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



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
Beaches, Footprints, Good News, Navarre Beach, New Year

Where Are We Going?

I always find myself looking at the different shapes and sizes of footprints left by passersby when I walk on the beach.

In areas away from the water, it looks like the morning after a beach party.

Nearer the surf, all evidence of their passing disappears within minutes.

I think about who might be walking together. 
Where were they in their journey when they left these tracks?
 Had they just started out?  
Or were they almost home?

Were they just out for a stroll? Or was this serious exercise?
Did they talk? If so, what about?   

Or did they just walk along in companionable silence?


If they were barefooted, weren’t they cold?

On the way back, I try to tell which footprints are mine.

And with the birth of a new year, personal questions come to mind.

      • Where did I walk in 2014?    
      • What did I do?    
      • Who did I serve?
      • Did God direct my steps 
      • Or was it just my doing?
      • Where does He want to take me in 2015?
      • What should I carry into 2015? 
      • What will I leave behind? 
      • Who will accompany me? 
      • Who will I leave to His plans for them?  
      • Does God have any specific goals for me?

Not my plans.
Not my critics’ suggestions
Not even my encouragersideas—because we’re all limited in our understanding. 
I want to know what His plans are.
Where does the God of the Universe want to take me this year?
What will we do together?
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, Eph. 5:15
Of one thing I’m certain, wherever He takes me, 
I want to be the bearer of 
His Good News.
That very thought brings me comfort, courage and the growing conviction that 
if I will Stop, Look and Listen, 
He will lead me.
What about you? 
Where are you going in this new year? 

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, 
Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, 
Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” 
Isaiah 52:7

Reflections from Dorothy’s Ridge 2015. All rights reserved