Beautiful October

My favorite season ~ fall!

Life Action's Lodge property on the St. Joseph River.Sneak preview of autumn to come in the Rockies.

I love the cool weather, the smells, the beauty of the leaves ~ all of it. I'm so thankful to be where I am, and grateful for God's gracious goodness to me!

I'm also thankful to be able to look back over the past two years and see ways I've grown and things I've learned. I get to interact with some really neat and godly people here at work, and conversations with them have been shaping me. I also have access to great books, and some of those have been influencing me.

I attend a little country church on the north edge of Niles. The pastor there would be the first to tell you that he's not a great public speaker, but God really uses him to say things that need to be said. For instance, last week in Sunday school he asked us, "What is your passion?" That question hasn't left me alone ever since. While I can name some things that are important to me, I'm not sure if any of them qualifies as a passion. I'm asking God to make me passionate about the things that are most important to Him ~ like people.

I have some good examples of what that looks like, too. A friend at my church devotes his entire life to ministering to the lost and to young believers. He and his dad provide housing, food, transportation, counsel, prayer, friendship, work, and more to young guys who are struggling in one way or another. And they minister to others as well. None of their resources are their own. I'm blessed to be able to labor alongside them through prayer, and sometimes by offering food, transportation, or a game night at my house to help out.

Tuesday evenings I've been meeting with six other gals (married and single). We've been talking about what Christianity looks like (should look like) in our spheres. What does God want me to be doing? How would Christ live if He were in my shoes here today?  What should my priorities be? It's hard to explain our times together exactly. It's not a Bible study or a prayer meeting. It's more of a conversation, a process of learning together how God wants us to live, and how to become who He intends us to be. It's been a real blessing to get to know these ladies better. They are another example to me of the things I need to be passionate about.

Well, that gives you a taste of what's been going on. The calendar has been full. When I came back from Colorado, I came back to increased responsibilities at work. I now have many more things to proofread and edit. That's what I love doing and what I came here to do, but all of a sudden there sure is a lot of it! I'm in the process of evaluating my workload to see if I can keep up with everything, and if not, what I can hand off to others.

I thought I would begin teaching more piano lessons this fall, but so far I only have one girl at church, which is fine with me, because I really wonder where I would find time for more. I enjoy helping Charity learn; she's motivated and is progressing quickly. We've already played a couple of duets in church, and we're working on more. She'll be playing in the Christmas program next month. I'm proud of her. :)

Well, I'll stop, lest this get too long to read. Please feel free to e-mail or write; I'd love to hear from you. Thanks for your friendship and for being part of my life and ministry.

"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us" (Psalm 67:1).