Welcome October

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.

James 5:7-8

It’s Friday, the first of October. We have three months left to something out of 2021.

We’d better get busy.

I already know I’m not going to finish a couple of projects. And I know the only way I’m going to reach my Goodreads reading goal is to go in and say I only want to read 20 books in 2021. I started with 40.

To be fair…it’s been a year. If you read here or follow me on social media, like you should be doing responsibly, then you know that.

Also to be fair, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to podcasts or bingeing Netflix or Disney when I could have been reading.

Okay, well maybe not on I-95 while I was listening.

But it’s the final quarter of the year and I need to consider, or reconsider, my three words:

Ponder. Learn. Believe.

Those have been pretty good words for 2021. I’ve certainly had time to think about things. I’ve been trying to learn. And in spite of still not having a church home, I think my faith is stronger.

Or perhaps I’ve just had more reminders of the goodness of the Lord.

I know that I’m not the only one who has had a less than stellar year. In fact, I know that, even with the summer’s unpleasantness, I know that I’m still pretty blessed.

I need to remember that when I feel like whining.

But sometimes the whining is okay. None of this is a surprise to the Lord. He knew what we’d be going through. He knew how we would react.

Yet he loves us still.

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