For Everything There is a Season

Happy Sunday, ladies! Sunday is my favorite day of the week. We go to church and then we have lunch at our house with my daughter and her family. It’s become a tradition, and I like traditions. The older I get, the more I cherish the times we spend together as a family.

This week I’ve been thinking a lot about traditions, family, and changes. I’m sure it’s because my sister and her family are moving to Tennessee. To be honest, we talk about it, but we don’t dwell on it because that would hurt too much.

They only live about 10 miles from us since we moved last year. And over the last ten years, we haven’t lived more than 30 minutes from each other. This move will be the farthest.

Whether we like it or not, change is inevitable. I use to say I love change, but I realize, I do love it, as long as it’s a good change or a change that I have planned.

We’ve had lots of changes in our family over the years. Some of it has been good, but some has been not so good. There have been changes I didn’t welcome. Changes I didn’t want. Some change brought deep pain. Pain, I didn’t think I would get over.

The older I get, the more I realize that everything changes. And honestly, it changes quickly. When our kids were young, I couldn’t imagine them leaving home and then just like that, they were in college and moving out on their own. That change was hard for me.

Scripture reminds us that change is inevitable. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, For everything, there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven. Seasons come and go. And these days, they come and go quickly!

James 4:14 reminds us, What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

If there’s one thing I know for sure, life here is short. I want to make the time I have matter. I want to love deeply, forgive quickly, and cherish every moment with my family and friends.

How do you feel about change? Is it hard for you?

I heard this song by Steven Curtis Chapman this week, and I hadn’t heard it in a few years. It’s a reminder of how quickly our children grow up.

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  1. I think your blog is awesome. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing what you’re wearing. I am a plus size woman, but a lot of the clothing you spotlight comes in my size, and I too, Love The Lord. Keep up the good work.

  2. Hi Cyndi,
    I’ve never been one to like change- even good change is scary for me sometimes. I’m in a season now that I feel the need for change. I actually want change in a couple areas of my life, but I don’t know if it’s God’s will at this time. Praying for His divine direction. The waiting is hard! I’m also facing an empty nest in two years and my heart just can’t take it! Thank you for sharing your life and heart with us. You are a blessing!

  3. hey girl- love the post! Can you please pray for my husband and I, We have been trying for a baby for a year with no results. I am 42. I have had blood work done. I am praying that the doctor will call today and explain the results. The nurse told me that it was in the normal range. Then next week I have to go for a pelvic ultrasound. Make sure everything is ok. I know God has a plan. I am trusting in him.

  4. I’ve been pondering this as well, Cyndi; I’m trying to reconcile that a change I’m feeling nudged toward might be good for me, but not for others… praying for discernment on His will in this! I’ll be praying for you as well; and for many sweet family times with Traci and her crew in the years ahead, despite greater distance. xo Heidi

  5. I hear you Cyndi. I don’t like change. Its always been hard for me. I was not good at empty nesting and all the change that took on. I loved having my 3 kids around. They live within 11/2-31/2 hours away, without traffic, but still I’d love to see them more often. I was sad to hear about your sister and her family moving. I loved their home they had made together and couldn’t believe they were leaving it……and I don’t even know them. 🙂 LOL I wondered when she said they were moving if it would be to be closer to Jonathan etc. How far is she going to be from you now? Think of it this way. Once they are settled in their new home, you will have good trips out to see them for holidays etc. and make new memories there with them. But, it sounded like you two were close and with your mom gone, I know you both loved having each other close. Praying all goes well for you both and you experience new, fun times together. Thanks for the song. 🙂

  6. The last 3 years my Mom’s health has slowly declined. This last Christmas she called on Christmas Day and said she wouldn’t be able to come down, she lives 45 minutes from us. Which I knew she felt terrible because her 3 great grand babies were here. After hospitals and rehab we found out she had a stroke and is now living in an Assisted Living Center. I am an only child and this has been hard. My parents are divorced and my Dad isn’t doing well too. I know and pray lots that God guides me in the right direction to make the best choice for my Mom. Love your post today a great reminder. We used the song Cinderella as the Father/Daughter dance at our daughters wedding. She had never heard it before. It’s great.

    1. Dinelle…..I know what you are saying. My dad died years ago and my mom has been alone and now dementia and in assisted living. I’ve had MANY decision and care for her and it can be hard, but GOD has been faithful to go before me each step of the way and help me. I know HE will for you too. Continue to ask HIM for the guidance and HE will come through every time. I can’t believe all the worrying I did years ahead, wondering what I’d do etc. for my mom when the time came and its all just fell into place, even better than I had imagined. Its it easy?….no way. I have trial still with it, but just knowing I can give it to HIM every time gives me peace. I pray for that same peace for you. Blessings.

  7. Our church sermon today was about wounds draw us nearer to God His grace and forgiveness
    Family, very important. One looks back and it all seems even the good and the bad. I feel sad that your sister is moving and I don’t even live close. Take care.

    1. Some change is extremely hard, especially when it involves family. I remember when I was young my mother and her sister spoke every Saturday morning – we lived very apart. With long distance charges, that is all they could do. Things have changed so dramatically in the last 40 years. Not the same but staying in touch now through technology is such a blessing.

      What is your sisters blog again Cyndi?

    2. Traci has been blogging longer than Cyndi has! Her blog is Beneath My Heart and can be found at beneathmyheart.net. She and her husband do amazing projects!

  8. I know what you mean about change. I’ve experienced lots in the last 5 years.. good and bad. I remind myself that God is in control and he will help me through it all… I know you’ll miss your sister. But I’m assuming to be closer to their son is the reason for their move.. must be hard on them too.. my sister and her family lived away for over 25 years and now they are a two minute drive… who would have thought lol… now that we are both in our 50’s and our parents are gone it’s nice to have each other so close. Thanks for sharing with us and how to keep God in all that’s going on:)
    Blessings
    Karen

    1. PS I know what you mean about the heat.. we’ve had heat warnings for the last few days… today is 100 without the humidity..

  9. I do not like change. It has always been so hard for me, but most of the time its for the better. The change that has hurt the most is having to walk away from people you love. I am a fixer. I always tried to fix whatever was happening in the lives of people I love. I have had to learn to pray for them and walk away. Sometimes I get sad because I miss them but I know that it is better for all for me to let it lie. Thank you for all your post. I do enjoy them all.

  10. Good Morning Cyndi, I really liked you post today and can relate. Change is very hard for me. Have 2 daughters who have graduated from College and moved on. Now its just my husband and I, I have no family in the U.S.
    But life goes on and make the most of it because it’s so short.

    Have a great Sunday and enjoy the tomatoes from your garden. Mine are still green.
    Thanks for sharing.

  11. Good Morning! I had never heard that song…so I am sitting her crying like a baby. I am mom to 3 amazing boys (24,21&16) I can’t imagine my reaction if I had a daughter. Thanks for sharing:)

  12. HI Cyndi…….Yes, change can be trying but just push thru. We moved here from the Delta where I had lived all my life and moved to Clinton, MS and then this year moved to Madison. The change to Clinton was the hardest as moving out of a new 3000 sf home into 1750 sf, 1976 home we paid cash for and redid was not ideal. This year much better as newer home with lots of space & huge yard and made more money on the home we sold than ever expected. I have friends here now in central MS & good shopping. My Mom is even here now so hang in there & things will eventually work out . Sometimes when my daughter was in college we picked a halfway point for both of us and met there for lunch on Saturday. She is here now & has a great job! Good luck with the change!!

  13. This message came at a perfect time. I’m moving from NC to IL on Friday & I am feeling all the feels about it. Thanks for this message!!

  14. I really enjoyed your post today – thank you. For some reason, it made me tear up a bit. I wish you sister and her family the best as they transition into their new home. I just may decide that BLT’s sound pretty tasty today for lunch, as well ;)!

  15. My husband and I moved 6 yrs ago from Texas (currently in Arkansas) where we were born and lived all our lives. Hard? Absolutely! Have I grown with the change? Absolutely!

    I finally realized that God had a plan. He wanted me to grow.

    Lately things have changed and we’re considering a another move.

    He keeps pushing me, ha!

    Thanks for sharing you life moments.

  16. Thank you Cyndi for those words! I love reading your blog every single morning. You offer so many encouraging words for us ladies. I know your going to miss Traci and her family and I’m sure it’s hard for you both. Thank goodness for the technology we have today and you can make plenty of road trips. Praying for your family .

  17. Oh my goodness Cyndi, I wondered how you were taking the news of Traci’s family moving. I have followed you both so long that it made me a little sad too, though happy for them. I don’t always handle change well myself. It’s all good though with Jesus. Be blessed as you are a blessing!

  18. Your words ring true and deep. I just met my great nephew and it seems like yesterday his mom was born, 30 years ago. We need to spend our time loving one another. Thanks for sharing and enjoy those BLT’s, sounds yummy.

  19. Hi Cyndi….Thank you so much for your post and reminder about how quickly things change. I love that song by Steven Curtis Chapman!! I love how even in the midst of all the changes going on around us, we serve a God who never changes!!
    Thank you for your faithfulness!!

  20. I agree With you Cyndi, change that we don’t like or expect is hard.
    I wondered how you were feeling about Traci’s move. Interestingly enough I thought about it yesterday and wondered how I would feel if she quit blogging and all the social media, and I was a bit surprised at how much I would miss her, I say to to let you know , I’m sure her being that far away will cause you to miss her too.
    Yes, life is short here.