When I told my oldest brother that we were moving to Oklahoma back in 2002, he responded, “Oklahoma? What’s in Oklahoma?” It’s nearly 67,000 square miles provide a backdrop for God to showcase some of His most fascinating masterpieces of creation. But, if you are looking for the night life and an ongoing list of things to keep yourself entertained, you have probably not chosen the right state to call home. Unless, that is, you like football. That’s never been a problem for Chris and me. We are homebodies, plain and simple. Our entertainment consists of hanging out on our back porch enjoying the scenery around us. We also enjoy doing things outdoors with our boys and spending time with friends. A good restaurant is nice to go to every now and again, but for the most part, we cook our own meals and stay home. Did I mention we have a back porch? 🙂 On this back porch we have a swing. Every inch of it was created by the hands of my man. It is the place where we enjoy our morning coffee, our afternoon chats and our evening wind down sessions. We love our swing. We love it because on the hot summer afternoons it’s the only place on the porch that can catch a breeze. The southerly wind shoots straight up our street, wraps around our house and then gently caresses us causing the 100+ degree heat to no longer matter. However, sit on that swing in the dead of winter, say on a January afternoon and you will be chilled to the bone with that wind coming out of the north. It’s bitter and harsh and provides no comfort whatsoever. Life is like that sometimes. There are seasons in life that are relatively easy. Jobs are secure, relationships are healthy, things work without a lot of effort. We call these seasons South Winds. Then, there are those times where everything is painful. Nothing is going right no matter how hard you try. You are met with a brick wall at every turn. We call these seasons North Winds. As you can imagine after nearly 17 years of marriage, Chris and I have been through these seasons many times. There have been some South Wind seasons that are sweeter than I ever dreamed possible only to find that a North Wind season was on its way. And we can usually tell when the seasons will change. South Winds are necessary. They allow you to breathe, to rest. And we need that. Even though North Winds are painful and very uncomfortable, we need them, too. For it is in those difficult times that we grow. Only we don’t see the growth until we swing back into a South Wind season. Chris and I are entering a North Wind season ourselves. Nothing bad is happening by any means, but there are definitely some things on the horizon that we are gearing up for. Things that will cause us to spend a little more time on our knees. What about you? What season are you in now?