Everyone has their favorite season, and those who live where all four take place within the year, have the joy of experiencing the wealth and lessons that each one bring. I have been blessed enough to live on the East coast and look forward to my favorite time of the year, Autumn! And this year God has been revealing some amazing things as I sip warm apple cider and cozy up as the air turns crisp.
Nothings lasts forever, seasons change in the blink of an eye.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
Just as the weather changes, so do different seasons in our lives.
At the beginning of summer it seems like you have all the time in the world, but the seemingly endless days slip by and the next season arrives with returning to school, coming home from vacation and “back to reality,” and preparations for winter.
For me, the end of this summer meant the end days of my pregnancy, and two months ago I gave birth to a sweet little boy.
Now let me tell you, the newborn days are beautiful but hard, and sometimes in those moments when you’ve had no sleep and are in survival mode, it seems like this season will never end.
This is how I felt and this was my second time going through this season! I know first hand how truly fast it does go by and I had to remind myself to enjoy those new days of getting to know my son, and all the baby snuggles, because while hard and exhausting, this short season really does go by fast.
So whatever season you may be in, just hold on, cry out to God in hard moments, and remember life is always moving forward. The next season is already on its way.
There is beauty in letting go
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”Philippians 4:6 NIV
Often times, we hold onto things that no longer serve us. Things like fear, anxiety, and guilt just to name a few.
God wants nothing more than to gather up all our worries and take the burden from our shoulders.
How much more at peace and confident would we be if we trusted God and gave over everything weighing us down?
Just like the trees that go through so many changes throughout the year, inevitably the colder weather sets in and their leaves change into glorious gold, red, orange, and brown. They bask in the beauty and then they let go.
Seize the day
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”Matthew 6:34 NIV
There are some ideal autumn days, perfect for visiting pumpkin patches, walking through the vibrant woods, or going on a hayride.
And then there are some not so ideal fall days, days that are dreary and cold and rainy.
This has reminded me to enjoy and take advantage of the good days. In life you will have good and bad days, so make the most out what you are given because every day is a gift from God.
“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.”Lamentations 3:40 NIV
As the days grow shorter, the nights get colder, autumn comes, and life starts to slow down and shift.
When you’re ready to cozy up by the fire and have some hot chili or pumpkin spice latte (or whatever your fall drink of choice is!), this is the perfect time to gather yourself.
To look within and make sure you’re aligned with the values you want to be living by and giving your spirit rest.
To also quiet your mind and heart so you can hear from God.