FALL IN LOVE WITH JESUS

There’s just something about fall…  we want to spend more time in the house nesting, baking, pumpkin spicing EVERYTHING!  We get out long enough to enjoy a tailgate party and watch a football game – but even then we’re snuggled up in a stadium blanket.  It’s time to slow down and rest.  Are you weary and burdened?  Jesus says He will give us rest!  We can trust that promise to be true because Jesus doesn’t lie.

The bright summer had passed away, and gorgeous autumn was flinging its rainbow-tints of beauty on hill and dale.  – Cornelia L. Tuthill, “Virginia Dare: Or, the Colony of Roanoke,” 1840

It’s about time for me to change from plain cotton sheets to cotton flannel sheets.  They’re so soft and comfy and surprisingly cool.  I used to think they would be too warm, and I’d end up too hot at night, but that hasn’t been the case.  They’re perfect for the fall and winter months.

As I begin counting my blessings this year, at the top of my list is the way Jesus brings sweet rest to my weary and burdened spirit.  Along with the theme of rest, I will include the set of new flannel sheets on the bed.  The house is slowly transforming into a warm and cozy oasis from a cold and cruel world.  Isn’t that what home should be?

[T]hat old September feeling… of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air…. Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes and failures had been wiped clean by summer.                 – Wallace Stegner

So many people get the urge to do a deep cleaning in the spring – we’re bombarded with magazine articles about spring cleaning.  I’ve always been prone to do my deep cleaning in the fall.  Don’t ask me why, but I have more energy and the spirit seems more willing, and if there’s one thing I know about myself – I have to strike while the iron’s HOT.  I know that energy won’t last.

I say a little prayer, then I’m off to the races, cleaning out closets and cupboards, scrubbing and mopping, sweeping and dusting.  When I’m finished, I’m more than ready to ask Jesus to give me that rest He promises.

When I was younger, I spent a lot of time out shopping and fighting off the crowds of people so I could find some bargains.  I had people to buy gifts for, so I was part of the crazy rat race!  These days, I opt for a warm spot, hot tea, cozy slippers, and a laptop.  It’s a blessing to have a time of rest and renewal.  The older I get, the more I appreciate rest.

What’s at the top of your blessing list?  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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MY GIVE A HOOT

The closest I got to having a pet owl was buying a FURBY. :-/

We all have one… I’m talking about a GIVE A HOOT. Mine has been less than enthusiastic lately, but today it completely flat-lined. Why? Well, it could be the mild temperatures and almost no wind we have enjoyed the past couple of days. It could be something else. I don’t know and dare I say… I don’t care.

Even though I don’t give a hoot right now, I must admit that owls fascinate me! They are nocturnal creatures – like me!

When I was little sometimes I stayed with Granny & Grandpa on their farm. At night those ol’ barn owls would stir things up. I know some people would be frightened by it, but I wasn’t. I always felt very safe and secure at the farmhouse. Granny LaVella used to say that the barn owls are better to have around than a cat because they eat mice and other critters. She made a brush pile and scattered seed on the ground to attract the mice, which in turn attracted the owls. Owls don’t like bird baths, but they did like to go to the horse trough, I guess because it was deeper.

Of course the barn owls nested in the barn, but they also enjoy the dense mature trees with good limbs to roost on during the day. They don’t like direct heat either and will seek out a shady place to spend their daylight hours. There were plenty of hollow trees on the farm and the owls seemed to be attracted to them. There were also a couple of special places in the loft where the owls nested. Owls nest in January or February, earlier than other birds. Little owlets are so cute! Awe!!!

So even though my give a hoot seems to be a little disheveled at the moment, I think owls are very cool and I definitely give a hoot about them! 🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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NEW YEAR NESTING

Around the first of October I began feeling it; that indescribable urge to nest. I wanted to feather my little nest with fluffy cuddly cozy things and stock up on wax melts for my Scentsy. I started scattering little table books around. It would be awful if I sat in a chair and did not have a book to pick up and look at!

Now that it’s wintertime, my need to nest has intensified and I’ve begun hoarding coffee creamers from my favorite restaurant. I think they are on to me, but I don’t think they really mind. Our favorite waitress brings extra French Vanilla coffee creamers just for me! I drink more coffee in the winter than in the summer, as I think most people do.

I was thinking today about the preparations we make for the cold winter months. This phenomena we refer to as “nesting”. How do we nest for our spirit? Do we need to nest for our spirit? Obviously the immediate need is physical. We have an immediate need to stay warm, but to neglect your spirit’s need to stay warm would be a real shame.

Here are just a few simple things you can do to “nest” for your spirit. Most of these items are available at a discount bookstore. I rarely visit a bookstore that charges retail prices. I enjoy Book-a-holic.

1. How about buying a new devotional book? The book I purchased last year was a used book, but of course it was new to me. Since I only use them for a year, I don’t see the point in paying retail. The idea is for the book to bless my soul, not empty my pocketbook.

2. Keep an item such as “Testamints” around the house. Our local Christian resource center always has these nifty little mints on sale the first few days after Christmas, so I stock up! Not only are these good to have around for when someone has low blood sugar, but they have a scripture printed on the wrapper! It’s a fun way to read God’s Word. Who says you have to get the big bulky family Bible out, dust it off and do devotions the old-fashioned way? I don’t and have not for many years!

3. I have not done this myself but my friend has her favorite scripture permanently placed on the wall in her stairway. She is more brave than I am! There are kits available at our local hobby store. I look at them when I’m there, but have not bought one yet. She has Jeremiah 29:11 displayed on her wall and it is beautiful. It warms her home and makes everyone love to congregate there.

I hope this has given you some idea of how you can do some “nesting” for your spirit as well as the traditional type of nesting we do to meet physical needs. May God bless you today in an extraordinary way! ❤