I find that my life is caught up in a season of change right now. So much is changing, in my heart, mind, and life.

It is interesting to feel this period of change come during this time of the year. I love autumn. I love the colors, the smells, the crisp air, the warm, comforting foods I make my family.

But it is striking just how much everything changes. Leaves, once green and lush, dry up, turn colors, and blow away. The air grows colder. Everything is more exposed.

The change is often painful. It is hard to say good-bye to summer loveliness, knowing that after this brief period of change, a long winter is coming.

So why is it that I love this season of change so very much?

I have thought about that a lot this week, as I have watched the leaves blow by.

Change can be difficult. Change and growth are often painful. Yet, the season of change, autumn, is the most glorious of the year.

Could it be that the seasons of change in our lives are the most glorious, as well?

I believe so.

It is only by going through those changing periods, at times painful, cold, and stark, that we become the beauty that is waiting underneath. Something about the change and the cold can help to bring out the very best, the most lovely, within each of us, if we let it.

As I look back on my life, the difficult periods, the changing periods, are the ones most golden and lovely to me, because without them, I wouldn’t have what I have in my heart. I wouldn’t be who I am now. I wouldn’t feel what I feel.

Thank Thee, Father, for the glorious changing seasons, both on our lovely earth, and in our lives.

(PS – Lesson learned from fall picture day? When life dumps you in a cold, muddy pond, keep smiling.) :)

7 Responses

  1. Kirk

    Some of the most glorious, beautiful things in the world are fall-time splendor and richness of colors, but that doesn't hold a candle to beautiful happy granddaughters!Love to All!Mom / Grandma :)

    October 9, 2009 at 5:33 pm

  2. Rebecca

    Those pictures (and kids!) are beautiful!

    October 9, 2009 at 7:04 pm

  3. Chantile

    Gorgeous pictures! I covet your camera :) You've got talent!! :) Lovely thoughts :)

    October 9, 2009 at 8:59 pm

  4. Nicole

    i LOVE the photos! i can't get over the yellow tint to the pictures due to the sun setting: beautiful. you have some beautiful little girls… but they're not so little! they are really growing!

    October 10, 2009 at 12:12 am

  5. Jessie Mae

    Beautiful pics and post… I miss you… So much

    October 10, 2009 at 12:15 am

  6. Debra Domenici

    What beautiful pictures of such beautiful girls! We miss you a lot and hope to meet all of your kiddos someday. Love ya,Debbie

    October 10, 2009 at 12:57 am

  7. Tara and Dan

    Your girls are so beautiful. What a wonderful mother you are!! Those pics definitely belong in frames!PS- I laughed out loud at the last picture :)

    November 9, 2009 at 4:51 am

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