Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The days of October

Today in the first week of November, I want to look back with a fond farewell to October.

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

One of my favorite writers, Emily P. Freeman, speaks of keeping a list entitled, "These are the days of ..." and listing all the simple joys that happen that month. Here is mine:

October was the days of  ... 

Wedding preparations in our family
Welcoming a new son
Chaos during renovations
FINALLY getting rid of blue-flowered walls that we had lived with all the days of my children's lives;  
Color swatches and paint samples; 
Sawdust and donut dust (powdered donuts go so well with hot beverages!);  
Playing school with the grands; 
Getting out the boots and sweaters;
Fall decor

Deep spiritual conversations: In October I was struck by a thought first mentioned on an Out of the Ordinary podcast, "In the Presence of Your Enemies," (Podcast #49). This is not her exact words, but what I heard Lisa-Jo say is that Psalm 23 tells us He prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies – and those enemies could well be the voices of the enemy shouting at us – it could be our own thoughts!

I mulled that over and shared with several friends. Then this amazing thought came up: Our enemy, our negative thoughts if you will, have to watch us being fed and blessed. They are not invited to the table - He prepares it for US, those He is shepherding.

I don't know about you, but realizing this truth not only lightened my October but is bringing joy to my November.

In closing, one of my Facebook friends, Teresa Eaves Gaikema, shared a quote (not sure from whom) that really spoke to me:

"There are three months left in this decade. In. This. Decade."

Sobering thought! It's your choice how you spend them.

Now ... we're down to two .... 


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(Wedding photos courtesy of A Shot of Faith Photography and other friends and family.)


  1. Looks like a lovely October. The wedding photos are really great. I'll have to think on that thought about enemies...
    Happy November to you and yikes about the end of a decade. Didn't consider that at all.

  2. nice wedding photos!

    Love the thoughts about Psalm 23 and enemies.....good to ponder that!

    I know it's the end of a decade...i'm turning a new decade..the big 6-0 (which is really the new 40 right??!) in Dec. YIKES!!!!!

    Happy November


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