Autumn Devotional for September

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by Lisa M. Prysock

It’s a new season my friends.  We’re heading into autumn and the leaves are turning yellow gold, rich plum and apple red.  Cooler temperatures are settling upon us.  Soon we’ll be donning our sweaters and trading our flip flops and sandals for boots.  Pretty containers of mums in shades of lavender, yellow, and burgundy beckon us to plant them in our gardens or decorate our front porches.  I can almost smell the warm, delightful scents of apple cider and pumpkin pie.  

 Autumn 

It’s also a new season for us spiritually as we turn our hearts toward thanksgiving for what we have been able to harvest in our lives.  We are thankful to the Lord for giving the farmers in our country a harvest to help us put food on the table, and for giving each of us a means of living, but especially for allowing us to participate in His harvest of souls.   

Wait, stop right there, you might say.  You might be thinking you’re not doing anything for the Kingdom of God.  Maybe you don’t teach a Sunday school class and perhaps you’re not on the missions committee, but do you pray for others every chance you get?  He hears your prayers.  Do you go to church and give Him praise every chance you get?  Your presence is encouraging someone else.  Your praise is overflowing into the very throne room of our Father.  Do you give to others even if it’s some clothing you don’t wear anymore, a few cans or boxes of food for the food bank, or a Christian book you’re done reading?  Do you put a tithe or an offering in the plate at your church?  You’re helping keep the doors of God’s church open so others can hear the Word of the Lord being preached.   

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That dollar bill you gave the homeless fellow on the street corner when nobody was looking, heaven recorded.  Did you get up today, go to work, clean the house, prepare a meal for yourself or your family, pay the bills, help Johnny with his homework, tend to the chores and daily responsibilities of life?  Your efforts probably touched someone’s life today, even if it was only a smile you offered when you passed your neighbor collecting the mail from the mailbox.  Maybe you didn’t see anyone in person today, but perhaps you gave a like this week to one or more friend’s post on Facebook and in so doing, you encouraged that person.  Did you whisper a prayer of thanks recently to the Lord?  The Lord smiled upon your gratitude and the kindness you showed to others this week.  Are you sharing a few Scriptures with your friends and family on Facebook now and then?  That’s an encouragement and a Godly example.  It’s also a witness of your commitment to the Lord. 

No matter if you only did a few of these or all of the, God sees your efforts.  Did you ever burst out in dancing, clapping, or with a song of praise unto Him in your kitchen or while you were cleaning the house?  It’s a new season and I’m hearing blessing, victory, and good things are in store for those who are His, for you, and for me.  The verse I’m hearing is also a song in my heart.  May it also be yours today and all through this season, for both of us–: 

To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. O clap your hands all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. Psalm 47:1, KJV 

Let us prepare our hearts for the good things He is about to do through each of us and in the earth, and the wonderful things He has done for us and with us.  The English Standard Version says:  Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!  I hope we each have a great week and enter this new season with thanksgiving and great joy.  Thank you for being here today and reading this post.  I’d love to hear back from you.  Leave me a comment if this devotional encouraged you in some way or inspired you in this new season.  Blessings friends!

(Photos above in this blog post courtesy of Pixabay)

Author Biography 

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock is an award-winning, bestselling, Christian and inspirational author of 14 novels.  She was born in Minnesota; raised in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio as a child; and as an adult, has lived in Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio again, and Florida, before settling in beautiful, rural Kentucky near many horse farms in the countryside bordering Louisville.  She and her husband of more than 20 years chose to make their home in Kentucky where the rich heritage, scenic area, local culture and history, along with her faith, are a constant source of inspiration for many of Lisa’s books.  Together, they have five children, grown.   

Lisa writes in the genres of both Historical Christian Romance and Contemporary Christian Romance novels, including a multi-author Western Christian Romance series, “Whispers in Wyoming.”  She is also the author of a devotional.  She enjoys sharing her faith in Jesus through her writing. 

She has many interests, but a few of these include gardening, cooking, sketching, painting, arts and crafts, sewing, crochet, cross stitch, scrapbooking, reading, singing, dancing, swimming, biking, and walking.  She loves dollhouses, cats, horses, butterflies, hats, boots, flip-flops, espadrilles, chocolate, coffee, tea, chocolate, the colors peach and purple, and everything old-fashioned.  She adopted the slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl” because of her love for classic, traditional, and old-fashioned everything.  When she isn’t writing, she can sometimes be found teaching herself piano and violin, but humorously finds the process “a bit slow and painful.”  Lisa enjoys working with the children and youth in her local church creating human videos and plays or programs incorporating her love for inspirational dance.  A few of her favorite authors include Jane Austen, Lucy Maude Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.  You’ll find “food, fashion, fun, and faith” in Lisa’s novels.  Sometimes she includes her own illustrations in her books. 

She continues the joy and adventure of her writing journey as a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and LCW (Louisville Christian Writers).  Lisa’s books are clean and wholesome, inspirational, romantic, and family oriented.  She gives a generous portion of the proceeds to missions.    

You can find out more about this author at www.LisaPrysock.com where you’ll find free recipes, devotionals, author video interviews and book trailers, giveaways, blog posts, and much more, including an invitation to sign up for her free newsletter. 

Links to Connect with Lisa: 

https://www.facebook.com/LisaMPrysock 

https://twitter.com/LPrysock  

www.LisaPrysock.com    

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00J6MBC64  

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lisa-m-prysock 

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  1. SARAH TAYLOR

     /  September 27, 2018

    Thank you so much Lisa for this wonderful devotional I needed to read this it has so blessed my Soul! God Bless you My Friend!

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