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Changes and letting go

Please welcome my friend and fellow Christian author/blogger, Davalynn Spencer as she helps us move through seasons of change and letting go.

By Davalynn Spencer

“Fuel up,” “pack up,” “load up.” These were oft-repeated phrases when our family rodeoed. With “up” attached to so many words, we must have lived a glass-is-half-full kind of life. Either that, or we had a roundup mentality.

When Mike said, “Load up,” our children and all the dogs knew what he meant, and it had nothing to do with piling one’s plate at the buffet line.

This particular command came drifting across the years to me recently, opening memory’s gate to our diesel-driven days. Now, only one of the family continues to rodeo, and the remaining dog is so old he couldn’t jump into the bed of the truck even if he heard the order. Which he can’t.

I’m not sure he can see the truck.

The season of our life has changed as clearly as the leaves around our home.

Autumn’s oranges and yellows have been there all along. We just don’t see them until chlorophyll-producing photosynthesis slows and the green fades.

The transition is closer to “letting go” than changing, and somehow that makes the idea easier to accept. After all, didn’t someone once say, “The only people who like change are wet babies”?

Someone else said, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Eccl. 3:1 NKJV). However, it’s often just as hard to let go as it is to change, especially when we must let go of loved ones, our youth, favorite pets, careers, homes, relationships.

God’s grace for the task is there for the taking if we’ll simply ask and await His answer. Of course asking is easier than waiting, right? Waiting takes time.

Our pastor encouraged us with his message last week and drew our laughter when he quipped, “Give God a minute, will ya?”

But we don’t. We’re in too big of a hurry. Why is that? Are we afraid we’ll miss something?

I’m afraid I’ll miss something if I don’t take time to watch those leaves slip from verdant green to glorious gold. Or take a moment to breathe in the crisp, clean air of autumn, and give God a minute to touch my heart.

Lord, help me slow my internal clock to Your eternal tempo. Help me fuel up on You.

This article first appeared on Sept. 16, 2019 at

Author Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer can’t stop #lovingthecowboy. As the wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters, she writes romance for those who enjoy a Western tale with a rugged hero, both historical and contemporary. She holds the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction and is winner of the 2019 American Fiction Award, sponsored by Best Book Fest, for her book “Unexpected Redemption.” She also teaches writing workshops and plays the keyboard on her church worship team. When she’s not writing, teaching fiction, or playing, she’s wrangling Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. Learn more about Davalynn and her books at Sign up for her newsletter and receive a free historical novella.

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