An Unfading Beauty

 

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Fall is a season of beauty! After the long, hot months of summer, our hearts crave the cooling temperatures of Fall. We watch for hints that the leaves are beginning to turn yellow, orange, and red. We watch for the pumpkins to begin appearing at the store, the opening of pumpkin patches in the neighborhood, and perhaps even the ripening of pumpkins in our own backyards.

I love seeing pictures of the changing colors of the trees in the Fall! To see how God paints the landscapes with the brightest reds, oranges, and yellows is truly magnificent! We don’t see this in its fullness in Southern California, but one day I hope to drive along the East Coast in the Fall and see it all for myself! Jerry and I have talked about doing this so perhaps one day we will follow through!

I was struck by my devotion this morning in 1 Peter 3 as it relates to the world’s beauty and what is true beauty as it relates to you and me. In this verse Peter is talking about physical beauty and inner beauty. What stood out were these words in verse 4 that we may be found with “the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” An incorruptible beauty is one that doesn’t fade away. Oh, that we would develop this beauty of the heart! As verse 4 says: May it be found “in the hidden person of the heart”!

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Hangin’

 

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Scarecrow, Scarecrow
Hangin’ on a stick
Do Blackbirds
Buzzing ‘round you
Know you’re just a trick?

Scarecrow, Scarecrow
Hangin’ in a field
Can you protect tender seeds
Till time for Harvest yield?

Scarecrow, Scarecrow
Arms flappin’ in the breeze
Lifeless…powerless…
Aren’t you just a tease?

Jesus, Savior
Hangin’ on a tree
Sorrowing…Suffering…
All because of me.

Jesus, Savior,
Resurrected One
Paid my sin price
Battle now is won

Jesus, Savior,
Redeemer…Friend
My life is Yours
Till time without end.

by Marilyn Allison

Who, Who, Who Loves You?

 

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“Who, who, who loves you? Jesus is the One! Who, who, died for you? Jesus, God’s own Son! Who, who will take you to His home above? Jesus Christ, our Lord and King, He’s the One we love!”

A song from Child Evangelism

When I saw this owl made out of pumpkins, this little song played in my head! A sweet child’s song from Child Evangelism that I used to sing to my own children when they were small. A song also that I taught to my children in my preschool class years ago. A little song and a cute owl that perhaps may speak to your hearts and find its way into your homes as well this October!

I love to decorate my home for the seasons we are in! Just a little, nothing too complicated, but I like those who enter my home to know this home loves Jesus! It is a quiet testimony to Jesus that He is the unseen guest in our home.

 Country Living.com is where I found the idea! They made this cute, cute owl that I just had to try to make!  The owl is fairly simple to make and it is not too costly.

It is made of two pumpkins, a small one for the head and a larger one for the body. The two pumpkins are hot glued together. I then tied a narrow piece of ribbon [mine is black with tiny white polka-dots] that I had between the head and the body to cover the hot glue that showed through.

 

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White cupcake liners are used for the white of the eyes and brown cupcake liners cut in half make up the eyelashes. The wings are made with both brown and white cupcake liners cut in half. Brown, black, and white construction papers are used for the eyes. The white construction paper circle is cut to fit the inside of the cupcake liner. I used a spice jar lid to make the brown circle and a dime to make the black circle. Black construction paper is used for the beak and the feet. No pattern; I just “eye-balled” these. No two pumpkins will be identical and each will have its own personality! These pieces are then glued together before hot gluing to the pumpkin.

 

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I printed out the words to the song and glued them to a harvest-themed paper I had.

 

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This was a fun project to make and one that makes me smile when I enter the room! I think it is so nice to find a way to decorate the month of October in a way that shows my love for Jesus to my grandchildren and to all who may enter my home. It also gives me the opportunity to teach them a new song! How do you decorate your home in early fall?

 

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“Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day.”

Psalm 25:5

By Pat Tingwall

Devotion: Discipline in the Basics

 

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I made my way down stairs for my morning ritual cup of joe. As I entered the kitchen I was greeted by disheveled dishes piled high on the countertop–remnants of last night’s dinner. Clean, no less, they sparkled in the dawn’s first sun. Sipping hot creamy coffee, I slowly removed a plastic cup that balanced atop the chaotic display;  it’s heavier counterparts, a metal spoon rest and stainless steel pot. slid abruptly, loudly crashing into the sink. I was quite sure the blatant racket had disturbed the tranquility that still rested upstairs as my famly slept in their cozy beds. Carefully and methodically I continued removing each dish and utensil, like figuring out a puzzle, until every last piece was returned to its proper place ready for use again.

In the moment, I recalled a fleeting notion, surely a wise warning, though quickly dismissed last night:
This is not gonna hold.
Na,” I said to the quiet prediction. “I built it well, supported safe.”

Until the time arrived this morning, to disassemble my domestic piece of art.

A new thought passed through my mind…

Who does this? Who stacks dishes piled high, with no organization, but with perfect strategy, building weightier ceramic cake plate atop a flimsy, plastic throw-away container, while forks protrude every which way like an abstract bouquet of assorted crockery?
Of course, I had to own up.
I do this.

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