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A Time of Renewal

Autumn is a wonderful time of year.  For many years I always hated Fall.  It meant the end of summer, the messy leaves, the cold wind and finally the beginning of a long, cold winter.  It wasn’t until I moved to North Carolina that I began to see how beautiful the colored leaves actually were.  The gentle kiss of the cooler weather after weeks of heat and humidity was a welcome relief.  The truth is, Autumn is the perfect time for reflection and renewal.

Instead of viewing Fall as the time of death and dying, wouldn’t it be great to see this as an opportunity to put to rest bad habits, procrastination and weakness? Instead of concentrating on negative thoughts and self destructive thinking, what would your Autumn days look like if you focused on positive thinking, mindfulness and the art of self-control?

With today’s hectic lifestyles, continual bombardment of distracting emails, texts and social media announcements, how can any sane person get in touch with their inner awareness of their spiritual selves?  This is not new age mumbo jumbo. If you don’t take control over your thoughts, your health and your time, then you are essentially allowing diversions, abstractions and abstractedness to keep you from being the successful, accomplished, and life-giving person that God created.

As you rake the leaves this month and fire up the furnace, remember that the season of Autumn can provide you with not only beautiful pictures and long sleeve shirts, but it has the potential to bring you around to living a life of purpose and fulfillment well beyond your imagination.

“The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever.”

Isaiah 40:8


  1. The changing seasons remind me of starting over. We are all given a chance each and every day to do just that. Fall is my favorite as it’s colorful postcard is just a mere transition to the approaching winter that will unfold. The land prepares for a long nap. What we perceive as cold and darkness will soon bring new color and new life. That infamous reminder and reflection of starting over yet again. We are all given a chance to take that first step, no matter the season we are in. There is purpose for the ever changing seasons indeed. We have purpose too, and maybe the changing color and bright white, along with darkness each yea, remind us that no matter the scenery outside your window, you have a fresh start awaiting. God’s postcard is always changing but HIS unfailing love is grounded. HE loved us first-

    • Dear Lisa
      Thank you for your kind words. I needed to read them. Such a blessing. Especially since they were written on October 21st. A very special day for me. You’re so right, the Lord is so good to us, we can count on His love which never changes.
      May He bless you every day.

  2. Kathy Craddock October 21, 2015

    Love the Bible verse posted – makes me appreciate Autumn more and not dread the cold weather coming…

    The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” ISAIAH 40:8

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