Yeah, I have these two man-children who just wrapped up their junior year of high school.
And yeah, the other day I told my sister that with the exception of when I mothered these darling boys as newborn twins, I don’t think I’ve ever been so exhausted. In the last month alone, our family calendar notated a string of school banquets, concerts, ceremonies, plays. I chaperoned an all day field trip to Denver and filled out form after form required for the kids’ next school year. I’ve hosted a study session at the house and made sure the ravenous posse of teens had enough study snacks. I’ve hunkered down with my boys and their school counselor to figure out senior year schedules. And really, that is just the tippy top of the tippy top of the iceberg.
What I’m saying is the junior year of high school doesn’t play. It adds a lot to the entire family’s schedule. Even as it has left me plumb haggard, I know a time will come when I miss it–I’ll miss the activity and all the ways it bosses our schedule.
Yeah, these boys of mine don’t graduate high school for another year, but this is a new season just the same. We spend many evenings talking about colleges and future dreams. We’ve talked about future plans for a while now, of course, but junior year is when those plans begin turning from black and white to vivid color. The wheels are in motion to make what they hope to be become what is.
Sometimes change comes lightning flash fast, and sometimes it come like the seasons outside our window—slowly, gradually. And sometimes it seems like both kinds are happening at once.
Standing at year seventeen with my sons, it feels like we got here sprint-like fast. But really, it’s been a slow unfurling of time, experienced one step at a time.
Here’s the thing, however: Within this whirl of hustle and bustle, I haven’t taken time to put the brakes on my outside activity so I could process my inside thoughts about this new season.
I haven’t been intentional to sit with this new season, to embrace the good and the hard, to let the bitter and the sweet have their moments. So, I began to write out what doing this looks like for me.
And I’m offering it to you too as you process your own new season.
Now, your own new season may look nothing like mine. Even so, you may still be so busy moving through your to-do’s that you haven’t had time to process you inner thoughts on your transition, either.
I believe my free gift to you, a 5 day audio devotional series called Hope for a New Season, will help you do just that.
Inside this Hope for a New Season series, you’ll find readings from Scripture, a small sampling of encouragement from other resources, as well as my own reflections on it all. Each one is 5 1/2 minutes or less, so it’s a manageable time to slow down, catch your breath, and tend to your heart and soul before moving on to the next thing in your day.
From time to time, I’ve audio recorded my blog posts, and I really enjoyed that. So I thought why not record this and offer it as more of an audio devotional? And since I’ve written quite a bit on the subject of change—including a book called Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You through Life’s Transitions —it seems like a natural next step option. With the help of my tech-savvy son Ethan, I recorded what I wrote and had a couple talented young friends of mine, Jorrin and Jayna, play accompaniment violin and cello music for it.
The series isn’t polished or professional, not by a long shot. But it is almost entirely brand new material. And with open hands I offer it to anyone who, like me, could use a hopeful word during her own new season.
For an appetizer of what to expect within the audio devotional, listen to a special introductory message here.
(If you’d prefer a transcript of the audio devo, simply click here.)
So how do you sign up to receive the 5 day series?
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Maybe you’d like to read a book on the topic of change or listen to an hour-long podcast about it, but you’re too busy attending graduation ceremonies or cleaning up after graduation parties or finalizing summer vacation plans to do so. Instead, maybe you’d like to sit for a few minutes and hear from the friend or confidante who gets what you’re going through and wants to encourage you along the way.
Maybe I could be that person to offer you hope for your new season.
Yeah, I may be your vocal companion as you sit with all your new season holds, but Jesus is your forever companion who never changes. May you feel his guidance and hope through these messages in the following days.