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Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl EXCEPRT

Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl EXCEPRT

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As the oldest child in an impoverished Amish family, Lydia Lee knows little more of life beyond hard work, sacrifice and extreme hunger. Yet, even as a young girl she strives to be content with all God has provided.
Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, Lydia’s childhood unfolds as her family struggles to survive, finding strength from their Amish faith. But, when tragedy strikes, that very faith is tested beyond what any child should have to endure. When all hope seems lost, Lydia is reminded that all things have seasons.
The spring of her life has been spent planting prayers in the soil of sadness and heartache. Will she see a summer of true love? Will there be a harvest of happiness?
As the oldest child in an impoverished Amish family, Lydia Lee knows little more of life beyond hard work, sacrifice and extreme hunger. Yet, even as a young girl she strives to be content with all God has provided.
Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, Lydia’s childhood unfolds as her family struggles to survive, finding strength from their Amish faith. But, when tragedy strikes, that very faith is tested beyond what any child should have to endure. When all hope seems lost, Lydia is reminded that all things have seasons.
The spring of her life has been spent planting prayers in the soil of sadness and heartache. Will she see a summer of true love? Will there be a harvest of happiness?

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Published by: Elizabeth Byler Younts on Mar 31, 2012
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Prologue
Living in Vermontville, Michigan (2011)
 An Old Lady Speaks
I
ONCE
 
HAD
 
a friend who bent down to tieher shoe and never made it back up. Shedied. She had just turned eighty.I celebrated my own eightieth birthdaysurrounded by my entire family and manyfriends. Despite missing my dear husbandand my son, who both passed throughtheir winter seasons all too early, I had awonderful day. I got out of bed, tied myshoes, and enjoyed the big surprise partywaiting for me at my son David's house.Every birthday naturally ushers in greateagerness for what’s next, but worry isguaranteed to follow for the same reason.Aging has its benefits; I know that daysturn to years overnight. I know that theebb and flow of life can unfortunatelybecome more captivating than celebratingthe season God wants us to live out.
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 The Bible talks about these seasons of life. It says,
To every thing there is aseason, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a timeto die; ... A time to weep, and a time tolaugh; a time to mourn, and a time todance; ... A time to love, and a time tohate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Each season is filled with storms odeath and loss that, nonetheless, providecomfort in their fulfillment. Iveexperienced great happiness and sadness,as everyone does. When I reminisce on myearly years and how God used them toshape and prepare me, I am in awe.When considering my life I am struck bymy season of spring. It’s a journey of lovelost and found, heartbreak, fears, andeven dreams come true. I am not sure thatin my later seasons I would feel so deeply,love so strongly, and strive with suchdesperation if it werent for what Iexperienced as a young girl in thebittersweet spring of my life.Here are my memories, how I rememberthe season of my girlhood.Welcome to spring.
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