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leaf in water

“Let go of the past, and the past will let go of you…”

Cool quote. Not sure who it’s by. But cool, powerful quote.

“Do not call to mind the former things,
Or ponder things of the past.
“Behold, I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:18-19


“I will do something new, Now it will spring forth…Will you not be aware of it?”

Tough to be aware of what’s ahead, what’s in front of us, when we’re looking in the past…in the rearview mirror of our lives, so to speak. When moving forward, it’s important not to be looking behind or accidents can happen. Yep, when moving forward, it’s important to be aware of what’s behind, but to be focused on where we’re going, not where we’ve been. Forward Steps. Not backward.

Gotta leave behind the old to get to the new. Leaves fall when trees let go. What makes them let go?  Gotta make room for the new, get rid of the old, before we can add more new.  Cool how the old,…the crunchy leaves soon turn to soft, and soon become a part of the soil. They soon become a part of the nutrients that feed the tree.

Yep, past is past, it’s there…it can remind us, feed us, fuel us with knowledge, wisdom, gratefulness and grace. But have you ever tried to keep, to hold onto a beautiful leaf?  It doesn’t stay beautiful…it fades and becomes dust. If we live in the past and try to  focus on and hold onto our little leaves of the past, we are left with a perspective that keeps us at bay and offers…dust. But if we let go, and let those leaves fall, yes, they become part of us, part of that soil that feeds in a good way.

I love how scripture speaks of the God who makes all things new. Redeems. Forgives. God grants hope that moves beyond the now to the what’s to come. A God that encourages us to remember, but not be held by former things. A God, who like moving waters of a river, calls us to move forward, to catch a ride with Him. Not stay in one place, for waters that do that quickly become stagnant. And stagnant is not good. It stinks. Literally and figuratively, it just stinks. Waters aren’t meant to be kept still. Not in streams, not in oceans, not in us. The heart that beats within us is constantly keeping our blood circulating, moving forward, and becoming full of life-giving oxygen with each beat.  The movement of that flow stops, then so do we…

But back to my little leaf metaphor 🙂 .  Leave behind the old, bring on the new. May the leaves be a reminder of the beauty of the past, but the letting go of it and the moving on toward the new. There’s a quote that I’ve seen a lot this fall and it’s beautiful. It says, “The trees are about to show us how beautiful it is to let things go.”  Yep. Definitely. In trees, and in me.

And like with trees, sometimes there’s a dormant season where you feel a little bare and don’t see the beauty of the new quite yet.  But it’s coming. Sometimes there’s just a little time to regroup, rest, and just be before the new comes swooping on in. And after winter of seeing gray and bare branches in the cold,  I know I sure appreciate the newness and beauty of Spring a lot more than if it had just marched on in right after the leaves left. Sometimes it’s good to get back to basics before the new comes….and then we appreciate and are ready for the new  so much more.

Just a few thoughts on leaves, the past, and the God who makes all things New.  Wonder what new things are in store? Wanna let go of the old to have open hands and heart to ‘be aware of ‘ that new thing. So here’s to Fall, and letting go, and believing that Spring is on it’s way.





“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11 



So, today was the day we have dreaded. It was also the day we have so looked forward to.

So it is with endings…and beginnings.  You can’t have one without the other and one brings on lots of tears while another can bring on so much joy.  It all depends on what is ending and what is beginning. So often, you get both in both…tears and joys in endings and beginnings.  So it is with this ending/beginning in our lives.

As we neared the airport, I defaulted to parking on the top deck because it’s just never quite as crowded up there.  As you can see from the photo above, it sure wasn’t crowded today!  But I’m so glad that we parked up there because after unloading the luggage from the car (lots of luggage…very heavy luggage!)  what we saw was the beautiful skyline of the city where Austin had been given so many awesome opportunities.  He had jumped into those opportunities with both feet and didn’t look back.  And now, with that sweet Charlotte skyline behind him and the sun shining bright, he’s moving forward to his new venture.

We’ve known this day was coming.  He’ll be gone for a year, so it’s been a summer of saying a lot of good byes. He’s made deliberate efforts to seek out friends and family and spend time with them, because he knew he’d be gone for a year, and then, frankly, he doesn’t know where he’ll be after that.  So, he’s been very deliberate about pursuing time with friends and family, saying the words that need to be said, so that today…today, he could just move forward with joy, and look behind with the right kind of tears…not tears of what he didn’t do, or what he didn’t say, but tears of missing those he loves.  That’s been an awesome lesson to watch.  Awesome.

I’ve learned from watching him and am so encouraged by the choices he’s making. He knew he was just passing through town for a short time and he did something about it, made an impact day by day.  He was here with our family for a short few months, and he gave it all he had, loved well, asked hard questions, discussed issues, and laughed and played. He made the most of his time…and now there are no regrets.  He knew he was just passing through, and at the end of his time, the good byes were really good.  They were “I’m gonna miss  you so much I can’t wait to see you again” goodbyes.  They were “thank you so much for everything” goodbyes.  They were “You’ve made such a difference here” goodbyes.  Those are some good goodbyes. But they often come packaged in tears that really hurt.  But they aren’t permanent….and this kid is off to say a heck of a lot more “hello”s.  Can’t wait to see the doors that open in this new beginning that can only come after an ending.

Well, trust me.  The kleenex box will be well used today, and it’s not just for allergies, mind you.  My family and I will so miss our Austin.  But as I write this I can’t help but smile because I so know that my kids teach me more than I’ve taught them.  Austin knew he was just passing through our home for a short time and gave it all he had.  Bottom line, we’re all just passing through. Praying that I can do the same in the day in and day out of life….to love well, invest in what’s meaningful, play hard, laugh often, and share the love of Christ in tangible and intangible ways, so that when the passing through is over, the good byes are good good byes.   Full of memories, full of eternal truths that encourage and draw us nearer to the One who loves us most, and full of hope of the hellos yet to come.  Because after the passing through, there’s a going to.  Praying that our time on earth is well spent, so that not only will there be good goodbyes, but that there would be many “hellos” in eternity as a result of the way we lived.  May we make our days count, cause we are all just passing through.



first leaf

Fresh out…this tree’s first leaf begins to emerge on it’s own from out of ‘nowhere’.

Can’t help but love Spring.

“New-ness” is good.

Fresh starts are so appreciated.

Love the visuals that Spring gives us that new beginnings are possible

and can come from anywhere.

We just have to look for them…

and be willing to let go of the old stuff that needs to fade into the distance.

Sometimes the letting go of the old, and letting go of the hold on the old

is the hardest part of moving into new beginnings.

Here’s to letting go, moving on, and seeing what new beginnings will come…

 “Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature.

Old things have passed away. Look, all things have become new!”

2 Corinthians 5:17

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