They say as you get older time flies by faster. As much as I don’t like to admit I am older, there is truth in that old adage. For the sake of this February recap post, I am going to blame how quickly the month of February flew by on the fact that it is a short month. Let’s stick together on this!

February, typically, is one of my favorite months. The jury is still out whether that is true this year. Let’s take a stroll back through February and see what I am learning, loving and living.

February is a month that I reflect on what was, is and will be. I am past the feeling of beginning again with January and ready to go deeper. With that thought, I am learning …

When you turn a another year older, it is God’s way of giving you a priceless gift. As I celebrated another birthday, I remember I am loved, cherished by family and friends and given the sweet gift of time to share all the love with others.

That writing about purpose gives you a chance to reflect on where you are in your own life. Purpose is God-driven, God-ordained and lifeless without God.

I am not a winter-lover at heart. My body, mind, and heart love the change of seasons, and as I grow older, I yearn for Spring, Summer and Fall.

I am loving…

Books and more books! Here are a few that I am reading or finished during February.

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay. I like fiction and non-fiction books equally but for different reasons. I fell in love with books by Katherine Reay when I read her book, Dear. Mr. Knightley, several years ago. If you love all things about Jane Austen and her cast of characters, step into the world Katherine has created.

Invitations to Solitude and Silence by Ruth Haley Barton.  My dear blogging friend, Linda Stoll, started a book club at the beginning of February and we are reading this book. I love how it is perfect for me at this time in my life. Click HERE to head over to Linda’s and learn more about the book club.

A Place to Land by Kate Motaung. I have been anxiously waiting for this book to publish for the last several years. This memoir from Kate takes you on a journey between the United States and South Africa. It chronicles Kate’s experiences of seeking home in the middle of her parents’ divorce, her mom’s battle with cancer and the challenge of seeking home on two different continents. It will hit bookstores on April 2. I am honored to be on the launch team and cannot wait for all of you to read it too. You can pre-order your copy today.

My grand puppy Belle!

I am living …

With hope that even in a hurting world, our children will grow into who God created them to be. Our lives will have challenges but God will ultimately prevail. A hope that surpasses all understanding as we reach beyond what the world says and reach for the truth of who God is. My teacher heart is hurting over the senseless school violence. I needed to process it so I wrote about it here, Are We Bleeding Out?

Knowing that my purpose comes from God and each day I begin again by letting go and trusting the future to Him. One of my new favorite podcasts is The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman. In Episode 24 she references a book called, What Now? by Ann Patchett. She shares these words from the book:

What now? is not just a panic-stricken question tossed out into a dark unknown… It acknowledges that our future is open, that we may well do more than anyone expected of us, that at every point in our development we are still striving to grow.

I think that’s the perfect period to my series on purpose. Click HERE to check out the whole series.

No matter whether you love Winter or Spring, February is a month that many times is just a small blip on the calendar. It always seems to race by and we wake up one day and realize it’s March. February taught me how much I need sunshine to get me through. It also continues to teach me that no matter what I am faced with, joy or sorrow, challenges or achievements, good days or bad days, God is always present and He cares deeply about everything I feel and experience. No one will ever care more about things than your Father.

May you find reason to celebrate each day anew as you hold onto the hope of greater things to come.

Blessings and here’s to the arrival of Spring!

Enjoy some of my favorite February photos scattered throughout this post.

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