All Things Autumn!

Fall is here, despite the lingering Indian summer we’ve been experiencing this year. I haven’t broken out my boots or scarves, yet, but I’m still excited for all things autumn!!

This year, I’ve seen variations of an anonymous quote floating around that really caught my attention:

“Autumn reminds us of the beauty of letting go.”

Isn’t that true? One of my favorite things about autumn is the built-in reminder that this beautiful release of leaves is a necessary part of the seasonal processes that allow trees to survive and thrive.

Without the release of those dying leaves, trees would be broken and destroyed by the weight of winter’s snow and ice.

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In one of my favorite passages from Lysa Terkuerst’s book, The Best Yes, she talks about observing this very phenomenon:

A few years ago I traveled to visit a friend in Connecticut . . . [and] I saw the fallout from the storm she’d tried to describe—a massive twenty-inch snow in the middle of fall. But it wasn’t the amount of snow still on the ground, or the snowmen still proudly standing, or the huge snowbanks on either side of the road that grabbed my attention.

It was the broken trees. The branches were piled everywhere. House after house. All down the street. Disastrous piles of limbs—big piles of trees—all still clinging to the leaves that hadn’t dropped yet. And because the leaves hadn’t dropped, the trees broke.

That’s what happens when a snow comes early. The trees weren’t designed to face snow before releasing their leaves. they weren’t made to carry more than they should. And neither are we.

I know the weight of carrying more than I should. And usually it’s because I’ve refused to release something before taking on something else. If I want to choose a Best Yes, it’s crucial I make room for it first. Otherwise, a Best Yes can quickly become a stressed yes. And a stressed yes is like snow on a tree that refuses to release its leaves. It causes cracks and breaks at our core. . . .

Releasing isn’t stealing from us. It’s a gift—a gift to a woman weighed down, grasping her leaves in the midst of a snowstorm, desperate, so desperate for help. She can feel the twinges and hear the creaking sounds of a splitting break about to happen. She knows she can’t take much more. Tears well up in her upturned, pleading eyes. “God help me. It’s all too much. I’m tired and frustrated and so very worn out.”

The wind whips past her, trailing a whispered, “R-E-L-E-A-S-E.”

She must listen or she will break. Her tree needs to be stripped and prepared for winter. But she can’t embrace winter until she lets go of fall. Like a tree, a woman can’t carry the weight of two seasons simultaneously. In the violent struggle of trying, she’ll miss every bit of joy each season promises to bring.

No release isn’t stealing a thing from her. From me. Or from you. Release  brings with it the gift of peace. The beautiful, bare winter branch can now receive its snow. When we release in peace, we signal we’re now ready to receive. Receive what’s next. Receive what’s best. Receive what’s meant for this season, right now.

I hope this fall, you’re able to recognize the reminders around you to release your burdens to God and prepare yourself to receive from Him.

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Autumn is a great reminder to assess our life, as well as enjoy the season!

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Enjoy your autumn!!

Also, just because fall is my favorite season, I’ve gathered up a few fun posts to help you make the most of autumn and enjoy the season 🙂

Activities

7 Family Friendly Fun Fall Activities

5 Summer Activities You Should Be Doing in the Fall

Kids

5 Fun Fall Food Ideas for Kids

Simple Fall Wreath for Kids

Fall Kids Crafts

Home Decor

Top 5 Leaf Crafts

DIY Fall Hoop Wreath

DIY Preppy Pumpkin

Fall Decor Printables

3 Home Decor Pieces for Fall

Recipes: Food

Rustic Apple Cake

Homemade Apple Butter

Apple Harvest Muffins

Healthy Apple Crisp

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Muffins

Frosted Maple Cookies

Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

Recipes: Drinks

Quick and Easy Apple Cider

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Caramel Apple Cider

More Fall Round-up Posts!

15 Ways to Enjoy Nature During the Fall Season

(Everything Apples!) How to Feed Your Fall Apple Addiction

 

Check out my Autumn board on Pinterest for lots more fun ideas for fall!

 

 

Autumn is a great reminder to assess our life, as well as enjoy the season!

8 thoughts on “All Things Autumn!

  1. I haven’t read the Best Yes, but this post makes me want to grab a copy! Fall really is a time for letting go, for releasing our hold on things meant to be left behind, and for looking forward to a new season. Thanks for this!

    1. Thanks for reading, Cassie! Yes, I’d definitely recommend The Best Yes. I actually started out thinking I wouldn’t like it, and then I really loved it! It’s worth the read.

  2. Such a great reminder-‘Autumn reminds us of the beauty of letting go.” I’ll be honest that I struggle with ‘letting go’ of summer. I just love it so much and I don’t enjoy the cold of Autumn and Winter, but I know that there is a season for everything and there is a reason for those seasons. Blessings to you!

    1. Thanks so much! Yes, I agree. I love warm, so I have a hard time saying goodbye to summer, but I do love the reminders of “a time to everything” that fall brings. I hope you stay warm and can enjoy your fall and winter!

  3. I need to get the Best Yes! I’ve heard so many good things about it. Right now my mom, sisters, and I are going through Lysa’s Uninvited Bible study, it has been different but good. 🙂
    Also, fall is my favorite!

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