Necessary Endings

I love/hate this book.




Necessary Endings by Dr Henry Cloud.

I have some necessary endings going on in my life right now.

A sold house that has been home for 20 years.

Leaving a ministry that has been my CALLING for 25 years!

My youngest son, his wife and “g” babies moving away in 3 weeks.

That nightly sweet snack that has landed on my thighs! (OK that one is NOT SO NECESSARY!) 

This book has truly opened my eyes to some stuff I honestly didn’t want to know. At the same time, it has built my faith for trusting God and even being EXCITED about stuff I can’t figure out.

It has given me HOPE for what God has to be born. 

That is what this season is mostly about isn’t it? Hope. New Birth.

Hope for restored relationships.

Hope for a better future.

Hope for a healed body.

Hope for a better marriage.

Hope for a new assignment.

The song playing while I write today goes like this:

Long lay the world in sin and error pining.

‘Til he appeared and the soul felt it’s worth.

A THRILL OF HOPE, the weary world rejoices.

For Yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. 

This season is about necessary endings and new things being born. The end of a year and the anticipation of a fresh one to come.

Jesus was born to die. Through His birth, we have hope. Through His death, we have hope.

Christmas sparkles with great excitement. The birth of Jesus set the stage for a life that was hard, dangerous and uncertain, which set the stage for NEW HOPE and NEW LIFE.

Necessary Endings.

Anticipated Beginnings.

What is “ending” in your life today. or maybe what NEEDS to end, so that God can give birth to something new and better?




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  1. Life is all about new beginnings … which often necessitates ending old ones. As humans, we are creatures of habit, of familiarity, of holding close to those things which make up our routine, our way of life. We like to settle in with our predictable ways. Sometimes we do not have a choice to an ending … it comes about as someone else’s decision or their own new beginning. Divorce, a geographical move to a new location, a job firing or downsize, a son or daughter who marries & relocates, or goes into deployment, an unexpected death of a loved one or family member … there are many changes that challenge us in our lifetime. It is truly how we accept those endings as we trust in God that brings us to our new beginnings. We can’t see the future, the outcome, the reason many times, but we choose to “walk by faith, not by sight”, confident that our Father has nothing but good for our expected end. It is in that peace that we take our transition from one familiar, through a doorway into our new beginning. With God all things are possible, and if God be for us, who (or what) can be against us. He will bring us through it all.

    1. Iris, you are such a wise woman. Well spoken truths my friend. Thank you for taking time to share with me. It is precious to have you visit my blog!

  2. Well written dear Pat…I pray that as you lean into the Lord..He will continue to walk you through what may appear to be a maze but rather is a beautiful plan He wrote before time began.
    Thank you for your transparency and desire to please your Savior. Love you so much, Judy

    1. Thank you Judy! I just got me some sweet words from YOU!
      Hey, it’s Christmas, it must be time for a dinner date 🙂

  3. Necessary Endings…
    Most often in my life this has meant letting go of the “good” so that I could take hold of the “better.”
    Or, releasing my grip on that which is “better” so that I can fully embrace that which is “best.”
    Maybe this process could best be described as a dance… constant movement … taking hold…letting go…ever the movement forward .

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