Category Archives: Fall

Falling in Love is Easy…It’s Living It That’s Hard

I love Fall. The leaves have been spectacular again this year. The vibrant colors explode like July fireworks and linger so you can enjoy them for a few days, not just seconds.  But I love the fall for another reason. It’s when I married my sweetheart. He was an awesome young man. Intelligent. The leader of […]

Do Not Fall AWAY!

Don’t Fall

don't fall; stand fast in God's love and graceThis fall has been crazy busy, but again and again I found myself standing on the back porch just drinking in the beauty around me. I want the leaves in all their glory to stay put. I want to say to them, “Don’t fall! You’re so beautiful. Below you’ll see a few pictures from my back porch.

 

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As often as we could, but not nearly often as I would like, Wayne and I hiked trails through the woods. One of my favorite trails is along the Swannanoa River that courses through the park and campus at Montreat College. It’s a noisy hike in the fall. Have you ever noticed how loud dry leaves can sound? The rattle of dry leaves flapping on the ends of thin branches in the gentle breeze call for me to stop and watch. Squirrels and even lizards moving in the leaf piles at the foot of tall trees makes them sound much bigger and more threatening than they are. Or the sound of leaves dancing around in a whirl of dizzying wind, a tiny whirl-wind that blows out as quickly as it comes. And the voice of the water as it tumbles over rock piles, gurgling and laughing as the path twists around and over the rippling stream. The peaceful, wonderful and soothing sounds of fall.

 

I watch the leaves tumble or float, while others whirl and twirl as they leave the tree where they’ve worked since spring. Sometimes the wind catches the leaves, blowing them off the trees until it looks like it is raining leaves.

 

But if you are an adult, falling isn’t fun. It’s funny to someone else, but it’s not fun. Just a side note, why is it watching people fall down is so hilarious? And I’m not the only person that laughs when someone falls. America’s Funniest Videos (AFV) celebrated 500 episodes and 22 years of laughing at people fall. Which only proves falling is funny, as long as they don’t get hurt and it’s not you!

 

But far too often falling isn’t funny and people do get hurt. Ask my friend that broke her wrist from a recent fall. Or my neighbor that was holding a ladder for her husband, when he missed a rung on the ladder, he tumbled down, onto his wife. While it was a soft landing for him, it was a broken leg for her. Falling wasn’t funny to either of them.

 

So my advice—don’t fall!

 

Are you thinking, “Yeah? And how am I gonna keep from falling?”

 

So glad you asked! While carefulness and determination are part of surefootedness, you need more. You can get hurt if you fall physically, but you can hurt your testimony and yourself worse if you fall spiritually. By falling, I mean fall into sin, fall into rebellion or depression or even resentment.

 

Paul offers some powerful God breathed advice on how not to fall.

 

2 Peter 1:5-10 nlt So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. 6 Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. 7 Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. 8 The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop these virtues are blind or, at least, very shortsighted. They have already forgotten that God has cleansed them from their old life of sin. 10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Doing this, you will never stumble or fall away.

 

 

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Remember:

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything! (Quoted- Source is widely argued.)

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More Thinkful! (No, It’s not a Typo)

Thinkful? It’s not a typo. While it’s not actually a word, it’s something we desperately need to do. Let me explain. So much of our thinking is distracted. Noise. Weariness. Busyness. Worry. So many voices clamoring for our attention.   We simply don’t take the time to notice or think about the wonderful things that […]

Dream Squashers

Leaves don’t hold all the  fall colors I enjoy. Fat, vibrant orange pumpkins. Rusty rakes and piles of brown leaves. The smell of leaves burning and the promise of hot dogs and marshmallows when we’re done, if everyone works hard. These are precious pictures that hang in the gallery of my mind when someone mentions […]

Eye C U 2

train your children using the Bible

It’s the first game we play with our babies, “Peep Eye. I see you!” Or maybe you say “Peek-a-boo. I see you.” Same game. Their response covers the spectrum from coos to hysterical laughter.  As they grow a little older they cover their eyes and peer through their fingers. I find it fascinating that young […]

Just One Pie Only Mentality- So Blessed

One Pie Only Mentality- So Blessed

  My daddy made the best “Sweet Potato Pie” ever. Yes, it’s a Southern thang and no, it’s not the same as a Pumpkin Pie–it is way, way better. He only made them at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Why do we save the most delicious things for only holidays? Just saying… Sweet Potato Pie was my […]

Never Leave You- Trust

Never Leave You- Trust

 Trust Him- Jesus Will Never Leave You! Fall is my favorite time of the year. I can’t begin to describe the splendor of this year’s fall canvas. Vibrant hues of bright yellows, delicious oranges, explosive reds and emerald greens kissed a flamboyant blue sky. We watched brilliant golden leaves flutter and twirl their way to […]

Fear Is A Factor

one pie only mentality-so blessed

  My mom wasn’t really into Halloween when I was a kid, but she let us go Trick or Treating. Perhaps she was driven somewhat by fear, which kept us very close to home at all times, so I’m not sure how I ended up at my grandparent’s house three blocks down the street on Halloween Night. […]

Sometimes Winning Is NOT Winning

Sometimes Winning Is NOT Winning

He won. But he lost more than he won. Maybe you read about it! This news story is almost too disgusting to discuss. Don’t read this blog, if you’re eating. Edward Arch bold won The Live Roach Eating Contest, but died afterward. I’m not kidding. It really happened. There just isn’t an EWWW loud enough […]