Monday, September 3, 2018

Moving into Fall

Thankful the summer whirlwind is coming to a close. Summer is my favorite season. I am an outdoor girl and can just sit and take it all in. Fall is my next favorite so right now is a win win.

Author events, writing book two, promoting Not Really A Princess and trying to get speaking engagements has been busy times but I love the extra time spent with grandkids and especially love our family camping trip we do each year. Two of my kids were not able to go but there was still 10 of us to enjoy mountains and lakes, jet skiing, dutch oven cooking and fishing. Well and just sitting around the campfire. Thats the best. Time that we wouldn't normally get together with everyones busy lives.

I hope you too have enjoyed a few extra adventures the past couple months. I can remember when my kids were little and being so excited summer came to spend extra time doing the things we loved most. But then fall would come and I love that too. For me it means opening up my home again to our small group Bible Study, working in AWANA children's program and teaching a ladies Bible study. And of course I love to decorate for fall and prepare all those special fall recipes with pumpkin and apples.

Oh and football games with my husband, and taking long walks in the crisp air. Sometimes we take a small get a way to the mountains where the fall color take your breath away. These are a few of my favorite things. Of course winter will come, not my favorite,
but always a time to get a few extra things done and then spring gives me hope of summer coming again.

Seasons change. Tis true. They change in life too. We are empty nesters now and that was a bit hard at first. The very best thing for me is to have us all together. I relish it and it fills my heart to overflowing. However, as time marches on and Craig and I have more adventures together, it is like dating again with someone you know really well. We enjoy are Saturday morning walks and quiet Sundays after church.

Last year my Bible study dove into Ecclesiastes. Everyone is familiar with the "Time for everything" passage. The book of Ecclesiastes was written by King Solomon who by the world's standard, had everything. So why does he sound so cynical and like everything is so futile? He concludes his book by saying, "The conclusion, when all has been heard is:fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgement, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil."

Solomon saw his life for what it was. Yes he had all wealth. Yes he had wisdom. But He wanted others to see that life is not just for striving for more but it was to fear and behold the mighty God. He stated that people are foolish and God is everything. He sees God as powerful and is to be feared.

I think we need to focus on who God is not just on what life gives us. What is it that God wants me to do most of all? Give Him glory, get to know Him, put Him first. It is not just about serving Him, He is wanting me to come before Him to share my life with Him. Every season, good or bad.

I love how David, in the book of Psalms always shares his heart. He may be upset or discouraged but he is always open and honest. And then after he shares his burdens, he always gives God the glory.
in Psalm 73:26 David says, "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

Thats the key, no matter what season it is, where we are at with our family. God is my portion.

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