Friday, September 22, 2017

A Bouquet for an Early Autumn Weekend

This week has found midnight winds roaring loud enough to wake the dead.  Skies are perpetually gray, waves crash high and mighty, the rain descends randomly, in sheer torrents or as an oddly teaming mist.  We prepare for the worst, but by some grace we have been spared the tragic catastrophes others are enduring.

Summer exits with a most unsettling violent flourish during these, her final days.

Today launches us straight into the next season, so says the square on the calendar.  I can't think of a better way of marking this autumn's kickoff than sharing some quite provocative reads with you.

And one link thrown in just for beauty's sake.  

Whether you're sporting a sweatshirt and jeans or still hanging on to your tee-shirts and shorts, I hope this weekend brings you an opportunity to catch your breath ... and receive a strong much-needed sense of the heart-warming presence of God in your life.

No matter what the weather.




Tish Harrison Warren


J.R. Briggs


Megan @ Farmhouse 5540


Maggie Fox


Winn Collier


Tanya Marlow @ The Mudroom


Brenda Bradford Ottinger



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21 comments:

  1. All the losses are so sad and hard to understand, aren't they? Thank you for all these meaningful posts, Linda. I especially connected with Cure vs. Healing. Yes, we need to be willing to enter into another's pain, to listen and to care, to take seriously our calling to the slower work of healing. Blessings and hugs to you!

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    1. Yeah, that Cure vs. Healing was a powerful post, wasn't it, Trudy ...

      I hope you're finding rest and joy this weekend, friend.

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  2. Love the leaves, Linda!

    For me it's shorts all year 'round, and it does snow here. My legs were burned years ago,and long pants - even sweat-pants - are unbearable.

    https://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2017/09/your-dying-spouse-365-i-live-impossible.html

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    1. Yep, you're in sun country for sure out there, Andrew! No hurricanes for you. Wind storms maybe?

      I hope this weekend's a better one than many recent ones you've forged your way through.

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  3. Thank you for these suggested reads, Linda. Happy Fall!

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  4. Thankful you are safe! SO MANY have lost so much!
    Fall Blessings, My Friend!

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    1. Texas, Florida, the Islands, Mexico.

      Yes, tragedy surrounds millions ...

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  5. I wondered if the storms blown north would come by you and give you a taste of autumn. Ohio is still very much summery. Today we have had a high temperature of 91 and since this is not my preferred temp even in summer, I look forward to autumn arriving one day soon here!!💕

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    1. Summer has returned since I hit publish on this post. Sweet bliss to see the sun shine once again ...

      ;-}

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  6. Hi Linda! Oh, it's definitely summer here still, in the 90's and more of the same tomorrow. Sigh...where is the fall? The leaves are falling because it's dry, without their spectacular color changes. I hope that won't be the whole season?
    I'm hoping that your weather behaves itself, no hurricanes for you!
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. May hurricane season be short and swift ... may the rebuilding and the healing come to all who've suffered loss.

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  7. Linda, I had already read the post on Lament....so very good, so wise and so worth reading. Autumn greetings to you.

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    1. Hi Carol! There were so many good reads toward the end of the week ... it was hard to choose what to share. And yes, Lament was one of them for sure.

      Glad you're here.

      ;-}

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  8. This weekend we'll have perfect weather for a campfire, after several weeks of heat and humidity. I'm so thankful! I also loved Brenda's post on prayer last week.

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    1. We were just talking about getting a fire pit last night, Sarah! The evenings are cool and damp even on those days where the sun shines bright.

      Must have? S'Mores! Be sure to get those Reeses' Peanut Butter Cups and sandwich a gooey marshmallow inside ...

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  9. Always the best here Linda. Wasn't Tanya's post on Cure vs Healing excellent? And I do enjoy the words of Winn Collier. I'm quite intrigued but link you have for banishing church talk. Long been one of my personal attempts but it can be so hard. Thanks for filling our minds as you do our souls.

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    1. For sure, the church has its own lingo which can be confusing and easily misunderstood ... especially by those who are new to the 'culture.'

      I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds this a tad off-putting.

      ;-)

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  10. Tomorrow the temperature drops 10 degrees for us - and I'm so happy. No rain. Just sunshine! It's my favorite season. Hope you are finished with your rain and Autumn brings you comfort and refreshing!

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    1. Welcome, Maryleigh ... it's so very good to have you here. I join you in proclaiming that yes, this is my favorite season.

      ;-}

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  11. Hi there Linda, wishing you a beautiful autumn!

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'I want the people in my life to know that when they come to me, with whatever is on their mind or heart, they will be heard. I am dedicated to hearing the hearts of those around me.'
~ Adam McHugh, The Listening Life

Linda