Sunflower from the Sunflower State

Sunflower from the Sunflower State

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Nature Lesson

The sun touched the leaves, making them shimmer like gold against a blue sky. It was almost as if God was decorating his Creation for worship on that November 10 Sunday dawn. 
Like a real-life Thomas Kincaid painting, the scene seemed to glow from inside out.
And, yet, just 10 days later, the leaves have lost their luster. A hard freeze stole the gold from the trees just as assuredly as a thief robs a bank of its treasure.

The wind was its accomplice. Only a few hardy leaves hold on for dear life, gripping the barren limbs like a screaming teenage girl grips the armrest on a roller coaster ride.
This fall has been an oasis of autumn color after two years of drought.  It's amazing what a little rain can do to the fall foliage show, not to mention farm crops.
 
But maybe the leaves that crunch underneath my feet and flutter down from the canopy of cottonwoods that welcome me home are a reminder. Sometimes, we have to let the old fall away so that we can be ready for something new.
November 6, 2013

November 18, 2013
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. ... Remain in me, as I also remain in You. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. Apart from Me, you can do nothing. ... If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father's glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples."

Selected verses from John 15: 1-8

I will seek beauty in the barrenness as the winter wind howls and snow decorates brown branches. And then I'll celebrate the spring and return to green. Thank you, God, for the four seasons and the reminders they bring!
February 2013
It's not what we say about our blessings, 
but how we use them,
 that is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
 –W.T. Purkiser, preacher and author

4 comments:

  1. "Sometimes, we have to let the old fall away so that we can be ready for something new." Yes, a different kind of beauty, a different kind of blessing, but still there.

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    1. I'm definitely preaching to myself here, Constance! Have a great day!

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  2. Kim,
    It is amazing how fast autumn beauty falls to the ground and blows away. Your pictures are beautiful.

    It was 7* yesterday morn. We had a high in the mid 20's today and it was windy. We did chores, book work and computer stuff. Sounds like are in for a few cold days and warm up to the low 30's next week. 20 really is not too bad, if there is no wind.

    I am not ready for the Hubby to be housebound after chores.

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    1. We had some sleet and snow come through yesterday, and the temperature isn't supposed to get much above 30 degrees today. Brrrr! So fall is definitely over for the year, I guess. It was nice while it lasted!

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