New season, new growth

IMG_2735It’s been one of those amazing falls we love so much in our little piece of paradise.  Lots of warm sunny days, the wind treating us to it’s absence here and there, and the occasional overnight downpour to remind us we’ve returned to the season of lush green lawns.

IMG_2757These are those impromptu-throw your beach clothes on in five minutes-don’t care if we’ve already been every day of the week – let’s soak it all in while we can – kind of days.

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Then there are free apples from friends filling my fridge, pumpkin seeds roasting, kids dressed in warm clothes in the morning and changed into summer clothes by noon, finishing up of the summer playhouse project that got delayed, and yard trimming to get done.

IMG_2745And as we clip away and sometimes even saw off the overgrowth of our yard to encourage better, more productive, healthier plants and trees, we also find ourselves feeling the affects of some serious pruning in our hearts.   It hasn’t been all pretty.  Sometimes I’ve complained, and even cried about it.  But the gentle trimming process, the healing balm of grace that has sealed the raw edges, and the joy given in trusting has yielded new growth despite the scars.  And we know it has been for good.  For our good.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”  James 1:1-4

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We are without a doubt, full of grateful praise for God’s presence, His Word, His light, and His hope in the changing seasons of our lives.

To God be the glory, great things He has done, and will continue to do.

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