It is always a sweet blessing to introduce you to new writers each month. Today I welcome Tara Ulrich to this space to share her story. Tara and I have never met in person, but the connection we have runs deep through years of Five Minute Friday and just supporting each other in this online world. Tara writes at Praying on The Prairie. Show her some love over at her home and below in the comments.
The trees are covered in deep hues of red, orange and yellow. The leaves are shedding and falling to the ground. The crunch of the leaves echoes in my ear with each step I take. The changes of the season are all around us as summer morphs into Fall.
The truth is that sometimes life throws us unexpected change. During these times, we desperately want to trust that God knows what God is doing especially when we are unsure of ourselves.
In these changing days of a Fall, I find myself once again standing in liminal space; a season of change; that place between what was and what is to come. It is during these times of transition that I find myself clinging to God’s promise that God will never leave us or forsake us.
A few summers ago, I also found myself in a time of unexpected change. As part of my healing, I climbed to nearly the very top of Estes Cone in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. When I almost reached the top, there was a makeshift altar and cross to my right.
I stood around the altar and cross, tears trickling down my face. The salty taste of tears felt on my tongue. The words of Ellie Holcomb’s Red Sea Road echoing in my ear as I listened to these words “Sometimes we have to bury dreams leave them deep in the earth behind us.” Then prayers lifted to God like incense rising.
In the days to come, God answered those prayers lifted that day on the mountain. God showed me that even in the changing of seasons, new life rises! In the words of Clarence W Hall, “Easter says you can put death in the graves but it won’t stay there.”Join me at #TellHisStory as Tara Ulrich, our featured writer, tells her story of a season of change. #newpost #featuredwriter @diakonia78 Click To Tweet
Changes don’t stay either. They are only for a season.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”-Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
And today I know that this time of uncertainty and change is only for a season. I trust in the one who hears my every prayer and calls me by name; calls you by name.
Don’t you just love how our stories collide with HIS story? Knowing we are sure to face change is less scary when we hold onto the truth of knowing God is always with us. Share your own season of change in the comments.
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Hello! I’m Tara! I’m a single girl who desires deeply to be a wife and mom. I am a minister of Word and service; a deacon of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) serving in western ND. I am currently in a time of discernment. I have served churches in Williston ND, Minot ND, Dilworth MN and Beulah ND. I am a farmer’s daughter, granddaughter and niece. The prairies of ND are my happy place. It is holy ground! I also am the daughter of a woman who lives daily with a mental illness. I self-published our story into a book titled “Living as A Daughter: 31 Days of Mental Illness.” I love spending time with my fur babies; my kitties Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom.
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