As this post reaches you today, it is already two days into October. Summer is officially over and Fall has arrived. September is a memory and I have no idea where the time went. How about you?
What I love most about sharing these monthly posts is the chance to look back as a way to move forward. I’m left with the gift of memories as well as deep gratitude for the fingerprints of God’s Hands in every detail.
September played out like this:
Hot, humid, sunshiny days
Rainy days that seemed to never end
A shift into Fall-like temperatures
And good news
September was good and oh so challenging. This is what I am learning, loving and leaning into:
I am learning:
That waiting isn’t for the faint of heart. Waiting seasons refine us as well as provide new perspective. It is only a deep reliance on God that brings us through to what He already planned just for us. We can trust that God is always present and working in the waiting. And what is waiting on the other side is the goodness of the Lord.
My love of summer is still there, but the last blast of hot and humid days about did me in. Ugh! Can you relate to what I’m saying?
And I am learning that any change in seasons whether physical, spiritual, mental, or emotional is a sweet respite from the challenges of the previous season. What looks overwhelming in one season may now seem manageable. The feelings of anxiousness or grief are replaced by a cleansing grace that could only come from God. In Psalm 74, we read these words of tribute to God:
You own the day, you own the night;
you put stars and sun in place.
You laid out the four corners of earth,
shaped the seasons of summer and winter. Psalm 74:17 MSG
God is in everything and we need not struggle to find Him even in our difficult seasons.
I am loving:
That I am going to be a grandma! Coming in March 2019!
The chance to work part-time at my local library.
Anytime with family. It is a gift when my out of town family comes to visit.
The thought of wearing fuzzy socks, yoga pants, and wrapping up in super-soft blankets.
I am leaning into:
The grace of my Father who wipes the slate clean and allows me to start new each day.
All I am going to learn in Priscilla Shirer’s Bible study, One in a Million.
Intentionality. Where do I see God each day? Will I notice? And if I do, how will I help others see His beauty?
The gift of friendships and how they span over years.
And finally, capturing the changing seasons in photos as a way of preservation, but also the chance to share God’s magnificence with others.
So sweet friends,
Where does this new season and month find you? What are you learning, loving, and leaning into you? Please share in the comments. We grow so much when we share a piece of ourselves with others in community.
As October stretches before us, let’s reach for the beauty of what’s ahead and rest in the peace that God has it all under control.
Here’s to shorter days, cooler temps, and the changing color of leaves!
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