But as much as I love autumn (#autumnbliss is a favorite hashtag), I'm still mourning the end of summer. Summer was full of fun and traveling and sunshine and tan lines (that only stay visible for a couple weeks max when you're as pale as I am) and smiles and memories, and I'm not sure I'm ready to let that go.
There's nothing like a last hoorah to finish out a great summer though. And this year it was a beach trip/family visit combo. Not only did I get to spend a handful of sunny days in the Outer Banks with some great friends, but I got to make a marathon of a road trip (read: one fifteen-hour-drive day and two eight-hour-drive days for the return with only two days in between) to meet my brand new, oh-so-lovely, week-old niece. Playing in the waves and lounging by the pool can only be improved by snuggling a sweet new little one a couple days later. It was maybe the best week of events ever.
|Beach days with my crew!|
Amid the hectic travel schedule, this fall is bringing new opportunities to learn and grow. Last night marked the beginning of a new Bible study my ladies group is doing for the next several weeks that promises to be a challenge in all the best ways. There are books to be read, people to learn to love better, places to visit, and obstacles to embrace. Last week I was reading in the book of Philippians, and found these words to be encouraging and a good reminder as I look forward to the busyness of the days set before me:
"...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6No matter how crazy things get or how much I might feel like I'm not making any progress, I can have assurance that my Lord is not done with me yet. I can hope in expectant confidence that every day is one day closer to the day I will be complete in Christ. I'm so much looking forward to that day!
So here's to the sun setting on a beautiful summer and the start of a delightful autumn.
|Nothing beats a sunset over the water.|