopeful for. Usually the hopefulness and excitement is high at the beginning, not the harvest. Amazing I tell you. I am no longer fearful of writing. Rejection used to hold me back. Negative self talk used to hold me back. Letting go of both of those things, has been the key to unlocking this new found excitement about life. Perhaps it has something to do with being days away from a new age ~ one year away from the big 4~0.

As I sit here I realize that a long holiday weekend is quickly approaching. A weekend that is extended and at a time when I could use that extra day. For me, it will be a weekend of family time, writing, and relaxing as well as  planning a new month in the classroom. Autumn is coming! Pumpkin Spice Fraps and  lattes are back at Starbucks!

I know this is a hodgepodge of things that I have shared, but really.... I kinda had to get it all out so I could focus on today! I will embrace each moment as a gift. Cherish the conversations that God allows. Appreciate the ones in my life who fuel my energy, and pray for the ones who drain me. And most importantly, continue to be me as God made me!

Happy Thursday!

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