Fall is my favorite time of year! It's a season filled with lots of things I love: admiring the beautiful hues of the changing leaves, sitting on my back porch sipping my morning coffee, watching college football games with friends, decorating my home for Thanksgiving, and eating all things pumpkin!
When I was a child, I always looked forward to fall because of my October birthday, but as an adult, I've come to appreciate this season because of the 'little' things that make it unique and meaningful. As I've tried to be intentional about this with each new season, I've found that the little things are what bring me joy.
What used to seem mundane is now special because I appreciate God's perfect creation, His attention to detail, and the way He loves us.
While I'm on my back porch sipping my pumpkin spice latte, the geese flying overhead prompt me to notice their interesting pattern and marvel at the way they communicate with their honking. The cooler temperatures motivate me to spend more time outside in my yard.
While working in my flower beds, I appreciate the beauty and hardiness of the plants that have survived the drought of the summer.
When I'm cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs over dinner at a friend's house, I'm reminded of the reasons I cherish my friendships and value the time I spend with people I love.
I encourage you to find something special in your day-to-day routine. Look for ways to magnify the little things and point them out to your kiddos. Take advantage of their sense of wonder and use these things as teachable moments. How about memorizing some appropriate Bible verses together?
Here are a few that I'll be studying this fall.
- Daniel 2:21 - He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
- Ecclesiastes 3:11 - He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
- James 5:7-8- Therefore, brothers, be patient until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth and is patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, because the Lord's coming is near.