Seasons and the Heart
That’s why I like this time of year. It begins with a quiet whisper of gratitude. We begin to harvest our garden and the fruits as it were of that garden in earnest about the end of July into August. By September we are into the cornucopia of the year. The fields are ripening, our pumpkins, squash, and fall harvest is beginning to fill our pantries. This is the time that James Whitcomb-Riley wrote about in When the Frost is on the Pumpkin.
Gratitude—the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. My family still lives on and with the land, which isn’t an easy task considering we must also live in a century that wants to pull us into a worldly lifestyle.
Thankfulness—the quality of being thankful. People are rolling their eyes and muttering under their breath (sometimes not so softly muttering) about the year 2020. My family almost all of them are considered ‘necessary workers’ so that we are still busy from farmers to truck drivers, and service providers.
But the sun will rise. It’s a line that has many applications. This year has been like that. No matter what’s going on, good or not so good, tomorrow the sun shall rise. Another quip that gives perspective is It came to pass—it did not come to stay.
I am thankful for the cycles of life. The sun shall rise and a broken heart will have the chance to heal; a happy heart will have another chance to dance.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
About the Author:
Donevy is a primitive artist who has for over forty years worked with raw materials in many different mediums. Not only an artist with paint, canvas, clay, and etc., she is wife, mother, teacher, Bible class teacher, and a writer. She has homeschooled seven children; writes a blog: deborawephraim.blogspot.com; is a member of HAWCN and ACFW. She is committed to continuing to learn and help others learn.
If I Should Die
by Donevy Westphal
“A story of God’s hand of providence, strong family values, and faith tested by fire.”
Undercover agent Julius C. Armstrong has spent the last ten years of his life walking among the criminal elements. He feels old and tired, and he wants out of the lies and deceit. His last case should be like butterscotch syrup on plain ice cream—smooth and sweet, but from his first visit to the local Mom and Pop’s eatery and onward nothing goes quite as he expects. The past that he has been running from, is catching up to him. Will Julius be able to survive one last time?
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