The seasons are something to celebrate!
When the flood waters receded, and Noah and his family left the ark for the first time in over a year, Noah built an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings. The Lord smelled that sweet savor and declared:
I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.
"While the earth remains," there will be seasons.
The dependable changing of the seasons is a testimony to God's faithfulness.
When winter days are gray and cold, I can look ahead to the green and lively days of spring. And when I am enduring the heat and humidity of a Mid-Atlantic summer, I can be certain that there will be autumn.
Autumn. It is the best season in my book, and when it arrives, I celebrate!
Some ideas for celebrating this glorious season...
- Buy a pumpkin (or two...or eight) and a few colorful mums.
- Indulge in a pumpkin beverage, or drink some apple cider or some spicy tea.
- Take an autumn walk and gather some treasures from nature.
- Bring a little autumn inside.
- Make an apple pie or a loaf of pumpkin bread. (Or buy an apple pie or loaf of pumpkin bread.)
- Burn a spicy candle.
On the first cool autumn day, I make pumpkin bread. There is something about the aroma of pumpkin and spices permeating the farmhouse that heralds fall's arrival to me.
This recipe was published in our local paper many years ago, and although I have tried several pumpkin bread recipes over the years, I always come back to this one. I usually double the recipe and make two loaves, one with chocolate chips (for the girls and me), and one with pecans (for Ron).
1/2 cup butter
Note: You can substitute 3/4 cup chopped pecans for the chocolate chips.
How do you celebrate autumn?
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