Fall: A Time of Quiet Reflection

Ahh, the fall. I can honestly say that spring and fall are my favorite times of the year. Springtime because everything is coming alive. Plants are blossoming and showing off their wonderful colors. Such beauty and of course it leads us into the hustle and bustle of the summer months that are filled with activities.

Then there’s the fall. Everything begins to slow down. Life becomes quieter. Life, all of a sudden, is not so busy, at least not for me. It seems like tranquility sets in. A calming effects seems to take over and I can honestly say, my spirit man is quieter. It’s that time of the year where I honestly feel closer to God. In that place of peace. Fall, for me, is so spiritual. It’s that tranquil space where it’s easier for me to connect with God. Rightly so. It’s the busyness of life that seems to distract us and take us away from that quiet, meditative state. I find that in the fall, I reconnect with that quiet state and can sense God’s presence even more.

Fall is a time where I reflect the most and contemplate my heart issues and evaluate where I’m at; where I’m going. It’s a time where I dare to dream of new beginnings. But most of all, it’s a time where I am able to meditate on the goodness of God and am most grateful for the person of the Holy Spirit.

In your quiet time this fall, think about your lifestyle goals for the coming year: where you are at right now and where you would like to go. Think about the things you’ve struggled with, dragging them along with you year after year. Think about the things you need to leave behind. Think about what you want to achieve and how you can make that happen.

For years, I struggled with letting go of sugar. This was an area of my life that the Holy Spirit worked overtime with me on to help me to let it go. Sugar is my “cocaine.” It is the one thing that puts my healthy eating habits at risk. I recently finished a 21 day Daniel fast. After the fast, I was strengthened to make a decision that sugar would no lo