Sweaters, Coffee, Fires, and Family
‘Tis the season…my favorite time of the year. October is upon us…which means my favorite 3 months of the year are now in full bloom. I love the color and temperature changes in October. Yesterday it didn’t make it into the mid 50’s here (and overcast…beautiful). Today mother nature will be lucky if she greets 60 degrees. In about 10 days the trees will greet the world with their best show of the entire year…a spectacular blend of yellows, reds, browns, oranges, and golds. I’ve got a sweater on today…amazing. One of my young adults said to me yesterday, “I was hoping you would have a sweater on today Mark! Do you like mine? Fall is here!” Being a coffee snob this is my favorite time of the year to sip a french pressed cup of joe. The journal and THE WORD today were amazing as I stared outside into something other than summer…something that fits my soul better than sweat beads. Yesterday Becca and I had a fire on our back patio for lunch….FOR LUNCH…yeah, life changing pretty much. It was so great that we did it again for High School Youth Group last night at the church. Forget the cologne and the body sprays…just bathe yourself in the silky smoke from a warm fall fire (it’s one of my wife’s favorite smells in the entire world).
I don’t know exactly what God has in store for me and my family and my ministry this fall…but I know that it is something big. And I know that He is here with me right now. And I know that he is with you too. Can you see him? Can you feel him? If you can…soak it up! If you can’t…put on a sweater, grab your favorite warm drink, get a crackling fire started, and grab a family member and a friend…then don’t say anything. Just sit there…be still…and listen.
Have an amazing Monday. I’m praying for you all today. Here’s to the greatest fall and winter seasons we’ve ever experienced. AMEN!
There is something spiritually soothing about this time of the year. The time of the year when the sweaters come out of their boxes. The time of the year when something warm to drink helps you breathe better. The time of the year when a crackling fire gives you a calm perspective that has been missing for a number of months. The time of the year when fellowship with family and friends tastes a little bit sweeter. The blessings seem to roll into my lap easier during the months of October, November, and December.