Today, I am pleased to offer this page to Christine Boatwright  who shares, as part of our series on God’s promises, what the promise of Fall could mean to us. Christine and I met through our Word Weavers Upstate chapter where we exchange our writing for critique. But we don’t stop there. We’ve also enjoyed yummy lunches when we explore new restaurants with promising menus.

In mid-August, my social media feeds feature nothing but small, smiling children. Some wear uniforms and most hold small chalkboards or signs announcing their grade level. My favorites are the tiny, beaming children with the too-big backpacks and those missing front teeth.

It’s back-to-school time!

Well, except for my children, who don’t start school until September. This leaves me haphazardly relishing these final weeks of summer while jealously eyeing the carefree minivan moms exiting the school drop-off-line.

I also spend time staring at my cold-season clothing. It’s hard to imagine sweaters and thick denim in 90-degree August heat, but maybe—just maybe—the air has the slightest hint of Fall?

This time of year feels more like the new year to me than January 1st. I begin to imagine what I’ll do with my new-found free time. Admittedly, I get four hours to myself twice a week, but when you’re a stay-at-home mom, any alone time in your own house is something to write home about.

New life chapters or seasons always inspire grand plans in my life. Maybe I’ll finally embrace a long-lasting workout routine. Perhaps I’ll add a second quiet time with the Lord. What if I were to take up a new hobby, like piano? Or learn a second language?

Life after the new season begins looks nearly identical to the previous one. I don’t enjoy change. Change requires sacrifice, discomfort, and sometimes hardship. I know what I know; it’s secure and it’s difficult to want something unknown.

In reality, I hope my Fall involves a lot of free time for dedicated writing. As someone who wants to write and feels called by the Lord to write, it’s surprisingly difficult to sit at a desk for hours.

I’ve been reading through a Bible study for Christian writers. The author applies Scripture to the ambition of writing for the Lord. I have three index cards taped to my computer screen, each with a Scripture verse to keep my writing priorities in line. I thought I’d share one with you.

“So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 NLT)

I love this one, especially “all the good things your faith prompts you to do.” As you get excited about Fall, what is your faith prompting you to do? Make a new friend? Join a new ministry? Dedicate time to something worthwhile? Learn something new?

As we welcome the changing season, and embrace the promise of cooler weather, let’s be sure to honor Jesus in the way we live. More than a “To Do” list, let’s respond to what our faith prompts us to do.  And His accompanying promise? You’ll be honored along with him.

What stands out to you–keep on praying, God’s enablement, power to accomplish, honoring God, you’ll be honored? How does this make Fall appealing to you?

Happy Fall!

           The Bible came to life for Christine Boatwright when she realized it told one story—the story of Jesus Christ. A church girl from the get-go, Christine learned storytelling through her time as an award-winning journalist and academic writer. In her limited free time as a stay-at-home mom, she connects the dots between the narrative of the Old Testament, the prophets who lived it, and the God who never changes. Find her Facebook Author Page and connect with her on Instagram as well as https://christineboatwright.com/

 

 

 

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