Hello! Happy December to you! Can you believe we’re in our final month of 2015?!

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As we transition from fall into winter and find ourselves smack dab between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I thought it would be fun to write on the prompt:

 

season

 

Ready? GO.

I grew up in west Michigan, where we have four distinct seasons.

We definitely get the long, harsh winters with more snow than most people really want to see or shovel, but then we’re treated to the most life-giving, green springs, with flowers blooming everywhere and birds making more frequent appearances. The slow transition into summer is glorious, as everyone starts to break out their flip flops and find their beach towels. We flock to the lake and park ourselves in the sand between dips in the usually cool water. Summer is glorious, and we relish it. Then fall comes quietly and subtly, in reds and oranges and yellows. We’re so mesmerized by the colors that we almost forget the impending coldness that will soon descend.

And now here we are, mere weeks away from Christmas, and the trees have no leaves. How quickly they disappeared, I think in amazement as I drive down the street.

I unpacked our Advent books the other day, and have been reminded of this season of waiting. This joyful anticipation as my kids count down for Christmas day. And I pray aloud that God would give us this same eager expectation for His second coming, even as we celebrate His first. That our excitement wouldn’t end on December 25th after the last gift has been unwrapped, but that we would continue to unwrap His unmatchable gift in every season — for all seasons are waiting seasons, until Jesus comes again.

STOP.

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33 thoughts on “five minute friday :: season

  1. Beautiful post, Kate. I love living in a four-season locale too. We had the most beautiful autumn! Just when I begin to feel weary about one season, the next one makes an appearance and lifts my spirit. Loved your thoughts about helping lift our children’s eyes beyond the celebration of Jesus’ first coming to anticipate His second coming.

  2. Oh friend, this is beautiful. All seasons are waiting seasons, indeed, but too often I rush through them for the next season instead. What a gift to slow down long enough to relish the season we’re in, even as we look forward to the return of our King! This moment right now, is a gift. A small gift that’s but a preview of the incredible joy awaiting us next. What a realization!

  3. What a lovely prompt, Kate. I’m so enjoying seeing leaves turn red, yellow, and orange, for the first time in person in Dallas, Texas. Back in Izmir, Turkey, that never happened.

    Yes to continuing to unwrap his gifts each season. 🙂

    • Betsy, I have to agree that it is a lovely prompt. Please check out my link up #55 and comment. I would love comments with words of encouragement regarding my post.

  4. I can imagine how precious summer is against those Michigan winters! When we were in St. Joseph, MI this summer I looked up a picture of the local lighthouse in winter. It was an ice castle! Curious: how do you pic the words for the prompts?

  5. I love how our kids encourage us in our life of faith, as they turn us to look at the world with wonder and belief. May we never lose this joyful anticipation and may His Hope sustain us through whatever He places before us. Thank you for these words, Kate.

  6. “All seasons are waiting seasons.” How true that is. Thankfully He graces us with new, special glimpses of Himself in the waiting. Little tastes that keep our appetites whetted for the feast!

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