I love it when a simple spiritual reminder is tucked away in an ordinary moment. It often happens, when I am working in the yard. Today was no exception. As I was bending over to pull a few weeds underneath a tree, I noticed that an empty bird’s nest had fallen to the ground.

My youngest son returned to college to start his sophomore year today. Each time he leaves, I get a lump in my throat because it is a reminder of the “empty nest” season that I am facing. I guess you could say, “there are no more little birds in the nest”.

Facing “empty nest” for me has been more than my children leaving home. It is a reminder of the loss of baby Abe. I think about how different things would have been had he lived.

As I bent over and noticed the “empty nest“, my heart was full. There is no doubt it was placed there just for me. During my season of grief, God continually used the simplistic message about birds found in the book of Matthew as a continual reminder of His love for me.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31

Even though the nest was empty that I found today, it still had purpose.   I can be confidant that even though I am approaching a new season of life, there is still purpose for me.   I know there is much more love to give, hope to spread and life to live.

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26

No matter what you are facing today, you are not alone or forgotten. I encourage you to “look to the birds of the air” and be reminded of the Father’s great love.

“His eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches me.”

Just as most women, Michelle wears many hats…but is a wife and mom first. As the wife of a retired first responder, she understands the stresses, odd shifts, missed anniversaries and the ongoing mental stresses of playing “mom and dad”. She has two sons, Brandon (23) and Dawson (18). She has been married to her high school sweet heart for 24 years. She is an insurance professional with a degree in business administration. Despite a full plate with family and career, ministry remains a priority. In 2010 she launched the ministry Women by Design. Women by Design is a non-profit ministry that host annual conferences and retreats for women. She is also the co-founder of Restored Hope Ministries, Inc. She loves high heel shoes, decorating, gardening, reading, chocolate, coffee with peppermint mocha and spending time with her Labrador Retrievers.  Michelle is available to speak at your next women’s event!   [email protected]