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.