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Updated: Jan 23

31 Days of Practicing Faith

In October, I am free writing for five minutes a day—raw and unedited—on practicing faith in the every day. Each day is based on a different prompt from 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

{Day 12} - Sky

I've been trying to pinpoint what about fall brings me such joy. Who doesn't love jumping in piles of leaves, corn mazes and hay rides, apple picking, and all things pumpkin? But that's not it. Even if I don't do any of the typical fall activities, there is a calm that seems to come over my soul this time of year. That first morning that I step out the door and feel that familiar crispness in the air, I just breathe out an audible sigh of relief. I was sitting on my front porch trying to write this weekend. It was the first day that required a sweater and I just had to be outside. I balanced my laptop on the small table in front of me and pulled the blanket up around me. I kept trying to focus on the words I was supposed to be writing but my eyes kept wandering off to the horizon. The sky was clear blue with not a cloud in sight. The sun was shining bright, beaming down a permeating warmth that allowed me to pull back the blanket. I realized how unique the fall sky is. The summer sky can be cruel, the sun beating down so that we retreat inside. The winter sky so often is so often full of ominous clouds, threatening to send down piercing ice. But the fall sky is warm, clear, kind. After a brutal summer there is the fall sky beckoning us back outdoors. The warm and clear blue reminds me of the kindness of God when He brings us peace in the harsh seasons of life. The sun may be beating down on us but He is the cool, crisp breeze that sends peace into our weary souls.


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