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Seasons of the Soul

It’s Friday once again my good sojourners. I once again am joining up with Miss Lisa-Jo for the mayhem that is Five Minute Friday, writing for 5 minutes straight – and no more! – on a single topic. Without further ado, here is my five minutes on this week’s theme:


Five Minute Friday


Tree in mist

Photo by net_efekt

The days are just a bit shorter now.

The air not warm, not yet crisp.

The leaves bear the evidence of the unending change – not yet fully changed, and yet starkly different.

In my heart I sense the the darkness coming.

And like a child on the floor I kick and fuss and whine and cry.

I grab the proverbial door jamb of life and refuse to go quietly into the unknown.

I look before me and all I see is darkness; death; cold; storms.

My eyes trained on the struggles ahead. The burdens. The heartbreaks. The pain. The failures.

Though all around me, filling the periphery, there is beauty. Vibrance. Color. Light. Life. Fruit.

I stop my screaming; slow the hurried pace of my puffing breath long enough to notice the beauty in the new.

The life in the changes.

I cannot hold back the changes in my heart anymore than I can stem the tide of the changing seasons.

But I can embrace this autumnal presence as what it is – a gift. The signs of a new phase. New steps. New joys.

Yes, there is pain; discomfort; even death. But this death produces such a vibrant life that I would be remiss to ignore the process and risk losing the joy that comes in the morning of crisp, white snow.


I’m linking up with The Better Mom, Time Warp Wife, Growing Home, The Miss Elaine-ous Life

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22 Responses to “Seasons of the Soul”

  1. Stunningly beautiful writing! Loved every word 🙂

  2. stephanie says:

    Beautifully written and so true.

  3. such beauty here. in your words. in the changing of these seasons. lovely.

  4. Sisterlisa says:

    I love Autumn… and even though we miss out on some of the colorful portions of the season (live among palm trees), I can still feel it in the air.

    • Autumn is my fave season by far! And after growing up in the AZ desert, I love living in a place where actually experience the season! But sometimes, autumn of the heart is so cinnamon-spicy. 😉

  5. Becky Daye says:

    So incredibly lovely, Jennifer! Wow, wow, wow!!! As always, your words speak to my heart in a beautiful way. Thank you.

  6. Denise says:

    Such beautiful words here.

  7. Annie says:

    Oh, these in between seasons, and beauty and heartache all held together in the tension: I am right here with you. Beautiful.

  8. Amy Tilson says:

    Such beautiful writing. It felt so big and overpowering. There was a brooding sense I couldn’t shake, but resolved into this quietness. Gorgeous!

  9. Danelle says:

    Such truth here as we wait for seasons to change. I, too, have noticed the slightly shorter days. We are standing on the edge between summer and fall, yes? I was wondering if you have read Mark Buchanan’s book, SPIRITUAL RHYTHMS? I think you would love it. So glad to meet you. 🙂 I can sense the depth of your heart in the words tapped here. 🙂

  10. Too long since I’ve stopped in to visit…
    Just beautiful.
    And I can relate.
    Thankful for you and your words…

  11. Elaine says:

    I really, REALLY needed to read this today. I can relate to your words here and apply them easily to my life. Your beautiful writing inspires me… xo

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