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Friday, March 27, 2015

Ch-Ch-Changes

If you're in the Heartland, you know it's Spring by the calendar, but not by the weather.
The beginning of the month, there was the most snow we've had, followed a few days later by a major thaw.  Then it got cold.  Then it warmed up nicely.  Then it got cold and it has stayed that way.  Most of us are freaking out, feeling robbed of nicer weather.  This is the time when winter may just break us.

We are  hearty Midwesterners.  We can handle this.

The grass WILL green.  The sun WILL shine.  Once the flowers pop open and we run for our antihistamines, a sense of well-being will follow.  And hope.  There's just something so wonderful about green shoots coming from the brown, lifeless earth.  What was dead becomes alive again.  Just like Jesus.  It never fails to amaze me.

A change of weather and a change of attitude create an immense sense of thanksgiving, as well as relief.

After a great deal of prayer, I've made a decision for my own changes.  For seventeen years, I've operated a boarding kennel that has allowed me to meet some great dogs and even better owners.  But it's time for a break.  After Memorial Day, I'm closing the kennel for the summer.  I am unsure whether I will reopen in the Fall.  We're just going step by step here, People.

Like Spring, I feel hopeful and excited about what is to come, as well as a sense of relief and well-being.

There's not many times I can point to and say I asked God to bless something, but the kennel was one of them.  When Darren and I began it in 1998, it was with the intention and peace that God led the way.  When the schedule looked like it wasn't very full, God took care of things.  I never worried.  And as faithful as God is, He was gracious enough to show me that it's Break Time.  So I will trust this next step too.

And you should too.

"Thank you" doesn't even begin to cover my feelings of gratitude for the wonderful supporters I've had.  Come to think of it, neither do "merci" or "gracias" so I'll try something else.  May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May His Face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.  May He look upon you with favor and give you peace.

Amen.

11 comments:

  1. And so it begins!

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  2. I'm glad the boarding business continued to thrive, Kirby has missed the country setting...enjoy your summer!

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    1. Betsy! So nice to hear from you! Thanks for commenting. I hope Kirby is as wonderful as always.

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  3. The Lord bless you and keep you too Lynn as you go forward step be stepm

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  4. The Lord bless you and keep you too Lynn as you go forward step be stepm

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  5. Oh my, understanding you must follow where God leads. But will you continue your blog? I will miss it immensely, your words of wisdom and witnessing have helped me to understand more about God's word. Willy will miss you (already have been missing you since it has been so long since he visited) God Bless you and Keep you Lynn.

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    1. Hi Melissa - I do plan to keep the blog going. I so appreciate your encouragement as well as all your insightful thoughts.

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    2. YAY!!!!!! So very happy about this! I love your blog. Keeps me on track. =)

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  6. God bless you as you take a well deserved break. Your business has been a blessing and has opened the door to meeting and getting to know you.

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