Autumn

I had mentioned in an earlier post how much I enjoy autumn, it most definitely- is my favorite season of the year-(in upstate NY)! During a good year, you get some of the same benefits of summer only with a hint of harvest time in the air wherever you go! The garden’s begin to glow of brittle bronze.

I watched many of the harvesters of the local farms around me busy loading hundreds of hearty red apples into their buckets today, busy laborers getting the work done. The harvest is ready -its important to get to work and bring in the fruit before it falls off the trees and rots. It’s a little like chocolate cake, if you wait too long to eat it- it dries up, falls apart and molds. The Harvest is ready-but the laborers are few!

Sailing

Sailing puts the wind to work, acting on the sails to propel the boat along. A good navigator will avoid sailing too close to the cliffs to maintain the safety of their ship, boat etc. Those cliffs are clearly potential obstacles in the way. When the boat is sailing smoothly, the wind beneath the sails, and no obstacles- it is unknown how far you may be able to go. I like to think that we are navigators of our own lives, only in my life with out the wind of the Holy Spirit guiding me away from cliffs, through obstacles I believe that I may crash my vessel and , of course not get very far. The wind of the Holy Spirit directs us , keeps us safe and propels us to the things that we are meant to be and do.

Smooth sailing!  

Summer

I live in Upstate central New York , so times of rest, warmth and serenity are often enjoyed when the summer breeze is blowing , and birds are crooning to their world, a beautiful song. There are so many shades of green…everywhere! Streams and lakes invite you to visit each peaceful oasis. We all take advantage of this weather to draw closer to nature, the woods, a campfire, stars in the sky  and each other.

It has been said that the usefulness of a tree is impacted by the chemistry of the soil where the tree was grown, the age of the tree and also the climate where the tree lives.  It is so much the same with people isn’t it? We are all impacted by our worlds as we grew up, as we age, and our climate- where we are pleased to dwell. Though impacted by all these things, the tree never loses it’s usefulness, it’s purpose, it’s strength, and it’s ability to continue to stand as long as it is alive. People , by the same token despite all given changes in their lives , may continue to maintain their usefulness, purpose, strength and their ability to stand as long as they live! Have a great summer always rejoice in being alive!

Transition

Transition brings the Unknown

The journey that we are all on, takes us almost daily to a place- where we run into a door that we are not familiar with. Should we proceed through the door or should we knock first to see if someone will grant us a warning, a welcome, a greeting? Things that are unknown to us may cause us to second-guess ourselves, we need to evaluate the scene, before we proceed. Some life transitions are without warning, welcome or declaration of where we are and ,where we are going; and some are predicted by the information given with what’s going on, ie, a new job, a new relationship, etc. Even though the change is before us , we know about it, there are still unknown factors. Embrace the change, be willing to go where you need to go in order to grow. When my heart fails me, and my self assurance is weak, I choose to trust that God has my hand and there is a light behind the door that He is walking me through.

Are You Free?

Freedom! My first inclination was to simply post the word freedom, then leave your definition up to you! Freedom is what you determine it to be. Freedom of choice, to think , act,  speak the way you want to in any environment. Absence of domination, self rule, autonomy, not to be enslaved, to be released , delivered, liberated. Freedom to not be subject to, or affected by another person, place or thing. Independent of fate or necessity , breathing space, elbow room, latitude, free rein, carte blanche………the list goes on and on. Are you free? I was not free for the many years that I lived in abuse. I was in bondage to another person’s demands , wishes and desires. What is worse, I had learned to accept the entrapment- as so many other people have. There is a plateau that is reached emotionally- where one sees no other way out and therefore adopts acceptance that this is the way things are going to be. You feel trapped!

There is freedom , there is a way out! You do not have to be programmed to the wishes and desires of other people places or things anymore! Find yourself again! Start your new life and define what it is about you that you have missed, and fight to regain all that you have lost!!!! Refuse to let people , places and things to keep you in bondage anymore!!! Be free!

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