Shifting Atmospheres

There’s a shift in the atmosphere today. A smell of snow in the air. The crunchy fall leaves have been laden with the damp that makes them droopy and dull. I think it might snow tonight.

Seasons. Short, too long, bleak, or exhilarating. The one constant is that they are always changing. 

If I could sit across the coffee shop table from a young woman of faith today, I would like to tell her

Live the season you are in. Don’t wish for another, where you could be doing more

for the Kingdom

for the church

for the world.

If you are a devoted follower of Jesus you already have everything you need. You are already changing the world

one little-runny-nose at a time

one spread-sheet at a time

one kind-word-to-a-stranger at a time.

Because, it’s not about doing. It’s about being. 

Being available. 

Being kind. 

Being exactly who God created you to be. 

What is your one priority in this season of your life? Is it your family? Your job? Your friends? Choose wisely and prayerfully. 

Then, be. 

Be all you can be in that one priority. See where that takes you.

You might just shift atmospheres.


I get up in the middle of the night and peek out of the window. Fresh snow blankets the lawn, giving a shimmer to the dark that wasn’t there the night before. Hello snow. Hello Winter. I wonder what this season will bring … 

“Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” Andy Stanley

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]

Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.

For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good – not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.”  Matt. 11:28-30

Guest Writer: Joy Bailey. A wife, mom, grandma, writer, and lover of all things chocolate. You can find her at