october things, and joy

filed under: I Am Servant on October 18, 2014

I have a thing for sunrises.  There is something entirely magical and majestic about a kaleidoscope sky growing in intensity and whose light is ablaze against the dark tree skyline.

October Sunrise

With the water being balmy compared to the air in these cooler fall days, there is an etherial fog that lingers until the sun starts warming.

October Sunrise


Sunrises.  Pink streaked skies. Enveloping morning mists.

There is something to be said about nature and my relationship to God.  It is humbling to see the stunning beauty that is (seemingly) effortlessly created day after day, all to the delight and enchantment of this grateful servant.

October Pond

As the day progresses and the demand of little people and tasks forces my focus away from Him, I am so thankful for the reminders.

The afternoon sky glowing bright with cyan hues reflecting perfectly against the leafy pond.

October Fields

Autumn.  One of the things that keeps my heart endeared here, in Minnesota.  I get lost in the colors, the Grand Design.

October Ponds

Indebted to a hard working husband and a generous Savior, I have never known peace and contentment like I do here, on our land and home.

So many things have changed for me in the last 30 days, and all of them being significant life changes.  Those changes that shift a perspective or a alter a view of the way I am.

I have never felt such joy and peace in growth. Life is beautiful, even if it isn’t.

Some of it comes from a desire to change, but most of it comes from a God eager to help me follow His will.

October Puppy

The little things, the small business that keeps a day flowing, they bring contentment.  My puppy Dodger (an actual puppy no more, but his small size allows the description to fly) enjoying the sun in the middle of a dying forest.  He feels it too, I know.  The joy.

October Sunset

With dinner done and kids starting their nighttime routine, the sun makes her way below the tree tops.

That last few minutes of her descent, where every last ray is reaching into the shadows, that is my favorite.

It’s a forgiveness for every falter.  It’s a reminder to seek her out in the morning.

I just have to say, thank you.  Thank you for new friends.  Thank you for one of the most beautiful autumn transitions I can remember in years.  Thank you for loving teachers and mailmen and pastors.  Thank you for family who didn’t choose me, but makes the best of it.  Thank you to my patient and accepting and exceptional  husband.

Thank you for the grace of a Heavenly Father.

Praying (it is my greatest wish) that you too feel the love and joy and peace that only He can give.

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  • sue/the view from great island says:

    Thanks for sharing all this beauty this morning, Amanda…it’s a wonderful world 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      You are exactly right. Hope your day is blessed! 🙂

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says:

    Girl you are truly blessed. Being surrounded by nature and the glory of God at every single turn from the sky to the trees is just spectacular!

    • Amanda says:

      And new friends!!! 🙂 Love you!

  • connie Gregory says:

    Thank you for sharing so freely, it’s not something to be for granted!!! Love your place!! It speaks renewal and refreshment!!!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!! 🙂

  • Charlotte Moore says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!!! Enjoyed reading too. GOD is Faithful.

    • Amanda says:

      Amen! 🙂 Be blessed!

  • Lia says:

    Love. God’s beauty is truly amazing. Thank you for the reminder.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Lia!

  • Jan C. says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Just what I needed today.

    • Amanda says:

      Glad there was something that spoke to you Jan. Be blessed!

  • Patricia B. says:

    Absolutely beautiful pictures, take on life, and the way you love the Lord! An inspiration to all :):)

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you! Blessings!

  • Stacy says:

    Seriously your pictures look like you are on my neighbor’s land! your first couple pictures are the view i have across the road! Lovely

    • Amanda says:

      Are you in Minnesota?

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