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Grace for Every Season
Autumn has returned--with its brightly woven cornucopia of holidays, harvest fruits, bittersweet memories, and beautiful trees. This year finds you, perhaps, a little sadder, hopefully wiser; maybe you are entering a new phase as you begin homeschooling for the first time or your oldest child leaves for college.
Autumn holds many lessons for God's people, but it especially bears a testimony of grace. You're probably familiar with the passage in 2 Corinthians 12--one of the most often quoted passages on grace--where Paul writes of his "thorn in the flesh." No one knows for certain what that thorn was, but if the man who uncomplainingly endured shipwreck, beatings, and imprisonment called it a "thorn," it must have deserved the title.
And what was God's response to Paul's earnest prayers for relief? "My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness." (1 Cor. 12:9). God gives him no explanation as to why this particular thorn, how long Paul will have it, or what it will accomplish. The apostle was simply told "Trust Me. It is for My glory and your good."
We often think of God's provision of grace in relation to the "big" things of life... READ MORE
Work Hard, Play Hard this Autumn!
We almost all love checklists. They help us see the big picture, what's next to tackle, and what we've already accomplished. And now that the chilly weather has set in, it's time to take care of all those seasonal chores. Use this checklist to help you get started, but don't forget to make time for some autumn fun too!
- Clear out gutters
- Winterize lawn mower and trimmer
- Check chimneys--clean and clear
- Pack or give away summer clothes
- Unpack winter coats and clothes
- Have the children go through their toys and gather any old ones they don't play with anymore for donation to charity
- Deep clean the house
- Organize garage and garden shed
- Open windows to air out house
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- Go leaf gathering and try to find a leaf from each of the deciduous trees in your area
- Head out to a you-pick orchard and spend an afternoon picking apples
- Have an autumn bonfire and toast marshmallows
- Make an apple garland out of dried apple pieces and cinnamon sticks
- Get together with family friends and spend the day at a corn maze
- Have the children look through craft magazines and creative books for Christmas presents they can start making for friends
- Walk through your neighborhood and play autumn bingo; award points for seeing carved pumpkins, smiling scarecrows, corn stalk decorations, and apple basket