Friday, September 7, 2018

A Change in Perspective Can Change Everything

For the past few weeks, I felt a feeling of dread fall over me. As our "Move to Utah" date inched closer and closer, each day I was in mourning, feeling overwhelmed with sadness and even a bit of fear at the thought of leaving South Carolina. We've been in SC for 22 years now. That's a long time to live in one state - especially since I was a Military Brat, moving across the country and even around the world at times. I was used to moving. But nothing has ever felt like "home" the way SC has. This is hard.

As I sat on the porch praying and crying (again) a few days ago, God impressed on my heart that I should not be mourning at all. I should be celebrating! This season of my life has been an incredible blessing that He's given to me. I've met life-long friends, lived in my dream home, and have seen my last two children graduate with honors from High School here. The quote from Dr. Seuss came to mind: "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened!"

This change in perspective has changed everything.

I now begin every morning celebrating one thing that I'm thankful for each day I have left in this lovely state. The first day, I was thankful for HUB Fitness, a business we owned on Main Street in TR that connected me with many dear friends and taught me some important life lessons. The second day I was thankful for HIS Radio because that is why we moved here! I was on the morning show with Rob and Jim for a few years. I would have never had the privilege of living here if it weren't for them. Today is the 3rd day - day 14 of the "countdown" and I will be sharing something on Facebook shortly that will encourage my heart again.

I don't dread the countdown now! I look forward to it as each day I'm reminded of a blessing that came from this time in my life.

I'm sure we all realize that not everything in our lives is sunshine and rainbows. And moving can be hard. Change in any sense can be so hard for us, can't it? But what if, instead of dreading, we celebrated? Even though life is not about sunshine and rainbows everyday, we do get seasons of them! Beautiful seasons that we can celebrate and remember fondly. Seasons that give us strength to endure the difficulty of change and even find beauty in it.

I am actually finding that I'm beginning to be excited about our move since changing my perspective, too. There is no room for fear in the heart of a child of God! He's got me. He's had me all along. I know there will be tears when I leave, and yes, I will be sad. But I will have all of those fond memories to look back on and remember the faithfulness of God isn't just in my past. It's for my future, too. :)

If you are interested in following my Celebration on Facebook, please do! I am making the posts public so you can see them even if you aren't on Facebook. The link is here. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

You are NOT Forgotten!

As many of you know, my family is in the process of moving to Utah. My husband was offered a job in the Northwest area of the country, and the Salt Lake City area is central to his territory, so it makes sense for us to move there. We are excited, but also very sad to leave this area!

Part of our "letting go" of our home and the beautiful area surrounding us is a checklist of things we want to do before we move on September 21. This weekend, we checked off one of the things at the top of the list - visiting Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC!

I've definitely noticed that over the years, the popularity of this place has exploded! And with good reason. The place is absolutely gorgeous, has yummy home-made apple donuts that are warm when you get them (they melt in your mouth), they have fresh apples of all kinds, the best home grown tomatoes around, hayrides, and views that take your breath away!

As we walked through the miles of orchard, I noticed there were apples lying on the ground, and they were beginning to smell rotten. The soft-hearted side of me said out loud how sad it is that they are just lying there, rotting and forgotten. Nobody would pick an apple on the ground, especially one that smelled like decay and death.

My daughter kindly said, "Don't worry Mom, these apples are useful, too! They will go back into the soil and make it richer and better for the future apples to grow." Okay, first of all can we just talk about how sweet and smart my daughter is? She could have laughed at me and said I was crazy for worrying about those useless apples...but she knew what I was thinking.

I was thinking about how some of us feel like those apples on the ground. We feel useless, forgotten, stepped on and rotten. We forget that if we have breath, God is using us! Yes, some apples are used for pies, applesauce, apple butter, donuts (yeah!), cider, wine, and other useful purposes. But those apples wouldn't be as sweet without the ones who stick around to enrich the soil. Those rotten apples are leaving the world in a better condition than when they first bloomed into it!

It's the same with us. Friend, if you feel useless or forgotten, please know that God has purpose for you today! You are breathing so I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you have purpose in this world. Purpose to enrich the lives of those around you. Purpose to love. Purpose to make an impact and leave this world a better place than when God brought you here! Don't allow the negative thoughts from the evil one make you feel useless. Remember, you are the "apple" of God's eye! ;) Spend some time asking God for direction and wisdom to know how you can make a difference in someone's life today.

And then, go eat one of those donuts at Sky Top. You will thank me later! ;)

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. 
My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
John 10:10


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