First Day of Fall

Today marks the first day of Autumn.

This is by far my favorite time of the year.  I know many who feel the same way.  What is it about this time of year that evokes such affection?

Maybe it’s the changing colors.  Maybe it’s the cooler weather.  Maybe it’s the return to the familiar routine that gives us comfort.  Or maybe it’s the food available which allows us to make delicious food in our kitchen.

I believe it’s a combination of all of the above.

However, change is oftentimes hard.  We don’t like things to no longer be as they once were.  We like to know what to expect.  The seasons change, yet we always know summer will once again return.  It’s not like kissing a relative goodbye with the gut-wrenching realization you’ll never see them again.  No, summer will come following the Spring we prayed for.

How true this is in our marriage.  Seasons come and go, yet there is the awareness that no matter how much change occurs, our marriage will survive.  The cold Winter of difficulty will produce the new growth of Spring.  The hot, steamy challenges of Summer will give way to the soothing breezes and rich colors of Fall.  After 31 years of the changing seasons, I’ve realized the patience of God in how He treats us.  He knows our frame.  He knows we are dust, yet He lovingly leads us through all the seasons we face.  He gives us hope and the promise that difficulty may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning.

Why not plan an evening to talk about the changes you’ve faced or are facing in your lives right now.  Sometimes simply knowing your grounded together through the changes with your lover, partner and friend is all you need to embrace the new season, whether the changes seem good or bad.

Tomorrow we’ll continue our talk on The Fruit of the Spirit with the focus on “long-suffering or patience.”  How kind of God to prepare our hearts today for what He wants to share with us tomorrow.

About Debi Walter

Face it, marriage is hard work. But when cultivated daily the fruit produced will satisfy for a lifetime. We're here to help with ideas and encouragement along the way. Having been married 40 years and counting, we share what we've learned with practical tips, Biblical Truths, Date night ideas to help you plow your own vineyard for God's glory.
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4 Responses to First Day of Fall

  1. Sharon O says:

    This is beautiful and I can so relate to it. We have been married 36 years and it has been a series of changes throughout the years. Now in our ‘later years’ we are saying goodbye to relatives for the last time, we are watching our children have children it is a sense of the generations continuing in the midst of generations leaving. Rekindling the flame for us is important and we don’t do it as often as we should. Perhaps this day is a new beginning. Perhaps a candle light dinner ~ glass of wine and talk time is in order for the day or weekend. Thank you for the wonderful reminder. Life gets so busy and so fractured by other peoples needs we must make our ‘time’ important too.


    • Debi Walter says:

      Yes, Sharon. It IS important to make time for each other as the seasons change. Communication is the best adjustment to weather the changes. Enjoy your romantic evening! 🙂


  2. Annie says:

    I just want you to know how incredibly blessed I am with each daily email! Thank you so much for your devotion to our Savior and to our marriages, not just your own! Blessings!!


    • Debi Walter says:

      You’re welcome, Annie. Thank you for reading! Marriage is a marvelous thing that God loves to use to showcase His Son’s love for His Bride – the church. Your encouragement means more than you know.
      Blessings to YOU!


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