Changing Seasons or Turning Over A New Leaf

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:12-13

Happy fall one and all! The air is crisp and the smell of smoky firewood infiltrates the air. The leaves rustle as I shuffle my feet down the sidewalk breathing in the edge of winter. The changing of tree color has been the most spectacular than I have seen in years or…am I just now looking up?

The seasons are changing not only in the world around me but in my own little world, as well. Eric and I said “I do” which started a new novel. It was not the final,”…and they lived happily ever after,” as that was the farthest from the truth. I have said many times that it is easier to be married for 27 years, growing up together, then beginning again.

We are trying to forge a single path out of two Forests thick with the bramble of experiences good and bad. These instances molded us into who we are today: over-comers, determined, God/self-sufficient yet broken but forgiven for the ill choices. These come with long term natural consequences we will forever fight to come to terms.

This “new start” has not been easy. We are constantly fighting the after effects of the unmet expectations we carry from previous relationships. Our assumptions and oversensitivity(aka mine) have caused unnecessary canyons Heavenly Dad is teaching us how to bridge.

The lesson He is trying to get through our thick skulls at the moment is “Choosing not to be offended and seeing people like God sees them: who they could be without all the junk we put on ourselves.” This is a series being taught by Pastor Kyle at the Movement in Goshen, IN. Eric and I are excited about learning this technique to strengthen our relationships, not only with each other, but in our everyday lives.

With that being said, a blog change is coming. Chris, my office buddy that created this blog as an outlet of healing for me, wants/needs to do an upgrade. My beloved original picture won’t fit so Taylor, Eric and I are working on what that will look like.

I also hope that the journey I am currently on will help someone else who is fighting a good fight. I want to encourage those who have experienced a devastating event to take the time to learn who they are as an individual. They can then grow into who God intends for them to be by staying open for His direction, even when it hurts, as sometimes doing the next right thing is painful to self.

I pray the new blog will continually point someone to Him and I won’t get in the way.

I’m praying for you, dear friends. Until next time: Blessings!

Author: Tracy Cook

Widowed one week before our 27th wedding anniversary, Heavenly Dad continues to carry me, now blessing me with a second chance for love.

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