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Falling for Fall

Fall is a challenging time for me.

You see, I love Summer.

Oh, Spring is nice. It’s exciting to watch the world wake up. It’s great to rediscover relationships with neighbors and friends whom we only saw from beneath our hats and scarves while operating snowblowers or shovels. I enjoy planting flowers and seeds, digging in the dirt and watching things begin to bloom.

But Summer. Ahhh…the sun shines down it’s warmth and life is more relaxed somehow. People look for excuses to spend time together. Friendships are made or strengthened around picnic tables, bonfires, or lounging on the back deck. Fairs, Festivals and Farmer’s Markets are everywhere. I love Summer.
So as the leaves begin to change and temperatures begin to cool I begin to panic.

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This year I wondered what stirs up these feelings in me. After all, there is much about Fall I am fond of.

The colors are brilliant.

The scents are delicious.

The flavors of pumpkin, apples and spice are wonderful.

Why the melancholy?

I began to realize that in my mind I have been skipping over Fall and worrying about Winter.

And then a verse came to mind:

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.        Matthew 6:34

Instead of enjoying the fun of Fall every year I dread the cold weather and snow (both of which I am not fond) that are ahead. I worry about something months away so I don’t enjoy the beauty all around me.

I realized I do this in my personal life as well.

Sometimes I worry about problems in life that may never materialize and I begin to despair. By looking ahead at what challenges may present themselves in the future I am pulled away from the blessings of today.

And it steals my peace.

This year I’m working on enjoying the beauty of the changing colors and the crunch of the leaves under my feet. I’m breathing in the sweet smells and relishing the special flavors that are only available this time of year.

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And I’m not worrying about the “s” word right now. The ground will be white soon enough. I don’t need to rush it. Who knows, perhaps this year I can find something to enjoy about Winter as well.

What is your favorite season?

Do you share similar struggles with the changing seasons?

Blessings and peace to you this beautiful Fall day…
Paula

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Autumn Comfort

There’s a chill in the air where I live in Central New York State. The beauty of fall surrounds us as the foliage treats us to a kaleidoscope of color. Neighborhood lawns and porches are dotted with pumpkins and colorful mums. Ovens are filled with apple pies and pots of chili simmer on stovetops. As the first hard freeze of the season hit last night minds turn to comfort – comfort foods, cozy blankets and a cup of something warm. I joke that it’s time to hibernate as my thoughts change from outside activities to those inside.

Many people love this time of year as temperatures drop and sweatshirts come out of the closet. But even they will cozy up to a fire and enjoy the comfort of a warm bowl of soup or chili.

What happens when the comfort of earth is not enough for us? What happens when the sadness or chill in our hearts and spirits can’t be warmed by a blanket? Are you experiencing a time in your life that is overwhelming you and the things and people can’t provide enough comfort?

Perhaps it’s not you but someone close to you who needs comfort. You’ve tried everything but you can’t help.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ,so also our comfort abounds through Christ.                                                             2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Although we can’t see Him, God is all around us. Some say we can’t feel Him either, but if you ask He will truly hold you close, comforting your spirit in a way nothing on earth can.

Do you know this God of comfort? Even if you don’t need Him today I believe there will be a time when you will. If you have questions about getting to know Him please ask.

What are your favorite comforts of Autumn? Apple cider, a cozy fire? I’d love to hear about them. Maybe you have a favorite others have never tried or heard of. I’ve listed one of my favorites below. It’s my grandma’s apple squares. Maybe I’ll make some today.