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?  🙂

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PHILIPPIANS 4:8 ON 4/8

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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.   – Philippians 4:8

The apostle Paul reminds us to avoid “stinkin’ thinkin'” and keep our thoughts on those things that are worth thinking about.  When we waste time worrying or fretting about the future, that is time we are not focused on our Savior and His awesome goodness to us.  When we spend time revisiting the past (which by the way, we will never be able to change), we are also stealing joy from ourselves!  We need to get rid of the phrase “if only I would have…”  The fact is, I didn’t – and I can’t go back and make a different decision now.

Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?  – Dennis and Wendy Mannering

Our thought life matters to God.  He knows we are most happy and healthy when we keep our minds in the present moment – and on Him.  When we are praising God for Who He Is and what He will do – we can be the grateful children He wants us to be.

BRING PEACE

The way to gain peace of heart and mind is to think on God and His unmatchable riches.  In this day of large, corrupt government, threats of terrorism and other frightening situations, it’s not easy to stay positive.  That’s why it is so important to keep having daily devotions with God’s Word.  Pray to find out what God has to say about you, your life, and how He wants you to live it.

 Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.  – Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

Your enemy will accuse you – but God will not.  He is the One who will lift your hope ratio, your sense of humor, your positivity ratio and your overall spirits!  Let God’s Holy Spirit fill you and share what He gives you with others.  That is the only way you can be positive when the world around you is so very negative.  🙂