I feel blessed to live in a place where the season of fall feels so magical. As a child, I loved to jump into piles of raked leaves. This was one of our favorite family celebrations to welcome fall.
Many people celebrate the fall season with crisp morning walks, cozy blankets, or homemade apple pie. These I do enjoy, but mostly, fall is a season to meditate on a change in of season, a change in life, and to find peace within God's divine presence.
Without the warmth of the sun the leaves surrounding us will begin to change and true colors will be revealed. Friends, we have unique colors within ourselves too, at all times of our lives. God creates our colors to change and shine, and not to be covered up. See your colors as transition, moving into the next season of life. Someone once said to me, "Without change, there will be no change". This made so much sense to me, and to this day I silently speak this in my mind when I am afraid of the unknown or of what will be in my future.
Keep the peace my friends. During this season, when change surrounds you, pray for what you need. Let go of anxieties and of all that no longer serves you well. Fill these new spaces within your soul with more love, kindness, generosity, compassion, and forgiveness. Feel excited for what is to come. We can plan for our lives to move in the direction that we desire, but remember that God holds the master key to our future.
If in this new season you are blessed with a new home, a new job, children going back to school, caring for a loved one, or some other change, seek peace.
Explore ways to keep your mind calm:
- Spend time outside and breathe in the fresh fall air. The breeze and sunshine will refresh your spirit.
- Take a walk in the early morning, enjoy the singing of the birds and the busyness of our small animals as they begin to prepare for the cooler weather that is ahead.
- Relax in the evening with a warm bath, try adding a few drops of lavender to your water to help prepare your mind and body for rest.
- Visit a near by park or if your have trees in your yard, observe and appreciate the age and life of these trees. My favorite way to feel peace, to help surrender and calm my soul, is to watch the branches and the leaves of the trees as they sway and flow in time with the breeze. The sound of this warms and calms my spirit in ways that only nature can offer.
Friends, as all of God’s creation that lives, grows, and prepares for this next season too, let your season of change be filled with color. Trust in our God of peace. Color by color, piece by piece.
This Bible passage came through to me so clearly when I began to write this post. It is beautiful, powerful, full of truth and love. My husband and I chose this verse to be read in our wedding. To us it represents change for all things on earth. It speaks of our lives hour by hour, day by day, month by month, year by year and beyond. It talks about living and dying, to have life uprooted and then to rebuild and be reborn. It is human emotion. It speaks to us on how to be silent, to listen and to accept. It is so, so colorful and full of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8: A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
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