Movement outside my window is a continual distraction this time of year. Leaves floating down in vibrant shades of turmeric and cayenne pull my attention away from the pan on the stove, the recipe on the counter, the book I’m trying to read.
The autumn foliage is breathtaking on this country hill, and I’m reminded that all this beauty is a portal through which God enters my days and my thoughts. Four times in Scripture we are exhorted to “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,” and the perfection of His creative genius shouts to me when I’m walking the dog in a shower of swirling color.
After all, God could have made leaves fall off the trees without bothering to make the whole process so glorious.
On the Nightstand
My pondering of autumn beauty has been sweetened by a slow reading of Luci Shaw’s reflections on creativity and faith.
Luci quotes Frederick Buechner, who said of beauty, “It is to the spirit what food is to the flesh. If fills an emptiness in you that nothing else under the sun can.”
Where are you seeing beauty these days?
On the Blog
I was honored (and momentarily panic-stricken) when Mary Hill invited me to be one of the women spotlighted in her October series “31 Christian Bloggers Who Inspire a Closer Walk with Jesus.” She asked some thought-provoking questions, and she has aimed those same questions at thirty other women in the blogging community. You can find our conversation here.
Be sure to visit SheLoves Magazine this Saturday! They will be featuring my post on prayer, a topic that has floated to the surface frequently this month on the blog.
October’s most-read book review at Living Our Days highlighted Leslie Leyland Fields’ new book — her tenth! Crossing the Waters moves seamlessly from memoir to Biblical narrative and back again as Leslie shares stories from the following life with all its storms, abundance, and necessary net-mending. If you’re an early Christmas shopper, add it to your list!
Just for Joy
My church family has called a new pastor! We have invited him and his wife into our mess with us; to teach and admonish and provoke us; to walk among us — because that’s what shepherds do.
In September’s Musings post, I shared that I had been convicted of my need to be more purposeful in my prayer life — particularly for my immediate family. That thought took root and grew into an entire post that I shared in October, and the timing was perfect,
since the family is growing all the time! Our second son has announced his engagement to a lovely young woman, and they will be married in the spring! That certainly qualifies as the highlight of my month!
What challenges are you facing in this season, and how is God revealing Himself as faithful in your life?
I look forward to hearing from you in the comments below, and am thankful for your reading, your insights, and your regular encouragement here in this space.
Every blessing to you,
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