Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Blessings Of Autumn

I'm taking in the quiet sights and sounds of this beautiful autumn day. It's peaceful and refreshing. Everything else fades into the background.

I hear crickets out my window; a familiar and comforting sound. I see fields of gold stretching off into the distance and leaves that are beginning to transform into their glowing fall attire. The sky is a shade of blue that's only seen this time of year and seems to perfectly offset the changing colors taking place in the earth.

I'm captivated. There is such profound beauty in this season. Nature is at its best. Does God know how to put on a brilliant show or what?

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the cool, crisp mornings and evenings and the warm, sunny afternoons. I love the sight of pumpkins, mums, corn stalks, and big round bales of hay sitting out in the fields. I love the rich, vibrant colors that drip off the trees; the reds, yellows, and oranges.

I love small town festivals, weenie roasts, and hay rides. I love the sound of leaves rustling. I love intricate spider webs that look like professional art designs. I love old barns and scarecrows. I love orange and purple hued sunsets. I love hot apple cider and cinnamon hot chocolate around the campfire or fire pit.

I love homemade caramel apples and pumpkin pie. I love watching It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on TV. I love snuggling under a blanket on chilly nights. I love the sound of a fire crackling in the fireplace. I love the smell of wood burning.

I love October, November, and December. It's a special time of year for me. My birthday falls in this season. And it's also the time of harvest and Thanksgiving, which leads us into winter, Christmas, and a new year. This season is filled with such divine beauty and abundance. I relish the time it brings. And my heart feels nourished by it.

Thank you, Lord. I am deeply grateful for the blessings of autumn.

~ Michelle

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Handle With Great Loving Care

When God sends someone our way who is hurting, struggling, or brokenhearted, what's the best we can do for them? What's the best we can give to them?

Well for starters, I don't think quoting a few Scripts and a two minute prayer will get it.

When God entrusts us with a precious hurting soul, we best understand how He feels about them. His perspective is vital. He takes it very seriously and so should we.

He doesn't direct another to us because we have all the answers or because we're so perfect. He doesn't turn them our way to make us feel good about ourselves. He sends them because He wants to minister to [tend, care, love or regard] them through us. Usually its because we either share a similar life experience or because He's equipped us to work in that particular area. Perhaps its both.

Think of your most broken, vulnerable, wounded or hurting places.

Now, how would you want them to be handled by someone else?

The Father's Heart on the matter is this: HANDLE WITH GREAT LOVING CARE.

That's exactly how we would want our hearts to be held. And that's exactly how He wants us to hold the hearts of others.

When He sends someone our way, how about giving them the best of ourselves.

We might need the best they've got one day.

How about receiving them like we would want to be received.

We may find ourselves in need of humbly receiving from them sometime.

And how about loving them like Jesus.

He might just decide to love on us through them in our hardship or brokenness. 

~ Michelle

Copyright © 2011 Michelle Holderman