Summer Freedom
by Joanne Ellison
08.16.21
08.16.21

I hear so many people saying that they are sad to see summer coming to an end. Parents of school age children generally are happy to get kids back to school but even some of them say that the end of summer brings on challenges of structure, early rising, and its own set of stresses.

I for one am always sad when summer ends….

The freedom I feel with less structure…

The bright sunny days…

I even like the hot days…

My heart feels lighter and my schedule is lighter too…

But God….

He ends one season in order to bring us into another season. For those of you who follow my blog or teachings, you have probably noticed that I have been constantly talking about entering into new seasons. I sense that the body of Christ is awakening to a new call; a fresh anointing; a new perspective. Even for me, an avowed-summer-lover, I am ready for the summer season to end and the fall to begin. I am ready for this awakening. Something is stirring in my heart that speaks of new beginnings.

As a community of God-seekers, I invite you all to join us for our fall reset. We have returned to home base for our Drawing Near to God Community after a fire blew through our building and we had to find space elsewhere. Appreciation to Ashley River Baptist Church who graciously opened their doors to us for three years and to Saint Peters church for a year and a half. This was such a gift to us. Thank you! And now we come back together to study God’s Word, challenged by the times in which we live, looking to be strengthened as a Drawing Near to God Community.

So, back to summer for a brief moment. When we leave a season, we take with us the lessons learned, the people we encountered, the joys and hardships of the past season. Bringing this experience into the new season enhances the season in which we are embarking. As we journey with Christ, each day we are learning to be a light to the world. We do not have to be a superstar to light up our homes, work places, schools, etc. We simply need to shine by taking the past, living in the present and looking forward to our future. Jesus was clear that our call is to love Him with all of our hearts and love our neighbor as ourselves.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

Sisters, we must first be awakened to our call. We must remember to grab the good from our past season into the present season. And those things that were not as good…. hand them over to Jesus. His arms are open.

Here are some pictures from yesterday’s fun and of the summer activities. I rode the jet ski with my 14 year old grandson. Why you ask? I have been asking myself the same question! The only thing I can say is we are making memories. Now my back… that is another thing.

 

With great affection for each of you on the path to drawing near to Jesus. Join us for our kick off luncheon free of charge on September 9th and let’s make memories together.

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