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Autumn Reflections

Photo Credit: Victoria Magazine
Today I'm participating in another Faith Barista Jam.  Bonnie has asked us to write on the following topic:

Autumn Reflections: Reflect on your journey of faith as you enter into the autumn season. 

I grew up in New York where there were four seasons.  Autumn was one of my favorite seasons with its cooler temperatures and the changing color of the leaves on the trees.  I loved the smells in the air; a new season.

Now that I live in Phoenix, Arizona the fall season is quite different. We still have HOT temperatures!  In fact, today's high is predicted to be 103 degrees.  It doesn't feel or look like autumn has arrived.

But what about my faith?

As I enter the autumn season ... my faith is strong.  

I've had to weather many storms recently with many life changes.  It hasn't been easy but I couldn't have survived and thrived without my faith.

My fall season of faith is ...letting go.

I'm definitely in that season right now, no matter what the outside temperatures are in Phoenix.

Returning to full time work after a long absence has been a unique experience for me.  I'm older now and I'm not at the beginning of my career.  But how thankful I am to be working with little children.  It's been a sweet blessing from the Lord to me.

I'm learning to not hold tightly to 'stuff'.  I'm learning to release so many earthly belongings but after all, it's a great way to simplify.  And how much do I really need after all?

I'm getting to the point where I desire what God desires for my life.  After all, He created me and knows me best.  I pray that His desires become my desires.

Instead of looking back to what I lost, I am beginning to look forward with HOPE!

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43: 18-19 ESV

I am entering this autumn season with hope and joy, knowing that God has a plan and a purpose for my life.  I choose  to walk in His ways and allow Him to work in me and through me.

Now that's a journey I can get excited about!


Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. I think autumn is often a season of reflecting for me. We've had a difficult few weeks here and we are dealing with some things where our only option is to 'let go and let God'. Hope is a precious thing.

  2. I just love that scripture Debbie! It says He is ALWAYS at work and not on the old, tired stuff of life, but doing a NEW thing!! :) I really love a new thing!

    As always, your words bless and encourage me.

    Love you sis!

  3. I love how you wrote that you have "survived and THRIVED" because of your faith! Though changes come in our life, our Father is never changing. We can count on Him throughout all of life's seasons. When we look to Him in all circumstances, yes...we with thrive!

    Blessings, Joan

  4. Oh sweetie, how I love your Autumn reflections. You have a warm lovin' attitude that just puts a smile on my face.

    God bless ya and have a bright and beautiful 'fall' day!!! :o)

  5. Beautiful sharing Debbie. I can relate to so much of what you said!Beautiful photo!!

    Wish we had known each other growing up in New York (smile).

    I love you! Keep standing firm in your faith!

  6. Oh my dear friend, our posts are so similar today. I understand about having to let go, of what was lost, of past hurt and pain. There is so much joy in the letting go. Praying that I continue to choose JOY into this next season!

  7. Oh Amen!!! I could echo all the same words...welcome autumn the season and the season of life...you have put it so well

  8. "I couldn't have survived and thrived without my faith. "

    These words say it all.

  9. Seasons change, and we change and time changes everything it seems. I am happy that you are able to work with children. Allow the love of Jesus to show them His Love, through you. Your love can change lives as they remember you.

  10. I love your autumn reflrctions Debbie! :) Just as there are four seasons of nature, there are four seasons of life. Timing is important for each of these seasons in our lives, and I believe each season represents a different phase in our life to discover, accept, and appreciate God's perfect timing.

    I'm glad you feel it in your heart even though you don't feel it outdoors! :)

    Hugs and blessings!

  11. Oh friend, I can't imagine living where it is hot all of the time. :-O

    I know God is doing a sweet and lasting work in your heart through the spiritual season you've been in this past year.

    Have a wonderful weekend Debbie!

  12. I receive that verse you shared. I just thought about it this morning. The Jam posts are correlating my morning quiet time and prayers.

    Debbie, you're a beautiful person indeed. Happy Fall and Happy letting go. I celebrate you!

  13. I think it takes so much courage to go back to work after a long absence. Bless you in this transition, Debbie. Sometimes letting go is hard, but it can be an unchaining of sorts too. I'm glad you are celebrating this new season :)>

  14. Those same verses often bring comfort to me...thanks for sharing them Debbie!

  15. Your scripture has been turning about in my mind that last few months.

    Fall is my favorite season - and this season is totally different than others. I can't describe it yet. I don't quite understand it yet - but I don't think I could have felt such peace in this place at any other time in my life.

  16. I love the picture of you - "am I a kid or what?" It shows me the joy that comes from your faith journey of letting go -- it has not touched that tender place inside you that glows and gives joy to others. As you do online, I can't imagine how it is in person. Thank you Debbie for how you shine for Christ in your current season!

  17. I love Fall! It's a good season to change-out wardrobes and prepare to bundle & cuddle. It's so like the Lord to call us to Himself in such colorful ways.


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