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A New Season

I love the change of seasons and after the winter we have had this past year I am even more eager for spring to arrive!  I can’t wait for the weather to get warmer,  to open my windows, and to enjoy being outside again…a breath of fresh air!  Seasons are good because they bring changes.  As I am getting ready to do some spring cleaning I’m seeing a direction change for my blogging as well.  I will still report back here to A Pilgrims Ponderings from time to time.  Unfortunately having once been diagnosed with cancer makes it part of my future.  There will always be follow-ups and tests but for now I’m putting my trust in God and not being anxious about it.  Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

I would like to invite you all to my newest blog, New Wine for New Wineskins here at WordPress and sign up to follow it.  Each “chalk chat”  or post on my chalkboard will be a devotional, many relating to current events.  Perhaps it will be something you will be able to use as a tool in sharing with a friend or co-worker, as well as hopefully strengthening and refreshing your own soul!  I hope you’ll choose to join me on my new journey.

Here’s what I wrote on my new blog about why I’m titling it New Wine for New Wineskins:  

Matthew 9:17, “Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Wineskins were made from clean animal hides and used for storing and carrying wine.  As new wine continues to ferment, the carbon dioxide produced causes the wineskin to expand.  An old wineskin would already be stretched with no room for expansion and thus be unable to hold new wine.

 I would like to think of the posts on this blog as “new wine” for the soul.  As it goes down and you meditate on God’s Word, allow it to ferment in your spirit and expand your heart and passion for God. Growth is good! As a new creation, be the new wineskin to receive His Word and allow it to revive your soul. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
I feel this verse sums up the point I’m at right now, bursting with a love for God’s Word and the revelation He gives and I want to share it with you my readers!  I make no apologies.
“For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me;
inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst.
I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply.
I will show no partiality, nor will I flatter anyone;
for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.”
Job 32:18-22

“Blooming” trials

This week I heard the word “blooming” used in a way I wasn’t familiar with.    I had always thought of blooming only in the sense of flowering or blossoming.  The word “blooming” can be used as an adjective or an adverb, rhyming with crewman or human,  is chiefly British and was probably a euphemism for “bloody” as in a bloody fool.  It is used as a generalized intensive.

Photo credit: Joshua Siniscal

Photo credit: Joshua Siniscal

This happens to be one of my favorite times of the year.  I love to see all the trees budding and flowers blooming, the grass turning green and lawns getting cut, flower beds being cleaned up, and gardens started.  Unfortunately for so many with seasonal allergies this is not a favorite time of year but one of dread.  Green dust covers our cars and the pollen count climbs higher.  I see many with puffy itchy eyes and congestion.  It makes me wonder how something so beautiful can cause so much heartache and discomfort?  The pollen’s got some blooming nerve!

At the same time, there are horrible things like cancer or many other trials and tribulations that are not beautiful in and of themselves but can bring forth beauty.  It’s like a bulb or seed in the ground…ugly, dead, lifeless, hidden.  After a period of time and nurturing in the soil, with some warmth from the sun, and some water, a new life pokes out of the ground and blooms for all to see!

My lilac tree

Patience, the lilac tree

This is the same in our lives.  A bad report, some unwelcome news, a loss, or a heartache happens.  Our heavenly Father holds us in His bosom, comforts us, cradles us, gives us hope, warms us in the Son, refreshes our spirit with His Word, and once again we are ready to bloom in a new place where He has planted us for yet another season in life.

My oldest daughter loves lilacs and when we moved to our current house I planted a lilac tree that was only about 18″ high.  It took several years before we even had one bloom on the tree and while we waited she aptly named the tree “Patience.”  It is now tall and full of lovely blossoms but they didn’t come overnight.  It took a lot of love and nurturing, some very cold winters, and a time of waiting before others could enjoy the beauty and fragrance that it gives off.

“I will put beautiful crowns on their heads in place of ashes.  I will anoint them with oil to give them gladness instead of sorrow.  I will give them a spirit of praise in place of a spirit of sadness. They will be like oak trees that are strong and straightThe Lord himself will plant them in the land.  That will show how glorious he is.” (Isaiah 61:3 NIRV)

Blooming where you are planted (amidst your trials) is a bloomin’ good place to be!