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Are you one of those people who leaves pumpkins on your porch 'til the last day of November, refuses to put up your tree until after Thanksgiving, or laments having to erase "Happy Fall Y'all" from your chalkboard? Or maybe you've been listening to Christmas music for weeks, have your tree decked and ready and even a few gifts set under it. I'm somewhere in between. My house is still decorated for fall. My tree is not up. But I've been listening to Christmas music and may or may not have already watched Home Alone 1 & 2. I love fall and never like to rush its end, but I love Christmas too and am excited for it to arrive in its own time. Sometime this week, I plan to transition our house from fall to Christmas décor, which is a tedious but fun job. With kids, it's usually like one step forward, two steps back (ornaments will be broken, no doubt), but they love helping and I love letting them (mostly ;)).
As we transition into a new season, I'm reminded that while our life circumstances change, our God does not. Sometimes it's hard to believe He's as faithful and constant as He says, but He is. We may feel tossed and tumbled about, but our God is sure and steady, and He's not surprised by what comes our way. He knew it before the world began. That's so comforting. We are in an interesting season in our personal lives right now, and it's good for me to remind myself that God is sovereign and He has a plan. There is a big picture here. But He uses changing seasons and circumstances to piece it all together.
I've always marveled at how God created the seasons -- winter, spring, summer, fall -- to break up the monotony of life and give us a change of pace. But He gave us different seasons in our lives as well -- being young, being old, hard times, mountaintops -- to teach us and grow us into the people He wants us to be. My only choice is to trust that God knows what He's doing in this season in our lives and that He will work it out for our good and His glory. In the meantime, I'm going to eat turkey and cook corn casserole, pull our tree down from the attic and decorate it with little helpers, and take in all this season has to offer. I know for sure it will be over soon so I want to savor it slowly and make memories that will last.
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And Happy Thanksgiving!!! We have so much to be thankful for.
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