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Autumn is bittersweet

the season favored by so many

for glorious colors, sounds of crunching leaves, musky fragrances,

and a turning toward home

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but flowers fade

and we know that winter lies at the doorstep –

it’s bittersweet

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Changes come in our lives just as the seasons do

the season of birth

the season of growth

of maturity

of a turning toward our eternal home

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seasons of mourning and of joy

seasons of gathering and of letting go

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change can be unsettling

what a comfort to know that God never changes

His Word endures

His love and promises are forever

so thankful that He is constant

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“The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.” – Isaiah 40:8

 – blessings,

Tracy

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Autumn Rains

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four days of drizzling rain

it’s a bit tiresome

I’m in definite need of some sunshine

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but God, in his wisdom, knows what his creation needs

autumn rains are for roots

absorbing and drinking in desperately

what they need to survive another winter

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He knows what we need, too

His word on pages bound

a gift to us, his creation

open it and drink deeply of His gentle autumn rain

let the living word pour over your soul

it’s what we desperately need to survive whatever may lie ahead

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“continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” – Colossians 2:6-7

 

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Apricot Blossoms

She stands there in the garden.

Four years young, a bit awkward and gangly.

Not sure why I planted blueberries as her companions. Not the place for an apricot tree. Intentions to dig her up are prolonged to the fall and each fall to the next spring.

So she stands.

Roots growing deeper, without flowers, without fruit.

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During wintry days I make plans for my garden. This year I’ll plant more flowers for cutting, heirloom tomatoes for summer meals, herbs for seasoning. All things in this garden must serve a purpose, beauty admired or taste savored.

The apricot tree must go.

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As I watch the colorful spring birds flit tree to tree, I see something I haven’t seen before.

Can it be?

I practically run outside. Must look closer.

I stop and hold my breath.

There she stands with naked limbs adorned with pale blush blossoms.

She flowers.

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 A little patience goes a long ways as the saying goes. I seem to be still in training. After a summer of drought and a record-chilling winter, the apricot tree finally blooms. And fruit is sure to follow.  Just when I had run out of patience with this little tree, she flowers.  I know God is teaching me something here.

“The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Matthew 3:10. 

 Am I not that tree? What I think are blossoms of good works and fruits of faith –  is that what He sees? Isn’t all my good just filth and dirt and empty branches in his eyes of perfection? Am I not doomed to the cutting blade of the ax?

Yes, but thankfully there is more.

There is Jesus.

“…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. ”  Phillipians 1:6.

God is patient with me only because of what Jesus has done for me.

 Through Him is forgiveness for the days of my impatience, ingratitude, and lack of fruits of faith.

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 Through Him is life eternal.

 He endured the bitterness of hell and the drought-filled divide from the love of His Father as he hung on that cross for me.

He lives and the joy of His resurrection lives in me. The Spirit is constant, working fruits of righteousness in my heart.

 every day

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And when He returns, I will stand before those eyes of perfection, and because of my Jesus, I will be covered with flowers.

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forever grateful

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