Life is sometimes compared to seasons.

2009 brought the loss of my Mom. There were so many other things too that year that were very difficult. It was a really hard year.

2010 brought with it yet another loss for us. Added to the previous year’s it was almost overwhelming. I had some minor health issues that were still unresolved, and I finally went to the doctor I should have seen in the first place. He told me that the root cause was stress. Thus began my journey of learning to deal with the aftermath of an incredibly challenging and emotionally draining year. 2010 was the year that I got the help that I needed. It was still a hard year, but it was not all bad.

2011 will bring plenty of things that I don’t expect. Part of me is now glad that I don’t know what’s coming! But I think that 2011 will be a year of new beginnings. Springtime, after a very long winter. It seems poetically fitting that the birth of our next child will happen in the spring.

I love the way that God has designed the seasons, bringing the renewal of spring after the hardship of winter. I can’t take any credit for surviving the past two years. I have not come through any of it in my own strength, but only through His. And when winter comes ’round again, it will only be through His strength that I can face it. Still, I’m thankful for the respite. I’m glad I have the chance to look back and see His hand in everything. No matter what is to come, I will remain in His hands.

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39