Celebrations, fall, Fall Color, Life Lessons

ORANGE OCTOBER

October is awash in color.

Orange Sunrises and Sunsets

dark-orange-sunset

 

Maple leaves and sumac stands along the road

 

Potted Mums

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Pumpkin Patches

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I love small celebrations, so I decided to decorate a little

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and break out my orange cups for the Scribes for Christ writers’ group.

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My friend, Cindy, brought those festive cupcakes for our little gathering.

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We had a great time.

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But then, anytime spent with friends is a celebration.

Drop by some afternoon, and I’ll serve you coffee or tea in an orange cup, along with a sweet bite–it may just be candy corn on a cute napkin.

What about you?

Do  you  like to decorate and entertain this time of year?

Walk with the wise and become wise

Proverbs 13:20a

Encouragement, Fall Color, Good News, Growing Older, Guidance

TRANSITIONS

 

The last day of September dawns brisk and bright,

Invigorating even the laziest soul.

Come outside, she calls.

Lift your face to the sun.

Feel the breeze on your cheek,

Stroll down the way.

Let me show you the subtle changes I bring

A hint of scarlet in the maple leaf,

Acorns scattered on the ground,

Pampas tossing shaggy heads,

All in time to an eternal rhythm.

Open your eyes to the infinite.

Listen for the heavenly strains.

Be present in the moment.

God will guide you into the next season.

 

I’m headed that way.

Won’t you join me?

 

God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. 
They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.

Lamentations 3:22-24 MSG
Devotionals, Fall Color

A Season to Shine

For a long time, I thought sumac was an ugly plant. Nothing about it impressed me.  All it did was blend in with other weeds. But that was before I realized it was the source of the flaming reds and oranges I saw transforming the roadside in the fall. 


Now when autumn rolls around, I’m on the lookout for sumac. And once again, I haven’t been disappointed. I wish you could have seen its leaves igniting the roadside on a recent trip. 

While the trees were just beginning to turn, the sumac was already glorious, especially where the sun was shining. Autumn is truly its season to shine.


Have you ever felt like sumac in summer? Nondescript. Unimpressive. Unimportant. Just filling space. 
I have. 

The Enemy of our Soul wants us to think we’re no more important to our Maker’s plan than that common green sumac was to me. 

But the truth is, God created each of us to play a part in His Kingdom. The time will come when He’ll invite us to come into our season

Unlike the sumac, we have a choice. I hope we’ll say yes, so we can shine—not for our glory, but for His.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 
Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

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