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10 Autumn Quotes to Celebrate Fall

10 Autumn Quotes to Celebrate Fall

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  1. “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” ― Jim Bishop
  2. “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
  3. “Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” [Indian Summer]” ― William Cullen Bryant
  4. “Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” ― Elizabeth Lawrence
  5. “I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.” ― Lee Maynard
  6. “Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love – that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” [Letter to Miss Lewis, Oct. 1, 1841]” ― George Eliot
  7. “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” ― Henry David Thoreau
  8. “He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
  9. “Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” ― Lauren DeStefano, Wither
  10. “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” ― John Donne

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A Time for Everything

There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven—

A time to be born and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.

A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
 
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
 
A time to throw away stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.

A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.

A time to [a]tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to keep silent and a time to speak.

A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.

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-Ecc. 3:1-8 AMP

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Life is Precious

Life is Precious
By Wes King

Sometimes I drive too fast
Sometimes I risk it all
Sometimes I’m reckless
And act like I’m made of steel
But I’m just flesh and bones
A product of the Fall
Still I have purpose
And this I know to be real

Life is precious, life is sweet
Like the earth beneath my feet
Though I know I’m passing through
I know I belong to You
Life is precious, life is sweet
And this truth makes it complete
Knowing Jesus died for me
Life is precious
Life is precious, life is sweet

I can’t see past myself
When I get depressed
I take for granted
This life You’ve given me
There are a million ways
I’ve been so richly blessed
I can’t imagine
Not being able to see

Life is precious, life is sweet
Like the earth beneath my feet
Though I know I’m passing through
I know I belong to You
Life is precious, life is sweet
And this truth makes it complete
Knowing Jesus died for me
Life is precious
Life is precious, life is sweet

And this life I live in the body
I live by faith in the One
Who gave Himself for me

Life is precious, life is sweet
Like the earth beneath my feet
Though I know I’m passing through
I know I belong to You
Life is precious, life is sweet
And this truth makes it complete
Knowing Jesus died for me
Life is precious
Life is precious, life is sweet

 

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For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,  who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. – Philippians 3:20-21

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3 Ways the The Lord Redeems Time

Time. It goes on and on. We think we have only 24 hours in a day to get everything done. We load ourselves up with things to do and places to be to get everything done in a day.  And then wonder why we are so exhausted. Like we have the market on time. Silly us.

3 Ways the Lord Redeems Time

  • God owns time. And He is not limited by our little minds and small agendas.

    Praise God!  A day is as a thousand years to the Lord. The Lord owns time –  not us. God lives outside of time and our times are in His hands.  He is patient with us not wanting any to perish.

So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:12 NKJV

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(Image credit – WhatWomenShouldKnow.org)

 

For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, for Your name’s sake,
Lead me and guide me.
Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. -Psalm 31:3-5 NKJV

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  • The Lord is able to restore time.

    The Lord is able to make up for all the bad things that have ever happened to us. God is able. He will restore the years that have been stolen from us.

“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,
The crawling locust,
The consuming locust,
And the chewing locust,
My great army which I sent among you.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
And praise the name of the Lord your God,
Who has dealt wondrously with you;
And My people shall never be put to shame.
Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel:
I am the Lord your God
And there is no other.
My people shall never be put to shame. -Joel 2:25-27 NKJV

  • The Lord will restore us with a double portion and a double honor.

    Everlasting joy is ours in the Lord!

But you shall be named the priests of the Lord,
They shall call you the servants of our God.
You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles,
And in their glory you shall boast.
Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess double;
Everlasting joy shall be theirs. -Isaiah 61:6-7 NKJV

Thank you Jesus. We are grateful that You are not limited by time. You own it all Lord. Thank you for the revelation that our times are in Your hands today and forever, in Jesus Name.

As for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name,
The Holy One of Israel. – Isaiah 47:4 NKJV

(featured image source – https://godshotspot.wordpress.com/tag/my-time-in-gods-hands/)

Tomorrow, Yesterday, and Today- Learning to Trust

  Your tomorrow is greater than your yesterday.  And today is a new day! Be present. Be here, now.  The past got us here. We survived. God is good, He is faithful, and He walked us out of the valley of the shadow of death. Now what? 
I can’t tell you how much time I have wasted trying to change or ‘understand’ my past. Now I get why God encourages us to put the past behind us and be present in the moment. And He promises that our future will be so much better!

Philippians 3:12-14 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 

It comes dow to trust for me. Either I trust God and believe what He says or I don’t. I wish I could say I was perfect, but I am not. I question God all the time. 

  • Did you really say that?
  • You want me to do what?
  • You want me to go where?
  • Really, I have to pray for her?

And the list goes on. I sure am glad that God’s patience is bigger than my list of questions. And that His mercy is new every morning. Yet He calls us to trust Him, and follow Him. Day by day. I like how Brennan Manning puts it:

The way of trust is a movement into obscurity, into the undefined, into ambiguity, not into some predetermined, clearly delineated plan for the future. The next step discloses itself only out of a discernment of God acting in the desert of the present moment. The reality of naked trust is the life of the pilgrim who leaves what is nailed down, obvious, and secure, and walks into the unknown without any rational explanation to justify the decision or guarantee the future. Why? Because God has signaled the movement and offered it his presence and his promise.

Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God

So I sit here quietly, and listen. Show me Lord what this day is about. Walk with me and direct my feet. Today Lord, I lay down my list and follow your voice.

  

   2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 

Do you work or play?

I had the pleasure of a ‘coffee date’ with my teenage daughter last night.  Twice a month we go listen to live music at our local coffee shop.  It was fun, and I am amazed at the Local Talent here in southern WI.  Anyway, this coffee shop puts up a quote a day. Here is the one they had posted last night, from Author James Michener.

from: http://www.rugusavay.com/james-a-michener-quotes/
from: http://www.rugusavay.com/james-a-michener-quotes/

So that started the wheels spinning, lol!  I spent the evening listening to music and reflecting. OK, where have I refused to see the light?  What am I still holding onto to stay in the dark?

My latest ‘battle’ is work-related. Or should I say, what to do about work after this leg thing.  I have had many ‘jobs’ in my lifetime.  Us moms usually do.  I did get a college degree in Biology/Chemistry but really only worked in the field for a few years.  After I had kids my priorities changed.  Life changed. Things happened.  I don’t regret it, my kids are way more important than any  job.  I am grateful for the time I have had to spend with them.

After divorce, I had to go back to work, kids or no kids.  Yep I did the 9-5, and then 6-3, and another part-time job 4-9pm all to try to survive after the financial mess a divorce (or two) leaves you with. And the daycare fun, yeah right.  But we made it.  May not have been pretty, or looked like much, but to us – we survived.  That in itself was a miracle.

And now, I am looking forward.  What do you want to do with the next 20 years Ms D? Go back to a ‘regular’ job. Idk. I have put out a few resumes for ‘desk’ jobs. But seriously, I am competing with the 20 year olds. Wow, I remember when I was that young.  Such high hopes and felt on top of the world.

Today I just want to ‘play’. I don’t want to ‘work’. Does that sound stupid? I am not a lazy person, I have had 2-3 jobs sometimes. I have done the ‘work’ thing. But can’t I just play and make money doing that?The ‘work’ thing was not fun or fulfilling.  It was rather empty.

So, what does ‘play’ mean to you? For me it is writing and music.  So I started looking there. Recently I have been writing music, and working for some online companies doing writing/voice overs and the like. It is much calmer lifestyle for me. And it allows me to run kids around for different activities.

My husband runs his own computer business – he thinks that is fun. Crazy, I know, but he loves it, and he is very good at it. Bob drives all over doing IT work for lots of big name companies. “Never the same day twice” he says.  He is amazing, and a gift from God.  So, He inspires me too – to do what God made me for – and to trust that God will work it out.  I am blessed.

So do you ‘work’ or do you ‘play’?

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Source: http://raevisita.tumblr.com/post/12932982679/art-of-living

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU:

“A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God,  for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?  To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 NIV)

“What do workers gain from their toil?  I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.  That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.  I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him…

 So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them? (Ecclesiastes 3:9-14, 22 NIV)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

We know you made us to give you glory here on Earth.  To shine light in the darkness and spread joy and peace.  Lead us to the field you want us to plant in.  We are tired of ‘working’ and not getting anywhere. Like Solomon, toil seems useless sometimes. Let us rest in your peace, and ‘play’.  Enjoy our time here with you, and show others how awesome You are. You have put this special plan of eternity in our hearts, so let us remember that our assignment here is only temporary, in Jesus Name.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Time is Fleeting

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: Fleeting

“Until you value yourself,
you won’t value your time.
Until you value your time,
you will not do anything with it. ”
 ~ M. Scott Peck

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He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11 AMP)

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 Oh! Teach us to live well!
Teach us to live wisely and well!
Come back, God—how long do we have to wait?—
and treat your servants with kindness for a change.
Surprise us with love at daybreak;
then we’ll skip and dance all the day long.
Make up for the bad times with some good times;
we’ve seen enough evil to last a lifetime.
Let your servants see what you’re best at—
the ways you rule and bless your children.
And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us,
confirming the work that we do.
Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!  (Psalm 90:12-17 MSG)

TOO BUSY?

TOO BUSY?

I first saw this video about 5 years ago. There are many versions on the web, but all the same message…

It is rather “haunting” – but true…

GOD’S PROMISE:

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]

Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. ”  (Matthew 11:28-29 AMP)

A Psalm of David; when he was in the Wilderness of Judah.

O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.”(Psalm 61:1-3)

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.

He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted;

But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

We confess, we have put other things above spending time with You.  We confess, we have built idols of knowledge for our own pleasure.  Forgive us Lord, and purify us from all unrighteousness.  We know You are for us, and You are the source of all good things – even wisdom and knowledge.  We turn back to You today, in Jesus’ name.