New Beginnings Start With Endings

For 19 years this room was home base, the living-room. For me it is bitter-sweet. It is time to move on so I have emptied the place. I have sorted, packed, thrown away and locked up treasures in safes and inside of me too.

My ending it someone else's new beginning.

                                       My ending is someone else’s new beginning.

As I carried the last few things out and walked around praying through the house I found myself experiencing almost every emotion. The over whelming one though was relief. It’s finished.

One friend suggested I dance in this room thanking God for the 19 years as my last act. That was a possibility, but I was so tired and emotional all I could do was lie prostrate in the middle of this floor. I cried with thanks for the myriad blessings and good times this house offered to us and to all who passed through our doors. God used this home to bless many!

I also thanked God for the sad and trying times, knowing that we are all stronger because of them. And for the fact that they are now past.

It is a new season of life for me. This particular ending is one of the biggest evidences of that fact. I still have to wait for my new home to be ready for me, but this door is closed and locked behind me. I can only go forward!

And I hear the promises of God calling. I hear the great cloud of witnesses cheering me on to keep fixing my eyes on Jesus, the one who knows and loves me best.

As I consider that this is the Lenten season, one to refocus and to let go, it seems fitting for me to be without a home of my for a while. (Semi-forced giving up ;-}!)

By the time your read this the new family will have signed, paid and moved in. I bless them with the fulfillment of all their hopes and dreams!

I will be enjoying a few days of vacation. I am tired and happy, dancing on the inside….


Andrea (Madden) Van Boven : I like to think I am a radical lover of Jesus, but I live in a house and pay bills and look like I fit in with respectable society, like most people. What goes on in my head and heart are hopefully the things that betray the look of "normal" that comes at first glance. I hope those things inside of me seep out to actions as well as words of hope and encouragement. I pray that these in turn will lead others to know the loving creator who knows us so intimately that he has a number for every hair on every head.

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