Seasons and Soul Care

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We all have seasons when life feels stale or our soul is dry. How do you feed your soul in these times? For me, one of the first responses is to get in the Word and connect to nature. I go for a walk or a hike. I find a quiet place where I can feel the wind.  Many evenings you will find me soaking up a beautiful sunset and sometimes I simply just take my shoes off and walk out into my backyard. There’s a stillness that happens deep in me when I take a moment to breathe in God’s beautiful creation. And while I’m in the middle of it all I pray. I take the time to be thankful. I listen.

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands."

Psalm 19:1

I’ve shared this before, but I’ll share again because it’s quite possibly the number one thing that feeds my soul. I need quality time with my people. When I feel disconnected or not myself, sitting around a table with good food and friends fills me up. There’s something about learning more about other’s stories and sharing my own that helps me feel connected. I see my Father move in ways that only He can in the simplicity of a good conversation. Our busy lives have made this difficult, but I fight the busyness because for me, true connection with others is life giving. Its essential to my well-being.

"Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."

Acts 2:46-47

When my soul is feeling dry, I make sure to have fun and laugh. For me, this is enjoying live music. Music is a deep part of who I am so I feel fully myself when I’m connecting with that part of my life. Some of my friends have fun by taking trips and exploring new places. Another friend of mine loves taking long bike rides and photographing the areas she’s exploring on her bike. I’ve come to realize that I just don’t take enough time to let go, laugh, and enjoy myself. But, I know when I do, life feels that much more fresh and new.

"So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun."

Ecclesiastes 8:15

God has provided so many ways for us to experience His goodness. If you feel like you're just going through the motions, take a moment to try something different or new. Go for a run, try a new restaurant, grab coffee with a friend, go dancing, have fun! Feed your soul. But above all, get in the Word of God and stay there. He promises that if we seek Him we will find Him.  

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Heather Williamson, a native Texan resides in Franklin, TN with her husband Steven and her three girls Kayley, Kaidence, and Kaitlyn. Heather and Steven celebrate that God rescued them from a broken marriage and redeemed their relationship with one another and their Savior. They have a passion for walking along-side couples who are struggling in their own marriages praying God will use their broken story to be a testament of hope. Heather also loves sharing life around a table with other women as they enjoy the God given pleasure of a good meal. Speaking of food, she loves the gift of a good taco, queso, or guacamole…really she just loves Tex Mex.

Fullness In The Empty

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Hi all! It has been a while since I've posted and with the Exhale Weekend approaching next week, I want to share an encouraging word with you.

The last I shared on Exhale Women was my miscarriage story. In light of a full life in the emptiest of places, I figured what more appropriate than to share where I have been and the word I have for Exhale 2017?

This year's theme is a Full Life In The Emptiest Of Places. Praise God. I'm exploding with excitement over this weekend!! It is an honor to share in the transformation and vulnerability that happens in God's presence.

Last year directly following Exhale Weekend, I went home and my husband and I began to pray that we would conceive a baby again. As spoken in the word, "Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or more gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19-20

In July we welcomed our baby girl, Aaliyah Joy, into the world. My labor and delivery did not go how I expected it to go. Bear with me if birth stories aren't your thing-this will be more than that. :)

Summertime came and my due date was approaching. Contractions started. Slowly. Like, "lose my mind" kind of slow-because that's how it goes, right? I was the pregnant lady wishing everyday was the day.

And then our weekly prenatal checkup came. As per routine, our nurse went to listen to her heart rate. Our precious girl's heart was beating away at only 73 beats per minute. 60 is fatal in utero.

Time stood still listening to her slow rhythm....

All I had to hold onto on the way to the hospital were the two things God had given me. Her heart beating inside of me and her name that He spoke to me during my previous miscarriage.

Aaliyah Joy Lillard // July 9, 2017, 11:20 PM // 5.10 oz, 19 inches

Aaliyah Joy Lillard // July 9, 2017, 11:20 PM // 5.10 oz, 19 inches

This is where the meaning of her name plays a part. "Aaliyah" was the action of the Jewish people going up to the Jerusalem Temple to meet with God. Their Aliyah was not only a physical going up, but also a spiritual ascension  as the process was considered a glorious experience.

In the midst of losing what would have been our firstborn, God spoke Aaliyah to me. Although I didn't understand at the time, He was speaking the beautiful process that Aliyah is over me; He was preparing my heart to receive the fullness of His glory in the midst of "my empty." I couldn't have begun to imagine the ways I would be transformed throughout these passing seasons.

So, this is the question raised in my life that I now want to ask you:

What promises (throughout the Bible or in personal experience) has God spoken to hold onto fullness in place of your "empty"?

What do you allow in your life to nurture the promise that is the fullness of God?

As Exhale Weekend approaches, whether or not you will be attending, I invite you to walk out these questions in your life along with me. I challenge you to seek out these answers and stand on the word that God has given to you.

I have missed getting to share my heart with Exhale Women and look forward to the new season ahead as Fall moves in and life continues to grow.

 

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Anna Lise (Newton) Lillard, Co-Visionary Exhale Women / Next Gen Community Leader , calls Austin, Texas home with her husband Hayden and baby girl Aaliyah Joy. Her passion is to help her generation connect with the generations ahead and the ones behind, as well as cross lines of impossibilities with others through the power of prayer and HIS presence. She desires to help women connect to the heart of God. Instagram @annaliselillard

Making Space

Most days my home feels pretty chaotic. It’s loud, covered in food crumbs, and rarely looks put together. I guess that’s to be expected since we have three girls all under the age of eight. It’s not uncommon that every hour of the day involves someone crying, sometimes multiple people crying at the same time and in those moments I often turn to my husband and half jokingly say, “Well, we did this to ourselves.” Many days I can barely keep it together. I find myself frustrated that the dishes have piled up or that every room in my house has toys and clothes on the floor. I somehow think that I should be able to do better than this. Clutter in my home creates clutter in my brain and it’s easy for me to feel overwhelmed with it all.

Early in my motherhood experience I somehow thought I should be able to do it all. I like to think I can juggle everything and never let anything drop. With only one child this mentality was mostly manageable. But when baby girl number two arrived I quickly realized that I could not juggle everything like I wanted to. I learned that if I wanted to be a sane mommy I needed to create some space for myself. I needed some time to be Heather.

Along with baby number two also came the realization, through marriage counseling, that I had allowed our first child to consume me. She became my world and while some of that is natural, it affected my marriage without me realizing it. I didn’t make the time for my husband. We didn’t go on dates. We barely made time to talk about our dreams and encourage one another, something that was, and still is, so much a part of our relationship. Our marriage suffered.

Feeling frazzled and overwhelmed daily is not how I like to live. I don’t function well. I’ve learned over time that in order to be the best version of myself I need to make space for myself. For me, this looks like a date night with my husband enjoying live music and eating delicious food, because Nashville has no shortage of amazing restaurants and music. Or, it may look like a coffee date with one of my girl friends. And, if I’m totally honest it even includes a solo trip to Target to conquer my “to do” list but at a much slower and enjoyable pace than normal. Now, with a third little girl in the mix it can often take much more planning to make any of this happen, but I know that it’s important. My husband is very much onboard as well. He will often be the one pushing me out the door and I’m always thankful when he does. He’s a keeper y’all!

When I make the time to break away I come back a better mommy. I am able to handle the constant crying and fighting and even control my own emotions better. I’m also a more loving wife when I’ve made the time to connect with my husband. When we come back from a date night we feel much more connected and ready to take on this world together.

The reality is that I don’t always get to break away as much as I would like. Sometimes we have weeks that are just too busy with work and school. I’ve realized with the craziness in our home I need at least one moment every day to take a breath and soak in a moment of peace…and quiet. Each morning I try to sit and take a moment to read and pray. It may only last five minutes, because I have a two year old who loves to eat constantly, but at least its five minutes. I will often walk outside to pray. I breathe in fresh air and remember that I’m thankful for my little piece of this world no matter how crazy it is. My husband and my girls are a beautiful reminder of how my Father is so loving and absolutely adores me. He is so good to my little family and in my moments outside I tell Him I’m thankful.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Come to me; you’ll recover your life. Walk with me; learn unforced rhythms of grace.” Matthew 11:28

In Matthew Jesus invites us to come to Him. To be a better mom, wife, or friend, we need these moments of “unforced rhythms of grace” and we find them with Him, in Him.

So, what about you? Does your daily life feel a tad crazy? Are you making space for yourself? Are you taking a moment each day to connect with others and breathe? If not, what can you do to make this happen? Maybe schedule that date night with your husband or meet a friend for lunch. You could even break away for a couple of days to rest and replenish. Make the time because I promise you, you need it and you won’t regret it.

Heather Williamson, a native Texan resides in Franklin, TN with her husband Steven and her three girls Kayley, Kaidence, and Kaitlyn. Heather and Steven celebrate that God rescued them from a broken marriage and redeemed their relationship with one another and their Savior. They have a passion for walking along-side couples who are struggling in their own marriages praying God will use their broken story to be a testament of hope. Heather also loves sharing life around a table with other women as they enjoy the God given pleasure of a good meal. Speaking of food, she loves the gift of a good taco, queso, or guacamole…really she just loves Tex Mex.

How To Set A Boundary

Sometimes in life, we find ourselves in relationships where we need to define a boundary. But what is a boundary? Think of a boundary as a property line.  For your house, you know exactly where your yard ends and your neighbor’s yard begins. The same principle applies when it comes to our own relational property. There is a line of where I end and you begin—and it is up to us to show others where that line is.

Do we want a thick wall around ourselves to keep people out? No. Do we want an open yard where any one can walk on the grass or throw trash in our yard? No. We want a fence with a gate that gives us the ability to let people in and out as we determine.

So how do we build that in ourselves? We set limits so people know what we will allow and what we won’t allow. And we should do this in love.

There are three parts to setting a boundary:

  1. Let them know you are for them: No one is a villain here. Many people have no idea they even crossed your boundary because you never let them know. Start your conversation from a place of compassion instead of anger.
  2. State what happened and how it made you feel: This is not a time for blaming, attacking or accusing, instead we are to own what happened and our feelings in it. This helps the other listen to what you are saying without having to be defensive.  
  3. Help them understand what you want for your relationship in the future:  This is where you will set the line so they now know what it is you desire in the relationship.

For example: Your spouse is late for dinner and it is becoming consistent.  Instead of arguing or accusing, sit them down and say “I love you and I know you have a great work ethic, and that work ethic is keeping you from being home for dinner. When that happens, I am afraid that you don’t want to be home with us for dinner and it hurts my feelings. In the future, I would like you to call me as soon as you know you will be staying later so I know you are thinking of us.”

This keep dialogue open and your needs known.

Setting limits in love is hard, which is one reason why we created the Marriage Workshop for couples to learn how to talk to each other in a way that they can be heard and understood. We have had couples tell us that they have had more effective and connecting conversation in the one weekend than they had in the last 2 years.  We hope you can join us!

Lindsey Castleman, marriage and family counselor Connect with her at Findyourpathway.com Sign up for the next marriage event at 7ConversationsNashville.com

Finding Rest In New Seasons

For many households this month means 'back to school' and it brings a mixed bag of emotions as well as demands. On Thursday I shared some tips on self care for women on Nashville's Channel 4, Today In Nashville News. You can watch it here.

We can't pour out in our daily demands if we aren't being filled up - with the Word and allowing ourselves to find rest and balance the way God intended (Matthew 11:28-30). 

As a Mom of three, I remember the first days of school oh so well. The excitement, concerns, laughter, and tears. Now, as an empty nester, all three of our children are married and they each have babies - but I still remember what those school year days were like. 

Here are a few things I have learned that help us as women practice healthy self care:

TIME MANAGEMENT -  This one is so basic but so critical. I'm not a time management guru but I did learn when my children were still at home in school that putting the backpack (Bonus tip: Double check for all the homework. You're welcome;) in a consistent spot by the door, making lunches the night before, laying out clothes the night before (socks and shoes too!) made the mornings more doable. 

Also, learning to yes to the right things is a game changer. To keep the most important things the most important things, you have to know when to say no. Two of my favorite resources around boundaries are: The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst and Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. 

DON'T COMPARE - There is so much pressure in social media to measure up. Comparison is destructive to your soul, robs joy, distorts identity, and make you miss the purposes God has for you.

Don't compare your children to other children or yourself as a woman or mom to other women. Just don't. God has created you to be uniquely beautiful YOU (Psalm 139). Don't miss the life you were meant to live.

TOXIC FREE LIVING - This is a hot topic and I feel like I'm late to the party, but better late than never. Did you know the average woman applies over 300 chemicals a day to her body just through soaps, makeup, shampoos, and hair care products? I've been on the chemical free journey for a bit now using essential oils and products from Young Living and can't imagine ever going back. At 49, I feel amazing and ready to take on the next half. Join me here for more education on this topic. 

MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF AND CONNECT WITH GOD - This is a must, ladies. Make time every day for yourself to breathe. When our kids were still home I would get up before them to have coffee and some quiet time with God. If you can't do that, then do it at night or any time during the day. I learned to have ongoing conversations with God throughout the day. He's always there, always speaking, always present - and He cares for every detail of your life.

Get rest, feed your body good stuff, and get some physical activity. Even a walk around the block on the busiest days can help clear our minds and it's great for our body, soul, and minds.

Make time to connect meaningfully with other women no matter what stage of life you're in. Learning from and encouraging each other is a gift. We are not competitors. The more you see yourself as God does, the more free you will be to love and encourage others as well as learn from. 

Are you ready for a weekend to catch your breath and exhale?

Exhale Women has created Exhale Weekend - a retreat for women to rest, receive, and to be encouraged and inspired no matter where they are on their journey. See Our Story. This year Exhale Weekend will take place September 29 - September 30 and you're invited. We're almost full, so don't miss out! Details here and register here with 20% promo code: backtoschool through August 15th. 

This year's theme is A Full Life In The Emptiest Of Places - Isaiah 58:11-12 (The MSG)

I will always show you where to go.
    I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places—
    firm muscles, strong bones.
You’ll be like a well-watered garden,
    a gurgling spring that never runs dry.
You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew,
    rebuild the foundations from out of your past.
You’ll be known as those who can fix anything,
    restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,
    make the community livable again.

Holly Newton is the Exhale Women Visionary. You can read her story here and connect with her on Instagram here.

 

 

Knowing Who I Am

For as long as I can remember I’ve been searching to find my place. In high school I can remember feeling like I needed to find my circle of friends and keep my spot in that group. In college I sought to figure out how I could establish myself valuable and able as I auditioned for operas and ensembles. And even as an adult I’ve struggled with trying to find my place in our church home. I vividly remember sitting on my couch with my husband crying about the fact that I didn’t feel like I had a role or was wanted. Everywhere I tried to serve felt forced. I often felt like I wasn’t wise enough or smart enough to lead a group. Or that no one was asking me to help in their ministry because I wasn’t good enough. (Side note: Now looking back I see that my perspective was so off and that my identity is in Christ - not in what I do. I wasn’t on staff or didn’t have an official title, but I was part of so many pieces of our church and it was exactly what I was supposed to be doing. It wasn’t every week and it wasn’t consistent, but I learned to love that. I learned that that was perfect for me. Its funny how our perspective can be so distorted by our feelings.)

This desire to fit in or feel a part of something has come along with me here in Tennessee. When we first moved here I was content with not finding my place. Everything was so new and I was trying my best to adjust to our new home. But about six months in as I started to connect with others and settle in a little more I found myself asking again, “Where’s my place?” and  “Am I valuable?”.

Though I have these moments of insecurity I’ve learned how to sit and wait for God to reveal to me where to serve. I’ve learned how to be ok with not having a title.  I know the things I’m passionate about and I pray for my Father to show me next steps and to present them to me when the time is right. And if that takes awhile, I’m ok with that. I don’t have to prove to anyone that I love Jesus and I don’t have to be in an official position to love others well. I know who I am and am content to rest in that as I wait for next steps.

Though my Father has been so patient and gracious with me as I learn these lessons, I still struggle in other ways. We live in an area where strong women surround me. Everyone seems to have a purpose, a calling, and a passion. I love how there are so many creative people in this city who are making a difference. They are sharing their ideas and dreams and encouraging others to do the same. In so many ways I am inspired. It’s contagious! Nashville has always been magical to me and now living here I feel this desire to dream more. I find myself far more open to the possibilities of big things that God may have for me than I did back in Texas. But, I often feel like I’m not enough for those big dreams. And if I were back in Texas would I still dream this way? I often feel like a little fish in a big pond. I’m fearful that I don’t really know what I’m doing. The story I tell myself is that when I share a glimpse of the path God may be leading me down others look at me and think, “So many other people are doing that. You’re nothing special.”

You guys, sometimes I’m a mess! I let fear and insecurity take over. I allow myself to feel inferior to those around me. I let these things paralyze me and I do nothing!

But God.

As I navigate these questions of what I should pursue or what should be my next steps and wrestle with my insecurities and fears Jesus reminds me that these things I’m telling myself, the words that are filling my head with doubt and worry, are not who I am because they are not who He created me to be. He reminds me constantly that I am His and I am loved (1 John 4:10). He reminds me that He created me with such purpose and intentionality. That I’m not randomly put together but that the desires and passions I have are there on purpose (Psalm 139:13-14). He tells me often that its ok that I’m human and that I fail because it’s not about me being strong or perfect (2nd Corinthians 12:9). He tells me that He will always lead me. If I ask He will provide (Philippians 4:19). And even if I don’t ask, He still knows my heart, my struggles, and my mess and He will still provide.

God, how precious your thoughts are to me; how vast their sum is! If I counted them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; when I wake up, I am still with you. Psalm 139:17-18

I don’t have to strive or struggle trying to figure it all out. It’s ok that I don’t know all of the answers. I don’t have to prove myself. I can rest and be still. I can wait. I can find my peace in the fact that I have a Father who loves me and will guide me as I do my best each day to connect with Him and love others.

What about you? Do you question yourself? Do you ever just feel not good enough? In those moments fill your heart and mind with words from your Father. Fill your soul with truth. Remember that you have a Father who adores you. You are precious to Him. Rest in that and He will reveal to you your next steps.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

Heather Williamson, a native Texan resides in Franklin, TN with her husband Steven and her three girls Kayley, Kaidence, and Kaitlyn. Heather and Steven celebrate that God rescued them from a broken marriage and redeemed their relationship with one another and their Savior. They have a passion for walking along-side couples who are struggling in their own marriages praying God will use their broken story to be a testament of hope. Heather also loves sharing life around a table with other women as they enjoy the God given pleasure of a good meal. Speaking of food, she loves the gift of a good taco, queso, or guacamole…really she just loves Tex Mex.

Comparison

Comparison can steal our joy. It diminishes who we are in Christ and the blessings God has given us. It can rob us of understanding our identity and embracing our destiny because we are too busy wishing for someone else’s life. It’s a trap that we easily fall into in our culture and too often becomes the measurement of how we feel about our lives.

We are so loved and accepted by Jesus, no matter what we’ve done, and no matter what has been done to us. He came to set us free from all the sin and shame - walls, masks, labels, pressures and comparisons that distract us from our own journey and keep us from walking fully in His promises.

I grew up in a suburb where there was a lot of pressure to measure up, even in the church. For so much of my childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood I felt less than enough. There was always someone better looking, more talented, smarter, more capable…more. I compared, measured, and tried to prove myself. It was tiring. Exhausting, really.

Living in the comparison cycle is exhausting, and more importantly, it is not the abundant life that Jesus came to give us. Have you ever measured your life in light of what someone else’s appeared to be on the outside? God’s heart for us is that our identity is so sealed in who we are in Him that we don’t feel the need to compare ourselves to anyone else and that we would not wish for any other life than our own.

Read Psalm 139.

Verses 13-16 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

God’s character goes into the creation of every person. When we were in the womb, God saw us. He sees us in the hidden places. He knew all of our days before we drew a breath. What if you began each day declaring that you are fearfully and wonderfully made by your good Father? How would that affect how you view yourself and your life? How would that change how you view others?

When I experienced how fully known I am - and loved - by Jesus in my darkest days, I began to understand  how real His love is for me - for all of us. Intimacy with God and confidence in His unique plan for your life will bring deep satisfaction to your soul and confidence, joy, and strength for your personal journey. This world needs you to be you – the you God created for this time and space.

Have you ever compared your life, looks, job, kids, marriage to that of another? How can comparing derail us from our own destiny? What would it look like if instead of comparing we refocus our attention to our Father and stand on the truths in His word about who He says we are?

Holly Newton is the Exhale Women Visionary. Read the story here. You can connect with her on Instagram
 

A Time for Everything

"There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven: a time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build; a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing; a time to search and a time to count as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away; a time to tear and a time to sew; a time to be silent and a time to speak; a time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace." Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Recently our pastor gave a sermon on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. For about forty-eight hours after the sermon both my husband and I found ourselves processing our current “season”. We’ve recently come out of a really tough season. One where we felt unsure and anxious. A season where our faith felt tested and some days shaky. But, in all of that uncertainty it was also a beautiful time of growth where I felt Jesus draw me closer. Seasons like this are hard, but I wouldn’t trade them. They are often the ones that define much of our relationship with our Father. These are the moments where the true character of God shines through and its good!

“For the Lord is good, and his faithful love endures forever; his faithfulness, through all generations.” Psalm 100:5

My husband also found himself processing a different part of our season. Over the past year we’ve seen a change in a close relationship. Changes that we didn’t choose. Changes that we haven’t wanted. But here we are watching the relationship shift and we can’t control it. For almost a year we’ve found ourselves fighting it. The fight has been internal as we’ve processed feelings of hurt and confusion. We’ve made efforts to figure it out. We’ve reached out trying to get answers. Yet, it’s still changing.

My husband shared with me that he thinks we need to stop fighting the change. It’s both of our natural tendencies to fight for the things we love and care about. We both feel big and love big. So when something is important to us, we will fight for it. But maybe this isn’t our fight. Sometimes “it’s a time to search and a time to count as lost” so maybe this is our time to “count as lost”? We spin our wheels trying to control the season or muster up enough strength to change it, but ultimately we can’t control it. So maybe we have to allow it to change.

Today I find myself in a season of rebuilding and dreaming. It’s a good place to be. But as I sensed a new season of peace coming I prayed that I would not allow myself to be distracted by the good and pay less attention to my relationship with my Father. Have you ever done this? In the most desperate and trying times in our lives we spend much of our time praying and asking. Seeking and hoping. In these moments God feels so close we could touch him. We recognize how much we need Him. But then our season changes, our anxieties lessen, and we don’t feel so desperate for help. We talk less and our relationship feels like it shifts…even if just a little.

But I don’t want this. To put it simply I don’t want to be a flake. I want my relationship with my Father to be consistent. I don’t want it to feel like the tide, flowing in and out. I want it to be steady. The truth is, it’s not my Father who is wavering, it’s me. I don’t make the time to pray and talk to Him. I allow my mornings to be taken over by my “to do” list instead of making the time to sit and be still. There are two of us in this relationship and I need to make the time. So, that’s where I am right now. I’m thankful for the good and peaceful season but struggling to keep my connection with my Savior priority as I allow this world to distract me with all the things. What I need to remind myself it that though it may feel like it, my relationship in of itself is not changing. My God still loves me and we are still connected. It just looks different in this season. And there is grace…always grace.

The beauty of changing seasons is that Jesus is always there. He’s always consistent. He embraces us in the struggle and celebrates with us in the joy. He hears our prayers and He knows our hearts. He never leaves us. Ever.

“The Lord is good to everyone; his compassions rests on all he has made.” Psalm 145:9

What season do you find yourself in right now? Is it one of struggle or one of joy? Whatever it may be, find a way to embrace it. Lean in to Jesus as you are processing and walking it out. Don’t miss the chance to learn and grow. Don’t pass up a chance to see Jesus in whatever season you are walking through. He’s there. Always.

Heather Williamson, a native Texan resides in Franklin, TN with her husband Steven and her three girls Kayley, Kaidence, and Kaitlyn. Heather and Steven celebrate that God rescued them from a broken marriage and redeemed their relationship with one another and their Savior. They have a passion for walking along-side couples who are struggling in their own marriages praying God will use their broken story to be a testament of hope. Heather also loves sharing life around a table with other women as they enjoy the God given pleasure of a good meal.  Speaking of food, she loves the gift of a good taco, queso, or guacamole…really she just loves Tex Mex.