Lessons ah Latte

Ecclesiastes 3

“There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven: a time to give birth 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 throw stones and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing; a time to search and a time to count as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away; a time to tear and a time to sew; 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.”

It’s early September, but for me the beginning of FALL is when the Pumpkin Spice Latte comes out at Starbucks!

Who doesn’t LOVE A LATTE?!

The weather has been a little cooler the last few days, and so it gets me in the mood for such things as venison stew, chili, pumpkin pie and a fire in the fire pit…(Don’t forget the s’mores!)

“Seasons change and so do I…”

This has been an especially difficult transition for me and I’m really seeking the Father’s heart so that my perspective is on the right things.  I’m not sure if it’s the change of season that makes me feel different, or if it’s the nostalgia and memories of seasons past, but just the thought of fall lifts my spirits and stirs up feelings of anticipation.   For many of us, the holidays bring happy memories of family gatherings and joyous celebrations.  I am aware that for some the holidays are only reminders of better days–focusing on the what was and will never be again. OR, sometimes it’s a reminder of the grief that holidays bring when disappointment sets in over what we expected but didn’t receive.

Ecclesiastes can be looked at by many as a depressing book, but I see much of it as a reminder that EVERY day, every season is a gift– and we choose or refuse the gift that’s given–and much of our state of mind is determined by our attitude.  It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but this book is a gentle reminder that we should be thankful year-round, and know that whatever the season brings, God is always at work around us, and it’s up to us to enjoy His presence.

11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the good life. 13 It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts. 14 I know that all God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it. God works so that people will be in awe of Him.

DID YOU GET the last part of that verse?!

I am SO thankful for the changing seasons and the beautiful way He reveals Himself in His creation!  HAPPY FALL!!

~~Vickie

  5 comments for “Lessons ah Latte

  1. October 4, 2012 at 8:56 am

    This was an encouragement. I’ve been struggling with the realities of a second child leaving the nest for college. My home feels much emptier and so quiet – even with one child still at home. So thankful for the wonderful years we’ve had together as a family, but missing our unity and close family dynamic. Anyway – this post was good for me. I need to look ahead joyfully, be thankful for the blessings of today, and enjoy God’s presence always.

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    • October 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks, Lisa– sometimes all it takes to help us get over a “slump” is knowing we’re not alone! I’m so thankful for a God who never leaves me and lets me know that I don’t have to go through it by myself. NOONE understands like another Mom! :0)

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  2. September 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks, Debbie! Remember this when you become an “empty-nester”! :0)

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  3. September 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Love this ! It is always special to be reminded of the Fathers greatness!

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