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Autumn Gifts


As I sit here typing, my nails newly painted an autumn hue, babe cuddling on my lap, tea brewing in my little red teapot, I can't help but be thankful for today. Autumn is truly my favorite season. Around me I see the smallest whispers of the changing times. While many of the days still heat up quite warm, the nights are cooler, darker. The trees are no longer quite as green. The world is starting to think about taking a slight rest. Now that I live in the South, I know Fall & Winter will act a little differently. Things will never get quite as cold. Snow probably won't make it's appearance.  Still, even here, the warmest days of the year have passed. Fall has come. 

Apple Cider. Bonfires. Pumpkin Patches. Apple Pies. Golden colored nail polish<3

Today I am thankful. I'm determined to find beauty in the small things. To make a good start to this week. 

Last week was a bit harder.

Last week my babe was having a growth spurt, my toddler was driving me to distraction, and my husband was working long hours. I was tired, discouraged and letting the loneliness creep in. I found myself missing the past, wishing for friendships, and longing for encouragement.

Have you ever been in a similar rut? 

If I look hard enough, I can always find something wrong with my life. A house that needs picked up, a daughter throwing a tantrum, family living too far away, time mismanaged, a life too hectic. 

But life has it's gifts as well. It's filled with moments, big and small, that remind us of what an intimate God we serve. He cares about all of our moments, big in small. He gives us beautiful things to be thankful for. I love Ann Voskamp's book One Thousand Gifts. Last week, I picked it up, drew myself a bath, and settled in for a read. I was once again reminded of what a marvelous God we serve. He gives me things, like a pretty color of nail polish, to brighten my day. It's crazy how little the beautiful blessings of this life are sometimes. Perhaps it's just a sunny day, the smell of a cinnamon candle, or a much needed hug from a child, my world is surrounded in gifts from my Father up above. And when I open my eyes, I start to find them. 

 What blessings can you open your eyes to today? 


'Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows" (James 1:17, NIV).