When the Autumn colours began to riot over the hillsides, I took a ride to take in all the beauty. I did this last year although I don’t think the variation in the hues were as beautiful. As I drove, I thought, “What other things do I do year after year and day after day?”
There are a couple of special things that I get to do only once every four years. Joe and I got engaged on February 29 and so it is a special day for us – every four years. This year was our 8th celebration which translates into 32 years.
Another event, that happens only once every four years, is the opportunity to vote for the President of the United States. It is both a privilege and a responsibility. This year, all of the choices are important and require prayer.
Year after year with the beautiful Autumn comes the fall! Each year there are so many leaves from the big Oak trees in our yard and the neighbor’s that require mulching or burning. It is a bitter-sweet activity as I know I am preparing for the Winter and colder weather. On a happier note, I get to wear boots and sweaters which I like a lot!
Annually, I prepare for Christmas and spend many happy hours thinking of the greatest gift of all, the amazing Baby in a manger that grew up, just like we do, and became the One who put the upside down world right again. Even more amazing, He redeemed each of us and when we embrace His gift, we are restored to the Kingdom. It is also a time to reflect on my loved ones and to choose carefully gifts that will delight and encourage. Last year, I made books for the children.
Another annual event is the Autumn Assembly of Prayer in Branson. We pray, hear wonderful teaching, and connect with friends from around the world. It is this week and I am anticipating it with joy.
Month after month, I pay bills. Enough said.
Day after day, I straighten up the house, cook meals, make the bed, get ready for the day, have a quiet time, do laundry, blog, work, to to church, and enjoy friends and family.
As I reflect on all of the things that I do over and over again, there is a comfort in the repetition but it is the serendipitous moments of the totally unexpected that bring delight and laughter spicing my life with joy. Come to think of it, I have been there and done that before too!