We’ve had our first real taste of autumn during this past week and the leaves are turning, beautiful in their bright dressing-gowns of red and yellow. I love that colder weather brings out the glories of fall – there’s something familiar in it, maybe because it’s a way to see God working splendor from death. And I hold onto the vision of these leaves all winter long, knowing that Spring will bring new life again…hope becomes the constant in every season because He is faithful through every turn of this world.
These thoughts remind me of one of my favorite songs and I have a lovely video of the lyrics to share with you…
I’ve also found some wonderful words for you…I hope you have time to read Heather King’s thoughts on how we spend our time (Soul Suffocating: When Good Things Become Bad Things)…this is wisdom that I needed to hear!
Ann Voskamp left me absolutely inspired with one of her recent posts about ending cynicism in our hearts. Here is one of my favorite quotes: “Joy is revolutionary: it goes straight against the way this dark world spins.”
And, finally, Mary DeMuth is generously giving away two free e-books if you sign up for her (also free!) e-zine…which is a great source of encouragement. I am reading one of these books now, Live Uncaged, and it is definitely worthwhile.
I’ll leave you with one more song…because I just heard it today and I am carrying its words with me. I hope that you will do the same.
“Trade these ashes in for beauty
and wear forgiveness like a crown.
Coming to kiss the feet of mercy,
I lay every burden down
at the foot of the cross.”