It’s been quiet and lonely around here.
I lost every subscriber friend who followed along on this site, and every precious comment each of you made, when I switched to WordPress a year ago, as well as some motivation for writing publicly I confess. It saddens me a bit, but also seems very fitting with the feel of this past year. God has taken me through a year of quiet solitude, and stripping away.
I stepped into this winter season of life as we prepared for a big move. It was the first time throughout the past 14 years that I was not attending or serving in this women’s Bible study. Life’s trials have seemed harder without it! A few months ago we made our new home in a new city, and a new state, where I don’t know a soul, aside from my husband and kids. Our homeschooling adventure came to an end this year as well, leaving me at a slight loss of direction. I’ve had kids schooling at home with me for the last 11 years; different sons at different times for different reasons, but this year the reasons all lined up with school outside of our home.
I sat in my living room a few mornings ago alone, not knowing what to do with my time. Such a foreign moment for this Momma of 6 boys. Quiet and lonely.
As the 2016 New Year began I had posted that I wanted the theme of my year to be “simplicity”. Of course when I wrote that I was thinking simplicity; easy, not simplicity; empty. Emptiness is a cold season when hope and devotion are tested… tried… but, when we draw near to Him, strengthened. Have you been there?
“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8a
“The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
He hears. He knows. He strips away to make room for more of Him. I’ve started another study of the book of Job recently and I’ve been encouraged by Job’s story as a picture of finding HOPE when life feels empty. Hope found only in Jesus. It’s beginning to feel like Spring, and I’m motivated to write again…