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For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

Can you feel it? Whether you’re pulling out sweatshirts this weekend or still running your air conditioner at full blast, autumn is undeniably drawing closer. Kids are in school, football games are in play, and stores are full of apple and pumpkin everything. Fall is {almost} here!

As we stand on the edge of another seasonal transition, let’s take a moment to reflect on the seasons of our lives and our landscapes at the same time we stop to appreciate God’s own unchanging, wonderful nature.

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The New You: Why Kindergarten Isn’t Just for Kids by Bonnie Gray
But sometimes we still reach for a watermelon in October or a carton of strawberries near Thanksgiving and they don’t taste quite the same as they did in the height of summer.

We look back now on kindergarten and life seems simple. But, to a five year old, his world just got a lot bigger. His awareness of his need for friendship and acceptance is growing with each new challenge.

And so, this is true for you and me. Each of us is standing at our individual doors of kindergarten in faith. No matter how long we’ve walked with Jesus, we all encounter new seasons of change.

Four Ways to Make the Most of Your Season by Sarah Markley
It’s easy to recognize the fruits of the season: pumpkins, pumpkin bread and homemade pumpkin spice lattes dominate Pinterest right now. They are the fruits of an autumn in full swing.

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Give Thanks Pumpkin Tutorial by Jennifer
Autumn can be the beginning of a busy season. And a busy season may bring with it stress and worry and the whole, ‘things aren’t going as planned’ feeling. I think that makes autumn a perfect time to get my thinking and focus on the right track. It is the perfect time to put a little reminder out into our home for the season.

8 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for Fall by Melissa Michaels
Even though decorating is my passion, I try not to over-complicate my decor by getting too fussy or over the top with the changes in seasons. I enjoy getting my home ready for friends, fall parties and church groups, but I can’t spend too much time fussing over things or I won’t have much time left over for guests!

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Fall is Falling by Lisa Leonard
Can’t you just hear the leaves crunching and smell the cinnamon rolls?

Finding Beauty in the Mundane by Dawn Camp
Fallen leaves crackle and crunch beneath my feet as the beauty of God’s creation is revealed anew in the change of season.

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For more seasonal posts, check out the “Seasonal” tab on the front page of the (in)courage site, as well as in the sidebar of the blog!

What are you reflecting on this fall?

{Pumpkin photo by ReneS}
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  1. 1

    (in)courage,

    Fall is my favorite time of year. With the Carolina blue sky, the sunshine and a nip of coolness in the air, I feel rejuvenated. I enjoy long walks around a nearby lake and being in the outdoors draws me closer to God. I’ve been reflecting on and realizing that, like the lazy days of summer, I get lazy too in pursuing God. I feel God’s calling that I need to drink in His word more and experience the true rejuvenation that only He can give.
    Blessings,
    Bev

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    In this coming autumn season of immeasurable delights, I am going to taste of the goodness of the Lord!

    Psalm 34:8
    Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
    Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

  3. 3

    Will be checking out these fun sites, for sure!

    And I’m reflecting on all things autumn right here ….
    http://www.creeksideministries.blogspot.com/2013/09/an-autumn-mini-album-revisited.html

    Happy days, these first glimpses of fall!

    ;-}

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    The cooling of the temperatures here in the tropics. More adventure and challenges to be met head on and won over. Helping others overcome their difficulties. Be more of an encourager. The study of Hebrews. An eight day cruise. More victory. More JESUS.
    :)

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    I wanted my home pleasing to my eye plus my friend was coming from far away. So I used mostly what I had and a few fall ish items I could reach but at a huge cost! My brain injury makes these brain puzzles so hard I lose speech, motor skills, I am heavy feeling, like someone has bashed my head with a pot’s lid. But I’ve been reflecting on for a season…a pastor on TV said these wilderness times are for a season (Peter ) so that means things will change. Another pastor today spoke on a time to be born and a time to die….this is the only time we will know seasons it just now hit me! As a child, I did not measure time much. Each day was so fun at school and home. The seasons seemed long. Now I’m older and seasons pass quickly. But I long for when I could work a few mums into my landscape and get my snapdragons in! But maybe ill have a few extra dollars and can do this again and others will be my hands ? But for now? I’m viewing seasons from a Bible viewpoint, a personal viewpoint, a change in weather viewpoint and a decorating viewpoint. And in all things I do give thanks and praise…but Lord, I do want my husband and me to get well again. In Jesus precious name, Amen

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    Beth Williams says:

    Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. With a nip of coolness in the air, I feel rejuvenated and go for long walks with my hubby. Sometimes we go “color watching”–driving to places and seeing the beautiful fall colors God has splendored us with here in TN.

    Getting outside also helps remind myself of God and His magnificent beauty He has bestowed upon us. It brings me back to Him quickly! Only He could make these wondrous mountains and use such splendid hues to color the leaves!

    Love fall and In (Courage)!

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