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Seasons, "they are a changin"

Updated on October 17, 2015

New life

The seasons are changing, as they do, for some of you summer has given way to the fall. The trees, once full of life and wonderful green leaves slowly changing ccolor, first sunshine yellow, then turning a deep gold before changing to a deep brown and finally leaving their abode as the tree goes dormant waiting for the spring and new life.

For us in the southern hemisphere we are in the start of the change to what promises to be a glorious summer, the cold and rain of the last few months are slowly and reluctantly giving way to the warmer dry times ahead.

For me, I notice it most in the change in the way people behave, the cold grumpy one waiting for the bus (and who wouldn't be grumpy having waited half an hour in the rain!) is slowly giving way to the cheerful "I've been enjoying the sunshine" folks that inhabit the summer months!

The difference a month makes

The Wisteria looks amazing. No need for a sun umbrella!
The Wisteria looks amazing. No need for a sun umbrella!

As one winter ends another spring begins

Let's face it, our Earth, as wonderful as she is has always been a globe, every part interconnected! but that means that if we're closer to the sun then someone else is further away! they're going into winter when it's cold and dreary at times, but there is hope as there is always summer on the way!

For us the winters aren't all that cold (Hamilton is too near the Equator for real cold) but it does get down below freezing at nights there are some plants that actually need the cold to blossom.

Isn't it the same in our lives too? There are things that we actually need the 'hard times' in our lives to bring out for us! Stuff that we would never really know was 'in there' if it wasn't for the tough times!

For us for the last few years we've gone through some tough times that at times we really didn't know where to turn for help and even though we're both strong believers it really didn't feel as if God himself was all that interested, yet no matter what the situation and no matter how much worry or crying at night we did things just seemed to come out right in the end!

At the start of the week there wasn't enough in the bank to see us through to the end of the week, yet at the end we got there and there was still a bit left!

Actually that part is a bit of a lie as for about five years there wasn't any left and in fact each week the gap was growing bigger! we weren't listening but we were screaming at God!

Eventually the crunch came and the bottom loomed ahead, that was when things started to change, we knew we were in a 'winter' and it was a lot worse than we we'd thought, that was when the words "You're finally listening" was heard, and "Don't panic, follow my lead"

Winter in New Zealand

This is less than a minute walk from my front door!
This is less than a minute walk from my front door! | Source

Following the lead

Has taken us down some paths that we would never have even dreamed of at the start (mind you I never dreamed this hub would take this angle, but I'm going with the inspiration and the muse!). Job loss lead to working three different jobs in less than a year and eventually to a job that's much more like a vocation than a job.

By the way I've decided that having a pastoral qualification (I went to Bible college) helps for Bus drivers as you get to hear many of your passengers woes and they actually listen to any advice or words of wisdom (rarely given out) you give out.

That paid the bills but we still needed a place to live, we'd had to sell our own house and to add insult to injury we were renting from the new owner, then something happened and within a few weeks we were moving into a house that was beyond our wildest expectations, OK we're renting it but it's amazing, and while the neighbors are 'interesting' (they'd be in fits of laughter to see me writing that) they are probably the best neighbors we could ask for!

Slowly the seasons have changed for us.

A recent trip

This trip got us to see two New Zealand cultural icons
This trip got us to see two New Zealand cultural icons | Source

Spring is here, that means summer is coming!

But that's enough of the negative stuff! why? because the seasons are changing, and just as they're changing through the year thwy are also changing in our lives, the thing is do we notice it?

How about you? Those seasons are changing in your life too! That's a fact that none of us can change! and nor should we want to, As we head into the next stage of life remember we need all the seasons to really grow! Spring's new growth and flowing rivers can't come without the hard lessons and snow of the winter. Summers bounty can't come without the rains of spring topping the lakes and rivers off (in NZ that's vital as most of our power comes from Hydroelectric power plants). Autumn preperations can't come without the bounty well planned for and used and finally without the preperation of the Autumn the winter would be a problem.

So, whatever season you are in, rest assured that the seasons are changing, and with the right preperation (and the Good Lord to guide you) you can prepare for the next and better part that's to come!


How?

Okay, I can almost hear you saying how did they change? Well I've got to be honest, it took planning on our part. Planning to make sure we lived within our budget was the first part, but that wasn't all.

One great bit of advice we were given right at the start was to plan for the little luxuries! Plan that once a week Jodie and I would meet up and go out for lunch, just to have some time for us with no one else or anything else around!

Another part was we stopped using the cards! Easy to say, hard to do but when the wages go in Jodie pays our bills and takes out cash for things like groceries and petrol, once that's out of the account then we don't touch the account until the next payday! Not enough money to pay for the groceries then things go back on the shelf until the next payday (we prioritize what we need even with the groceries) it was really hard at first but slowly gets easier! Our basket is usually full of fruit and meat! (you can make the pies and cakes for a fraction what they cost in the store!).

Planning like that meant that for the first time in years we had a day in Auckland recently where we got to so some of the 'tourist stuff' and even went down to the 'in place' to dine in Auckland (the Viaduct harbor) to have lunch and we erally didn't have to worry about how we were going to pay for it!

By the way the two New Zealand icons are the Sky Tower (No, didn't get to bungy jump off it this time) and the America's cup racing boats that we saw on the water!

What about you?

Are you thinking about the season in your life ahead?

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Here's to the next season

Wishing you a good season ahead
Wishing you a good season ahead | Source

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      Lawrence Hebb 18 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Figured as much, but remember when you've got the awesome summer weather we're in winter!

      Lawrence

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      Lori Colbo 18 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Jealous.

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      Lawrence Hebb 18 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Lori

      The wisteria is from our 'yard'! We,ve got a wooden deck extends out off the main kitchen/living area with an enclosed area. The wisteria is there and I've got it to grow out over the deck so we've got shade there the whole time!

      Wisteria flowers in early spring so now we've just got green foliage but you can enjoy the cool shade in sweltering temperatures

      Right now I'm sat outside enjoying the shade catching up on emails.

      Blessing

      Lawrence

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      Lori Colbo 18 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      This was lovely. That photo ofwisteria is truly amazing. Is it from your yard? I had on o ce on an archway to my outdoor stairs. Fall is my favorite season

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      Lawrence Hebb 21 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Genna

      This was a fun hub to write as it wasn't just about changes in the weather but the changes in our lives.

      Changes come, but its how we deal with them that makes all the difference.

      Glad you enjoyed the hub

      Lawrence

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      Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a gorgeous hub. "As one winter ends, another spring begins." How true, and in so many ways. Our summer has ended; fall is now visiting, holding the door open to another winter that awaits, down the road. And with each passing season, so are the profound changes in or lives. Thank you for giving us a peek into your lovely home of New Zealand.

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Deb

      It gets easier as you get into it! One thing that has been a surprise is when we go to buy stuff for cash and the sales person says "Cash huh! In that case I can give you 50% off, provided you take it today!"

      Glad you liked the photos

      Lawrence

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad to hear that all is well, Lawrence. I do my best to save for a rainy day, too, and it really isn't that hard once one gets used to doing it. Nice photos, which give me a chance to see a little more of NZ.

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Mel

      Glad you enjoyed the hub. I'm an 'adoptive' Kiwi (a Brit who married a kiwi girl and emigrated) but we tend to be pretty upbeat with a "She'll be alright bro" kind of attitude!

      Have a good one

      Lawrence

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Linda.

      Glad the hub cheered you up a bit and got you to look at some of the positives in the changes.

      I read your comment and thought of an ad we have here at the moment where Grandpa is moping around because his chess buddy has gone off to University, then he gets an idea.

      Next thing you see the grandson is in a lecture when an email comes through on the phone. There's a picture of the chessboard and a message say "hurry up boy, I haven't got all day!"

      Changes come, but its how we deal with them that counts :-)

      Lawrence

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Larry

      Glad you enjoyed them, I really should try and use more of my own photos, trurh is I've only just worked out how to take the photos on the phone and transfer them to the hub via another computer!

      Shows there's hope for me with this technology thing I suppose :-)

      Lawrence

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Denise

      Thank you for the encouraging comment. I'd been thinking of spring and the changes that it brings for a few weeks but it took just sitting down and writing 'off the cuff' as it were to get the thoughts together.

      I'm pleased to hear that you're heading into a 'springtime' in some respects, that's always encouraging.

      For us we can see some of the changes and it's like the first buds on the trees, I uesd the picture of wisteria that almost hides our deck at the moment, truth is in summer it's our favorite place to sit and read!

      So true that the Lord never lets us down, but sometimes we have to listen closely!

      .

      Lawrence

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      Mel Carriere 22 months ago from San Diego California

      Beautiful hub from what looks like a beautiful country. Although I went to Australia twice in my navy days, I never had the pleasure of stopping in the Kiwi country. Glad you are coming out of your winter, both astronomically and financially. For a guy who works 65 hours a week you sure have an upbeat attitude. Outstanding hub!

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      It may be spring here, but its also raining! Actually its just a few drops and we're thankful for them.

      I think it's about making the most of the moment, yes live 'in the moment' but a little thought can make tomorrow even more awesome than today is!

      Lawrence

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Mactavers

      Thank you for the visit. There is a season for everything, that verse has helped us so many times. For us the key has been ro follow his leading and plan for the next phase.

      It might not always work out the way we plan, but in the planning we talk to the Good Lord and he shows us what needs to change.

      Lawrence

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      Linda Lum 22 months ago from Washington State, USA

      I love your positive outlook. Have been feeling a bit ho-hum lately (I live near Bill and we are heading fast and furious into Autumn), but your hub today has made we recognize that I need to focus on the change in me and look for the little things in life that are good--moping about sure won't solve anything.

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      John

      I think everywhere is a 'little piece of paradise' in some ways. I haven't come across the TV programme you mention but it might be on at a time I'm not at home!

      Last night I was watching a programme though about a guy from Sydney movong to New Zealand's west coast to build his dream home! Talk about two extremes! The guy was a writer and was looking looking to get out of the city, it was interesting, but I've got a feeling he really didn't know whay he was in for! There's remote and then there's WEST COAST REMOTE!

      Glad you enjoyed the hub.

      Lawrence

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      Larry Rankin 22 months ago from Oklahoma

      Really enjoyed your pictures.

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Paula

      Glad you enjoyed the hub. My favorite photo is the one of the river, there's 87 steps down to a walking track that runs by the river and goes all the way into the city. An amazing walk.

      They sure keep us on our toes!

      Lawrence

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Patricia

      They sure do! Having a plan means you're ready for them when they do, sticking to the plan is a different story! The hub I planned was very different to the final one that came out! Still it was fun to write and I'm glad folks enjoyed it

      Lawrence

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      Denise McGill 22 months ago from Fresno CA

      Very cleaver putting the season and the changes we all go through together. I think with each year of life we must all face changes, physically, mentally, socially and financially. I'm facing fall here in California but the Spring is coming financially after a long and bitter winter. I tend to look UP to God's provision anyway. I know He won't let me down. Thanks for the peek into your world. Refreshing.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's fall here and I'm in the fall of my life. That's about as poignant as I'm going to get today. :) For some reason (probably the cold rain) I'm annoyed that it's spring there. LOL

      Happy Sunday, my friend

      bill

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      mactavers 22 months ago

      We've only been there once, but we loved your beautiful country. The Old Testament verse, " To Everything there is a season... is so true. Thank goodness you were able to trust and move forward.

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      John Hansen 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I really enjoyed this read Lawrence, and you do certainly live in a little piece of paradise. I hope we get to visit New Zealand one day. I can also relate to going through different seasons in our lives and having to be frugal to make it from one pay day to the next. One of my favourite TV shows at the moment is called "800 Words". It is about an Australian writer who takes his two teenage children to live in NZ after his wife is killed. They live in a fictional town (I think)called "Weld". Every week he writes a column for a magazine back in Australia..about life in his new town and it is always exactly 800 words. I wonder if you get it on TV there. Blessings to you and Jody.

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      Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      A wonderful read with thoughts to ponder and lovely photos to enjoy. The changing seasons remind us of all the changes occurring in our lives every day. Thank Heaven for "change." It keeps us on our toes!

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      Patricia Scott 22 months ago from sunny Florida

      They are indeed changing....for sure and no matter what we do nothing will stop that so being prepared, having a plan, is spot on.

      Now that I am retired I am very aware and conscious of spending (Or NOT)....and even have some part time jobs provided by friends that help keep me in with money for the extras.

      UPbeat hopefilled message....

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Glenis.

      Glad you enjoyed it.

      Lawrence

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      Glenis Rix 22 months ago from UK

      A very positive outlook on life. And lovely pics too.