“This was one of my favorite books when I was growing up,” my mom told me years ago when she gave me a copy of Anne of Green Gables. It quickly became a favorite of mine, too. I loved reading about the imaginative Anne Shirley and her life on the farm with Marilla and Matthew. It was one of those books I couldn’t put down and didn’t want to end. But of course it did have a wonderful ending with an inspiring quote (“God’s in His heaven, all’s right with the world”). I read and reread the book several times, finding out much later that there were actually sequels to the book! But I always liked the first book best. I still have my copy somewhere and when I saw this quote from the book, it made me want to read it again!
I can just imagine what Anne would enjoy about the month of October–the beautiful colors, the cool autumn air, the gently falling leaves. Hope you find many things to enjoy about your October, too!
God has made everything beautiful for its own time. ECCLESIASTES 3:11 (NLT)
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We…see God reaching out to us in every wind that blows, every sunrise and sunset, every cloud in the sky, every flower that blooms, and every leaf that fades.
OSWALD CHAMBERS (1874-1917)
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God gives us different passions so everything He wants done in the world will get done.
RICK WARREN, pastor and author, from Daily Hope with Rick Warren
Rick Warren also writes, “God is a passionate God….As you grow closer to Him, He’ll give you a passion for something He cares about deeply so you can be a spokesperson for Him in the world. It may be a passion about a problem, a purpose, a principle, or a group of people. Whatever it is, you’ll feel compelled to speak up about it and do what you can to make a difference.”
What has God given you a passion for?
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And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you.
LUKE 12:28 (NLT)
It’s comforting to know that God will always provide for us and take care of us. It’s so easy to fall into worry and hopelessness when we’re going through tough times, but He’s always there, always caring for us!
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“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart….The Lord is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; He remembers His covenant forever. He has shown His people the power of His works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations. The works of His hands are faithful and just….” PSALM 111:1, 4-7 (ESV)
Wishing you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
Beauty seen is never lost, God’s colors all are fast.
JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER, American Writer, 1807-1892
The beautiful colors in God’s creation never cease to amaze me! I took this photo with my little 3GS iPhone…the pansies were much more stunning in real life, but this is a nice remembrance of what they looked like! Do you grow pansies in your yard?
Enjoy your weekend!
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Howard Thurman (1900-1981), American Theologian and Clergyman
How true that is! Life is too short not to live it fully alive, doing what God created us to do and fulfilling the special purpose and plan He has for each one of us!
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. JOHN 10:10 KJV
Hope you are enjoying your weekend–to the fullest!
When I was visiting my mom recently, I came across a clipping she had of this quote. It challenged me to rethink how I spend my time, so I thought I’d share it with you. It’s a great reminder that each new day is a special gift God gives us. We can choose to use it in a good or productive way or waste it. We can choose to make time for important things or waste time on trivial things that don’t really matter. And the encouraging thing is, when we make mistakes or experience failures, all is not lost–because each day is a day of new beginnings!
This is the beginning of a new day.
God has given me this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is important,
because I’m exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever,
leaving in its place something I have traded for it.
I want it to be gain, not loss;
good, not evil; success, not failure;
in order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it.
I certainly would like to eliminate some trivial things in my life, one of which is clutter! A goal of mine is to live a simpler, clutter-free life so I have time for more important things. What changes would you make in your life?
See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come….
SONG OF SONGS 2:11-12 (NIV)
Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1994, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.
I’m always glad to see Spring arrive every year, with warmer weather and pretty flowers blooming! It’s a season of new life and new beginnings. All the beauty in nature at springtime reminds me of another verse, Psalm 33:5: The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. (KJV)
Hope you are enjoying a beautiful first day of Spring!