I love the summers in Southern California. Even though I love Texas and have been a Texan for over 11 years combined (2005-2015, and 2010-present), I will always choose summers in California. There’s something magical about driving along Pacific Coast Highway, passing a beautiful beach after another beautiful beach… My favorite beach by far is Laguna Beach. Whenever I’m there, I stare out into the ocean wishing that the moment, the day and the summer would last forever…
BUT IT ALWAYS COME TO AN END.
In Ecclesiastes 3, the author (most commonly believed to be King Solomon) states that there’s a season for everything under the sun:
“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 cast 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 cast 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.”
Now getting into my personal life…
In 2016, God put on my heart to write a book and to start a podcast to encourage and inspire Christians in an “outside-the-box” type of way. After doubting myself — so ultimately, doubting God — for three years, I finally obeyed his command to write a book on Biblical Meditation. I rode the high of being a published author by doing a book tour from October 2019 to March of last year… until COVID-19 shut everything down. Since then, I’ve been trying to write a new book, but God kept on telling me that my next “thing” was to be a podcast. I told God that I didn’t think I was the one to do that. The thought of launching a podcast terrified me; but because it terrified me, I knew I needed to do it for God’s glory. So I started getting really excited about taking that leap of faith and entering the world of podcasting. I got myself on a schedule and a plan to launch on March 2 of this year… AND THEN EVERYTHING CAME TO A SCREECHING HALT.
Let’s rewind a bit: I have homeschooled my daughter since she was in 2nd grade (she’s now a high school junior), and this year, we joined a homeschool co-op where one of the parents from each homeschool family is required to either teach, assist, set up or clean up. This semester, I’m teaching a Print Journalism class to 7th-12th graders, and I’m creating the weekly homeschool newsletter. Last week was our first week back from break, and it was one of the busiest weeks I’ve had in a while! To make the long story short, I realized that until this semester of homeschool co-op is over, my life is going to be mostly about homeschooling and a little bit about teaching my virtual classes… which means NO PODCAST LAUNCH ON MARCH 2. Initially, I fought the inevitable. I tried to re-evaluated my schedule to see what I can move around to make room for the podcast prep work. I looked everywhere to see if God snuck in a couple of extra hours (in addition to the 24 hours that He’s given me), but I couldn’t find the 25th and 26th hours. 😭 So after many failed attempts at resistance and trying to make it happen, I surrendered to God’s new podcast launch date for me: May 4th. Once I “let go and let God,” I felt a sense of peace come over me, and I was able to enjoy the rest of the week without feeling overwhelmed.
The season I’m currently in is a homeschool educator who teaches virtual classes. And just like any season, it won’t last forever… so I better enjoy the beauty of this season, and then I will enjoy the beauty of the next season in my life.