Fall 2016 and a Fresh Start

Happy First Day of Fall 2016! I always like the significance, even if it’s only symbolic, of the beginning of a new season and the opportunity for a fresh start. It’s nice to know that no matter what has happened in the past, or what obstacles may have been in our paths, we can overcome them and move forward with a fresh start, by the grace of God.




Here’s this first fall day’s inspirational thought:

“Lord, I praise You that Christ

is not a weak person outside me,

but a tremendous power inside me.

Through Him, I am competent

to cope with life, to do Your will,

to love with your love,

to be more than a conqueror.

How I rejoice that I can grow,

develop my gifts, enlarge my capacities…

**I need not be forever shackled by my past,**

but with confidence and joy,

I can look forward to actually becoming

all that You have in mind for me to be.”

–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”


My reflections:

I am always in awe when a devotional thought is so fitting and relevant at this time in my life, regardless of when it was written. For instance, this “31 Days of Praise” devotional book came out way back in 1994! My parents had a copy of this book and read it together every day; my Mom gave my hubby and me a copy of it when we got married back in 2006.  Now that both of my parents are gone, the book with her written message in it is even more meaningful to me.

The idea of breaking free from the past in the line, “I need not be forever shackled by my past,”  is especially powerful and brings to mind the image of chains falling off. Freedom to move forward, unencumbered by the past, overcoming obstacles, and getting a fresh start!


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Can you relate to the quote in the image above and in the devotional for today?

Have you ever envisioned yourself shaking off those shackles from the past, so you can move forward unencumbered with a fresh start?

Fall's blazing glory!
Fall’s Blazing Glory!
[from fall 2015 – tree in our back yard]

Do You Have a Relationship or Follow a Religion? September 21 Inspiration

Relationship or religion?  My beloved Dad used to talk about the difference all the time. People would mention being religious or following some specific religion, and ask him about his religion. Dad always said it’s all about a relationship, not a religion – as in having a personal relationship with God, not merely fulfilling religious duties as part of  an organized religion or denomination. Another of my Dad’s relevant sayings on living a true Christian life: Walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk!



Here’s today’s inspiration…


“When the Bible says we must be born again –

it doesn’t say that we must be religious.

The greatest hindrance to hearing from God

is trying to get to Him through works

instead of a personal relationship with Him

by being born again

and fellowshipping with Him regularly.

People can go to church for years

and do religious things all their lives

without ever knowing Jesus

as the Lord of their lives.

As I often say, ‘Sitting in church

won’t make a person a Christian

any more than sitting in a garage

will make him a car.'”

~~Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”


Bonus Quotes!


By reading the scriptures, I am so renewed

that all nature seems renewed

around me and with me. 

The sky seems to be a pure, cooler blue,

the trees a deeper green. 

The whole world is charged

with the glory of God

and I feel fire and music under my feet.”

~Thomas Merton


Not all religion

is to be found in the church,

any more than all knowledge

is found in the classroom.

~Author Unknown


Organized Christianity has probably done more

to retard the ideals that were its founders’

than any other agency in the world.”

~Richard Le Gallienne


People who want to share

their religious views with you

almost never want you to share yours with them.”

~Dave Barry, “Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn


***All Quotes from ***


My reflections:

I was raised to believe in and have a personal relationship with God as my heavenly Father, and have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. In spite of the persecution and genocide taking place in many parts of the world, I’m not ashamed to say I’m a Christian.


So what are YOUR thoughts?

If you care to share, do you follow any particular religion’s teaching?

Likewise, only if you care to share, do you have that personal relationship with God or any higher power?



One of my favorite fall displays every year–the “calico” tree with variegated colors.



Instant Gratification or Lasting Satisfaction? September 20 Inspiration

Which do you prefer: instant gratification or lasting satisfaction?  As our world continues to advance in technology, it seems we are more interested in instant gratification. Food is just one example. So many changes in food preparation and service alone appear to accommodate the “I want it, and I want it NOW” mentality.

Trouble is, so many “instant” and “fast service” foods tend to not be the healthiest for us, whereas the foods that require time to prepare often result in the lasting satisfaction of better health and fitness. I often have to remind myself of this when I’m anxious to eat “whatever” because it’s quicker, or take the time to prepare something healthy. Something quick might taste great, but then its lasting effect may NOT be the kind of satisfaction you desire!



Here’s today’s inspiration…


“We live in a society

that is used to doing

whatever feels good *right now.*

But instant gratification

never brings lasting satisfaction.

If you operate in self-control

through the power of the Holy Spirit

living in you,

you will choose to do things

that contribute to the goal

that you have in mind.

You must discipline yourself now

so you will reap the reward

of reaching your goal later.

Stay focused on the goal.

God will give you the grace

to continue moving toward it.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”


My reflections:

Sure, something instant can gratify – at that moment. But the long-term effects of something that requires preparation or takes time to achieve is usually more satisfying for a longer period of time. Even though the terms gratification and satisfaction are often used interchangeably, it seems that gratification is most often associated with things that occur instantly or quickly, whereas satisfaction carries an enduring quality.


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Have you ever thought about the differences between instant gratification and lasting satisfaction?

Is lasting satisfaction more appealing to you than instant gratification?

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