Fall Harvest

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In farming, fall harvest is a time for gathering the crops from the seeds planted in late summer. In life, fall harvest is a time for reaping the rewards for seeds planted earlier in the year.

Earlier in the year,  we made wishes and planted seeds of hopes and dreams in hopes of seeing them manifest later in the year.  Now, the time has come to reap the benefits of those seeds and the energy we’ve put into tending the garden. Now is the time to collect on those dreams, hopes, and wishes.  Maybe you wishes for better health, more friends, abundance in finance, or a new home.  Some might of dreamed of a relaxing vacation, passing exams, or an addition to the family.

I look back on the seeds I planted, earlier this year, and I can see the rewards of those seeds.  I wanted to spend more time with my daughter, travel, and grow spiritually.  I wanted a new job in a career loved and an increase in finance.  Well, I am now homeschooling my little one and we have been on several vacations, which included her getting her first stamp in her passport.  I have definitely grown spiritually.  I started my own business and nonprofit.  My finances are not where I want them to be but I know with time and patience they will get there.

See, the thing about the harvest is not all your seeds will grow and, sometimes, it may seems like there’s nothing there. But, if you look closely, you can find something to gather. Some hope or wish that surprisingly came true, no matter how big or small.  Or, some dream that is taking off, even if it’s just in the beginning stages.  Be proud of the energy and effort you’ve put into tending your garden and happily reap your rewards.

 

Don’t let the storms stop your growth

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For the last couple of days, we’ve had storms here.  I feel it is a reflection of what’s been going on in my world lately. I haven’t written, in a while, because of inner storms.  I’ve had my gloomy moments when my brain is cloudy and I didn’t want to get out of bed, my lightning moments when just little things set me off and I am quick to strike back, and my thunder moments when I let things stir inside creating a rumble but never fully letting it go.

Even my daughter noticed the changes.  She tells me Mommy are you grumpy or Mommy don’t be grumpy.  One time I raised my voice and she said Mommy you yelled at me.  It wasn’t a yell, but from her perspective, it was  louder than I usually talk.

We all have storms in our life.  Some are self-created and some come from external forces.  Sometimes, these storms can catch up by surprise and turn our whole world upside down and cause us to stop and reflect on what’s really happening in our life. Sometimes, we see the storm coming but just can’t stop it.  Maybe we don’t need to stop it.  Maybe it’s coming as part of growth.  Yes, it may cause floods of tears or damage to our existing structure, but like all storms, it will pass.  Storms are a necessary part of life and sometimes they force us to make changes we don’t want to make.  But remember, a new day will come, the sun will shine again, we will adapt to our new circumstances, we will survive, and grow stronger.

 

Saturday Night

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I have so many conversations going on in my mind. So many questions, answers, and excuses. I need to slow down, relax,  and breathe. I need some me time. So tonight it’s just me, a book, and my journal.

My Struggles God’s Glory by F. Denise Wiggins

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My Struggles God’s Glory, by F. Denise Wiggins, is a story of a young woman, Denise, fighting her way through life while trying to keep her faith in God.  Denise shares her fears, struggles, relationships, love, and faith in a very blunt manner.

We are introduced to a young and pregnant Denise, who has no idea how to care for herself, let alone a baby.   Her mother is the person who actually tells her she is pregnant, even though she is months into the pregnancy.   The relationship between Denise and her baby’s father is far from ideal. And as you can imagine, for a teenage mother, it gets worse before it gets better.

The relationship between Denise and her mom is also complicated.  Denise represented hope to her mom and when she got pregnant, as a teenager, that hope faded.  This led to emotional and physical challenges for Denise.  But through all the bad relationships, emotional, and spiritual setbacks, her mother stood beside her, even when she had to let her walk alone.

The author shares some of the most intimate details of her failed relationships.  She brings the reader into the world of a young single mother with multiple children and of a married woman trying to build a family.

One constant throughout the book, is Denise’s faith in God.  Even when she is questioning her faith and God’s plan, she still holds on to it.

For a short read, this book covers a lot of issues many women face.  Single motherhood, dating, unemployment, family, and faith.  It also reminds the reader, some of the struggles one goes through are self-inflicted, but all can be overcome if you have faith in God.