Autumn is a time of change. The carefree days of Summer have passed and we look forward to a new season. Here in the Ozark Mountains the temperature is falling and soon the Master’s paint brush will turn the leaves from green to brilliant red, orange and yellow. Since moving to Arkansas, Fall has become my favorite time of year. I revel in this brief moment of beauty that God gives us. There’s a sense of excitement for the change ahead.
But Autumn is also a time for new obligations. The beginning of school, Sunday school classes, football practice, the coming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and so much more, can all bring new stress into our lives.
As women of faith, we endeavor to do what is right in God’s eyes. We keep the wheels turning by taking care of our families, volunteering at church and witnessing to those around us who are not saved. And as much as we love doing all of these things, sometimes it can feel a little bit overwhelming. So, let’s seek a little inspiration from the words from Galatians.
And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Let us not grow weary…
We all feel discouraged and ready to give up at times. It’s easy to think that no one sees the good work that we do. But God does see it and He promises to reward us for all that we do in His name.
In due season we shall reap…
God’s timing is different than our own. Sometimes I feel like that “due season” will never come, it seems to be just out of reach. But God has a plan and if we keep looking forward our season will come.
Do not lose heart…
God wants to encourage us. As someone who has suffered with clinical depression for most of my life, I know what it feels like to be so down that I want to throw in the towel and give up. It’s in those times that I draw near to God and feel His encouragement the most.
During this time of great change in nature I want to encourage you to also draw near to God. Just as He has given us beauty in the Autumn leaves, God also gives us beauty in our lives. But we play an active part in that beauty. The seeds that we sow today will determine what we reap in the future.
So I ask myself, am I sowing the seeds of love and forgiveness? Do I persevere through the difficult times? Am I giving of myself for the kingdom of God? Sometimes, the answer is yes, I and know that I will reap the blessings that God has in store for those who follow Him. Other times, the answer isn’t in line with God’s plan and I have to readjust my priorities.
God knows that we are only human and that we all mess up. But He is always willing to forgive and restore us to the beauty of His grace.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this amazing time of year when I can enjoy the beauty of Your creation. As I head into this new season please help me to examine my heart and keep it in alignment with your plan. I love You, Lord. Amen.
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Connie Rowland is the creator of Master's Hand Collection, A series of Christian digital artwork that depicts God's hand in our lives. Each picture features an inspirational word spelled out in American Sign Language with a corresponding Bible verse. Join "In the Studio" for your Free Printable Artwork.
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