Oct 7, 2015

This Season of Change


Well, Fall has officially settled in...both on the calendar and in the air.  The leaves are changing to their brilliant colours, giving a feast for the eyes where ever they turn.  My cardigans have been freed from the bottom of the dresser drawers and leather boots have replaced sweet Summer sandals. 


A perfect Sunday afternoon had us all taking a walk.  We sought out our apple tree....well one of the few we have, but one that was promising in abundance.   And abundance it had, and so we harvested a small basket full with plans to return another day for more.




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It was neat to taste these red treasures, for only a week ago they were much to tart to enjoy but a week and a frost later, we have some sweet treats to both eat fresh and bake up with!  Isn't it crazy how fast things can change....how a week....a day...a minute can change so much!?


I find the season of Autumn riddled with change...or at least the option/hope/expectation of it.  I mean, there is the obvious seasonal changes, the leaves, the coolness, back to school, new routines and for many of us a want or desire to rearrange furniture, paint rooms, switch out decor items, ect.



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But for me this year...Autumn has brought with it, a change of heart!  An answered prayer of God working on my sin of over-eating and (food) idolatry.  He is working a miracle in me and I thank Him greatly for it.  It's been a prayer for a long time now to leave this sin, to not feel it's pull and after many, many prayers He has headed my cry, but not before my heart had to line up with some hard truths. 


This is and will be a slow journey...I cannot undue years of damage overnight but He is working in me and it is one battle at a time!  But I feel the change in my heart, the pure longing to never be a slave to this sin again!  Does this mean that I will not struggle with it?! No.  No...I'm sure I will struggle all my life, this torn in my flesh, but He is great and I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!





. I have not been feeling my usual 'Fallness' as I have many years...the desire to change my decor, the baking up a storm marathons...they just aren't there but I think it's because my heavenly Father is helping me focus, this season, on the changes within.  It's not just this area of sin that has my attention as of late, but a whole life examination.  


What changes are needed, wanted, necessary....what does the Lord want me to do with these fleeting days?  How do I live eternally for Him...to spread the good news that Christ has died to set us free, to give us life?  How do I share the joy of eternal life with a God that is beyond comprehension?  How do I show that He is worth more then anything this world has to offer?




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Because He is!  He is worth so much more then this fading life has to offer us.


It is one of the truths my heart finally came to understand.  That all my comfort, all my desires and all my needs are truly met in Him.  I live not by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.  This sin of mine, is more then a love of food, it's about putting something above God. For our Lord did make many wonderful gifts for us to enjoy, food being one of them, but, as with anything, it has it's place and that place is not above my God!  There are many areas that this sin, idolatry, creeps up!  And it's something I would love to eradicate from my life...


...if only it was that easy!




. I understand my fallen nature, my sin filled heart, and so the idea to walk free from loving things of this world more then loving my God, will only fully come when I see Him in all His glory.


How wonderful that will be!


So until that time, when I stand before my God and give an account for the days spent here, I will continue to change my heart, by His great grace, to be more like His.  I will work towards embracing and counting it all joys when I encounter various trials knowing the growth and good they will produce in me!  Will these changes be easy...no not always...will I still fight Him, struggle with fear, worry about tomorrow...all the while knowing better....oh yes, probably more often then I'd care to admit. But will walking worthy of His calling produce a life that will have Him saying, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"  Yes, yes it will.

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And how I long to hear those words.


So as this season of change wraps it'self around you, I implore you to consider your heart.  Consider His calling on it, big, small, hard, easy, whatever that nudge is, consider the change and pray for His strength to make it.   


Just as the leaves bud each Spring, then burst forth in lush green hues, growing and reaching for the sun to, as a final testament to His glory, transform into something so unbelievably beautiful, so I want my life to reflect this wonderment we see all around us.  I want my life to be filled with and full of His glory.





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Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour out speech;
night after night they communicate knowledge.
There is no speech; there are no words;
their voice is not heard.
Their message has gone out to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.


In the heavens He has pitched a tent for the sun.
 It is like a groom coming from the bridal chamber;
it rejoices like an athlete running a course.
It rises from one end of the heavens
and circles to their other end;
nothing is hidden from its heat.

  The instruction of the Lord is perfect,
renewing one’s life;
the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy,
making the inexperienced wise.
 The precepts of the Lord are right,
making the heart glad;
the command of the Lord is radiant,
making the eyes light up.
 The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the Lord are reliable
and altogether righteous.
 They are more desirable than gold—
than an abundance of pure gold;
and sweeter than honey,
which comes from the honeycomb.
 In addition, Your servant is warned by them;
there is great reward in keeping them.


 Who perceives his unintentional sins?
Cleanse me from my hidden faults.
 Moreover, keep Your servant from wilful sins;
do not let them rule over me.
Then I will be innocent
and cleansed from blatant rebellion.
 May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to You,
Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.



6 comments:

  1. Great post! Praying for you as always....are you eating all those apples? I will come get some if you aren't.Man, that second gal of yours is getting crazy tall! Reminds me of Chrissy at that age. <3

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    1. Any time MAG, come and get 'em! Yes, they are all growing so fast and big!

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  2. What a wonderful post and reminder.. and oh those apples... look so yummy... As I read your post, instantly things were brought to mind that I allow to come before God... so need to focus on change of that... I pray for strength in this journey you are on, and that God will help me as well.. the photos are amazing... Happy Fall...

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    1. It's amazing what can slip into His place eh?! I appreciate and welcome your prayers Connie! I will pray for you as well! ♥

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  3. Beautiful post. It's a gift when God brings us into a season of evaluation...may you continue to have a desire for His word and the strength to keep moving forward, by His grace!

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