September Days



At the waning of summer we look back and cherish those brilliant days of pure sunshine that persistently appeared over the horizon morning after morning in this month of September. Never, since moving to Ohio nearly two years ago, have we enjoyed such a display of sunny weather. 

It has been joy...


...A glorious beauty amid life's struggles...

...A testament to our Father's creative handiwork.


Believe it or not, this has also been an intensely trying month for me, for our family, in a number of ways. We have no doubt we are in a warfare that is often invisible. But God always shines His Light on our pathway...if we look for Him.


I am more convinced than ever that God's ways and thoughts are not ours. 

I want to look at my accomplishments 
He wants me to look to Jesus.
I want results to show for my efforts
He requires rest in Jesus' completed sacrifice
I long for a smooth road
He creates a narrow path fraught with danger
I like to be capable of handling it
He asks me to learn to rely on Him
I think in terms of keeping it together
He works through a broken vessel
I seek freedom from my struggles with sin
He uses even my failures to show my need of Him

So I choose to believe His ways and thoughts are best, though I do not always understand. And I choose to believe His promises of glorious triumph over sin and death are perfectly true!



Early morning sun streams in through my windows and dances across the floor.



In the stillness, the clock ticks away the seconds of time as I tune my ear to my Father and quietly meditate. 


My heart is quieted, though my spirit still sighs for freedom within. Instead of those words, attitudes, and thoughts that destroy rather than build I long for a fully thankful and praise-filled spirit all the time in all situations.


In my ongoing schooling on this subject I have a faithful Teacher who will write the lessons deep on my heart. He is amazingly patient. He never gives up. I glorify His High and Holy Name!



Some things I am thankful for...

My daughter Jacki has taken over the chalkboard drawings in my house. Because I asked her to and she is so much better at it than I am!


Bittersweet sprigs are my favorite splash of autumn color to bring indoors!


My little palm tree, a gift from a friend, is adding more and more fronds to lift to the heavens in praise to God. Strange as it may seem, this dear little tree is a reminder to give thanks with my hands held high!


A display of autumn beauty from the my favorite produce stand right here in Sugarcreek, Sweet Water Farms.



Jacki helped me turn about 7 butternut squash into 18 jars of pumpkin puree for winter use!


My geraniums bloom faithfully even now, at the end of September!


The falling of the leaves...


I lift my hands in praise to my Father, not because I am feeling all delighted with everything, but because He is ever worthy no matter how I feel!

"Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom He gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father." 
Colossians 3:16,17 

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  1. Beautiful thoughts and reminders.
    And I love your plants. :)

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    1. Thank you, Kay, and may the peace of our Father bless you!

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  2. so good Karyn....I can soo relate and remind myself and others including my daughter to be thankful and not live out of our feelings..yes Col 3: 16 and 17! God is faithful

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    1. Thanks, Aunt Martha! And so we continue to encourage each other along this journey! Good to hear from you :)

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