A Fresh Start

Hello friends, I’m excited to announce that my website is getting the makeover it deserves. I have some smart people helping me do all the things I don’t know how to do and I’m thrilled to be moving forward with this project. I’m even more thrilled to share the new look with you when it’s ready. It won’t be long now!

Fall has me thinking about fresh starts and changing seasons. The leaves are changing here in Wisconsin and they’re gorgeous. I can’t seem to get enough of the beauty around me. But all too soon the leaves will all fall to the ground and a thick layer of snow will cover the bare branches once again. I can’t say I’m ready for the cold of winter, but it does bring a unique beauty that can only be found during this long season.

Winter in Wisconsin seems to last forever. You know that feeling we all have right now? We just want 2020 to be over. We hope that with the flip of the calendar to a new year, all the craziness of 2020 will be a distant memory. That’s kind of how I feel about winter every year. I’m always more than ready for spring to arrive!

But just like each season has a purpose and it’s own kind of beauty, so does 2020. Friends, don’t let this year escape without learning something from it. Maybe you’ve learned to appreciate your family and friends in a way you haven’t before. Perhaps you’ve spent this time learning to be intentional about blessing others. Maybe you’ve learned to appreciate what was that no longer is and once it can be again, you’ll appreciate it all the more. (That made perfect sense, right?!)

One of the things that I’ve learned during this time is to appreciate what is. God has taught me this lesson through chronic illness, yet He teaches me again during the craziness that is 2020. I need to live in the moment that is and not hold out for what I wish it would be. God has give me this time and I need to decide what I will do with it. Will I let it slip through my fingers or will I make the most of it?

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” ~Ephesians 5:15-17

I love that God tells us (multiple times in His Word) not to live like fools. It’s a good reminder, isn’t it?

Lord, help me to act thoughtfully and understand what You want me to do with the precious time you’ve given me. #FaithOverFear

What is God teaching you this year? I’d love to hear all about it! Drop me a comment and let’s continue the conversation in the comments.

Until next time,


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I'm the author of "Howie's Broken Hee-Haw," a photographer, and lover of all things adventurous. I'll walk alongside you and help you discover joy for your journey and freedom in Christ!


  • mimionlife
    September 30, 2020 at 10:45 am

    God is teaching me to pause and listen for His nudges and His Word. He has a plan for my writing. I am thankful for great writer friends like you who encourage and inspire. 🙂 Have a blessed day!

    • Josie Siler
      September 30, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks for sharing that, Melissa. I too often want to jump ahead, but God has been reminding me to slow down and appreciate where I am with my writing. Blessings, friend!

  • Jeannie Waters
    October 14, 2020 at 11:43 am

    Thanks for sharing your 2020 lessons, Josie. I’ve learned that less is more. Less “going and doing” allows time for deeper connections with God and others. As always, I love your photos.


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