A fresh start

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Texas forgot about winter. She just skipped over it as if a good frost wasn’t necessary. Here we are in March with temps reaching the 80’s and flowers blooming like it’s May. As a native Colorado girl, I’m not so okay with this. But it seems Texas didn’t take my opinion into account when she mapped out the forecast.

There’s just something about approaching spring and summer that brightens my day (no pun intended). Maybe it’s the feeling of embarking on something new, the hint of change, the expectedness of something great. The longer days can never hurt either (is it just me, or does your productivity increase ten fold in the summer too?). Somehow I eat better, I work-out harder, I am more consistent with my quiet times – it’s like Spring kicks me in the bum and tells me to ‘get in gear’.

Spring is the perfect picture of a fresh start. It is a reminder to take a close look at the different areas in my life — finances, health, relationships, hobbies, commitments, spiritual growth — and evaluate. Do I need to improve? Do I need to scale back? Do I need to work harder? Do I need to change my methods? How can I be more efficient? How can I be more effective? It’s a moment to refocus, to revamp, and to revise. It’s a time of the year that brings about renewal.

A couple of weeks ago, the GLOW team had a virtual meeting to connect with one another and discuss our vision, answering a few of the questions listed above. We all agreed that Lord was doing great things with this blog and each of us are as passionate about writing as we were when we launched in Fall 2014. But as with any good thing, there are always ways to improve.

From day one, we have been committed to consistent posts containing quality content that encourage women to grow closer to Him in the every day. We have posted five days a week for over a year and a half, and while we are very thankful for this opportunity and platform, we have decided to take a step back, even if it’s just for a time, to refocus. After prayer and thoughtful consideration, we decided it would be best to post three times a week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – for the next few months. Our goal moving forward is to publish longer, content-rich posts that place an emphasis on Scripture and relate to women in various stages of life.

Amanda, Kelsey, Andi and I will continue to post every other week. Our monthly writers will also continue with monthly contributions, and of course, we still welcome guest submissions. From the busyness of life, coupled with several of our writers undergoing major life transitions in recent months, we agreed that this change would allow everyone extra time to write a thorough and thoughtful post, and would give some of us the break we need to sit back and reflect on what it is the Lord is prompting us to share.

Spring is a reminder of God’s ability to make things new. But according to the Bible, His mercies are new every day.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:23-23 (ESV)

Each day, it is our prayer that GLOW brings you closer to Him. Whether we remind you of His goodness, prompt you to dig deeper in Scripture or encourage you in a difficult time, our goal is to give God the glory. We look forward to all that the Lord has in store for GLOW in the coming months. Know that we are thankful for you, our readers, and are praying for you as you walk through life daily pursuing Him.