"Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ..." ... Ephesians 5:20
Oh my. Ours was a Friday so Fall-golden, warm and silent that just its memory will strengthen me like a hug from God in mid-snowy-Winter.
Friday was our final such day. Weather people warned us ahead that Saturday and beyond there'd be snowflakes, so we held Friday closer than if we hadn't known. I sat on our front steps and soaked within its sunny perfection after I'd mowed over thousands of yellow leaves and hung up laundry outside one last time.
Nothing on this planet could have been better than Friday and I felt determined to not allow one moment to pass unappreciated.
Unforgettable hours! Yet also, a record-long Autumn, over. And you know? The conviction came to memorize this day for later pondering, but also, to remember every day from God is precious, not just dance-worthy glowing ones nor only the biggies like soon-coming Thanksgiving. But rather, all.
Even when they bring something we didn't want or understand, each God Day is a worthy gift. Those are the days which provide opportunities to become stronger, less rattled by Life-to-come, no matter what the circumstances.
Because now we know Him better since we needed Him more.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." ... Philippians 4:6
So when we moved to Hobbit Cottage, the bathroom had a towel ring which fell off the wall whenever you actually dried your hands. So I placed a new hand towel upon it and told everyone, "Don't use this."
Well, it only took me five years to buy a different towel ring and attach it firmly to the wall. (Good grief. I'm trying not to be upset with myself for this type of procrastination and lack of imagination, but there's been just so much of it.)
Anyway, here's the new towel ring which blends nicely with my quasi-France-like bathroom:
Pretty, right? It's made of cast iron (one of my favorite substances, ever, because it just is) and came from Etsy.
Oh, and I'm slowly rebuilding my apron collection so I bought this handmade one for just .99 cents at Ebay ($2.50 shipping)--
Aprons. Some of us understand their wonder.
Oh, and one last thing. Over at Facebook yesterday I shared these Bible verses from Isaiah chapters 8 and 41. I found them encouraging--perhaps you will, also.
"You are not to say, 'It is a conspiracy!' In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, And you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it."
'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God-- I will strengthen you..."