MADE NEW

When life falls away

Cainspirations by Kristi Cain, originally published October 7, 2021

DISCOVERING DESTINY.

Overcoming Darkness.

How are you overcoming lost blessings? Let’s journey together!

It’s that time of year again. Crisp air and cool breezes. Sweaters and hot chocolate. Trees ablaze with deepening hues.
 
Many people’s favorite season of all. Unlike the coming frost that too often saps our outlook.
 
The perfect time to remember that, like the times of year, the seasons of our life are ever-changing, no matter the temperature of the day.
 
In many ways, the last two years have felt like one long winter. A chill of dark skies with only a pale, inconstant sun.
 
The weight of grief, loss, and disappointment growing thicker and heavier as more and more loved ones are forced into once-unthinkable valleys.
 
So, what do we do when the warmth of autumn fades and the last leaf falls away, leaving us bare and bereft?
 
The good news is that when we go through these long seasons of closing doors and windowless nights, there is still good news awaiting us.
 
Because God’s word teaches us that, more often than not, the old life we seem to be losing is actually being made new. Planted and rooted so we can burst forth to a new spring day.
 
Life as she knew it was about to end for Rahab, the Jordanian prostitute. Her entire city-state doomed to perish. The walls she lived and plied her trade within destined to crumble.

But Jericho’s winter was giving way to Rahab’s spring. A life of sin destroyed and replaced by one of honor. Marriage to the Israelite Salmon, adoption into a holy family, and recognition as one of the few women named in the lineage of David and Jesus Christ.
 
The old Naomi was gone. The god-fearing woman with a loving husband and two strapping sons. All that was left was Mara, “bitter.” The fruits of a long season of famine, death, and loss.
 
But after she buried the three people she loved the most, it was Naomi’s Moabite daughter-in-law who guided her feet forward into a new season of life.
 
A season that would crown her one of the rare matriarchs in the lineage of Christ. A lineage only made possible by her son’s widow, Ruth, and her new son-in-law, Boaz, the child of Rahab and Salmon.

A spring that would have never come without her long, dark winter.
 
There is even hope at the end of life, that lone winter day which will not lead to another earthly spring.
 
The dark chill of a closing grave. A stone that must roll firmly shut in order to open again and break every box that holds us in. Giving dawn to the victory of the new life and new light that will never be dimmed again.
 
So, whether we are grieving an old life colored by sin, a righteous life embittered by loss, or a full life that has reached the finish line, our future is still held by the Creator of eternal beginnings.
 
And it is in those very moments that walls crash and tombs close that we are being held, being planted, and being made new. A victorious, unstoppable spirit reborn in the power and majesty of the kingdom soon to come.

 
Want to know your divine calling? Find out with my “Discover Your Destiny” Quiz!

YOUR TURN!

Don’t make me do all the talking – I’d love to hear from you!

  • How has God brought spring forth from a winter season in your life?
  • Do you want to hear about anything else? Any prayer requests?

Just shoot me an email – don’t be shy! And I promise to reply!

BEAUTY IN TODAY

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PHOTO CREDITS (top to bottom, left to right): *Calf Creek Falls by Jessica Soto, Boulder Town, UT; Mountain Muse by Dylan Ross, Mt. Rainier, WA; Wildcat Lake by Linda Hill Link, Banner Elk, NC; Friendly City Sunset, by Jaimee Chrisman, Athens, TN; Harvest Basket by Stephanie Finch Bright, Athens, TN.

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Thanks for visiting with us today! I hope I’ve helped you feel encouraged! – Kristi

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Work looks a lot like play for Kristi Cain and includes freelance writing for Crosswalk, inspirational blogging, writing fantastical stories of Christian fiction, teaching English to teens, and being able to say, “I’m a former journalist.” Home is nestled in the Smoky Mountain foothills with her husband and teenage children. If you ever want a little encouragement in your day, check out her newsletter. Hop over to her website for her latest happenings and join her Facebook group, a fun, faith-based community.

Cain’s life experiences and faith journey have lent her the lens through which she shapes stories of unlocking the light of destiny out of darkness. Through her writing, she hopes to encourage people to understand that the difficult places in life can be the very ingredients that shape the greatest destinies.Join my email list

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PHOTO CREDITS (top to bottom, left to right): *Calf Creek Falls by Jessica Soto, Boulder Town, UT; Mountain Muse by Dylan Ross, Mt. Rainier, WA; Wildcat Lake by Linda Hill Link, Banner Elk, NC; Friendly City Sunset, by Jaimee Chrisman, Athens, TN; Harvest Basket by Stephanie Finch Bright, Athens, TN.

* Like Jessica’s photos? Follow her at www.MyBestWifeLife.com!

Want to share your “Beauty in Today” picture or inspirational musings? Shoot me an email and you just might be featured in my next issue!


Thanks for visiting with us today! I hope I’ve helped you feel encouraged! – Kristi

Want to join my Cainspirations family of heroes? Click here!

https://kristicainbooks.com

Work looks a lot like play for Kristi Cain and includes freelance writing for Crosswalk, inspirational blogging, writing fantastical stories of Christian fiction, teaching English to teens, and being able to say, “I’m a former journalist.” Home is nestled in the Smoky Mountain foothills with her husband and teenage children. If you ever want a little encouragement in your day, check out her newsletter. Hop over to her website for her latest happenings and join her Facebook group, a fun, faith-based community.

Cain’s life experiences and faith journey have lent her the lens through which she shapes stories of unlocking the light of destiny out of darkness. Through her writing, she hopes to encourage people to understand that the difficult places in life can be the very ingredients that shape the greatest destinies.

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Author - Teacher - Encourager Kristi is a wife, mother, inspirational blogger, Crosswalk contributor, and crafter of fantastical stories of Christian fiction.

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