I look forward to autumn, when the summer season has officially closed. And each fall, I honestly can say, I find more reasons for falling in love with fall.
As a child I loved the fall crafts such as gathering maple leaves to iron between wax paper, and as an adult I love to browse the newest fall fashion home decor displayed in department stores. Lately, in the darker hours of early morning, I’m drawn to God’s goodness, seeking out fall scriptures to reflect on.
(You’ll see my 5 bible verses for fall to reflect on at the end of this post.)
This September, I found another reason for falling in love with fall – the annual Harvest Festival at a heritage site close to my home. From watching a threshing demonstration to enjoying an authentic Ukrainian meal, and hearing about the humble conditions these first settlers farmed, I learned the importance of a harvest festival that celebrates a bounty of food after a hard-working season of sowing.
We saw thriving cornstalks, beet leaves, and poppy fields. However, among all the bounty, we also saw green pumpkins harvested early, likely due to a disease that pumpkins are vulnerable to, especially when planted in the same spot year after year.
Sometimes even among the plentiful, something does not thrive. Sometimes things are not working out like we want, making it harder to be grateful for the many things that are working out in our lives.
Negativity can creep in, and we no longer see the blessings in the season we are in.
For example, a failed crop, a loss of a dream, or an unexpected misfortune can switch our attitude from gratitude to grumbling.
The negative experience, often from something we cannot control, can influence our attitude, and steal our joy of the season.
The good news is we can overcome our negativity by shifting our attitude.
A grateful attitude is the remedy to overcome any negativity that creeps in.
When we intentionally look for the bounty of blessings around us, we shift our focus to gratitude.
3 Questions to help you with falling in love with fall (or any season you are in).
1. What are things in nature you can enjoy only in this season?
Each season has its own nuances and traditions. In most places, the fall season opens up activities that we can experience when the air becomes cooler, and the skies darken earlier. Only in fall does chlorophyll production slow so leaves can show their true colours to eventually beautify the sidewalks and trails we walk. The sun set earlier, allowing us to star gaze in the early evening hours.
2. What festivals and special celebrations can you enjoy only in this season?
Fall has an abundant of celebrations and activities that include harvest festivals, pumpkin growing contests, and, of course, Thanksgiving. What special activities does your community offer in the fall season? Make a plan with loved ones, and start a new fall tradition you can look forward to every year.
3. What do you love about fall or any other season? What are your reasons for falling in love with fall or any other season?
Make a list of things you love about fall and then create a list for each season. Having a list of what we love, and what we are grateful for in each season helps us through those moments when our mind begins to focus on the negative.
It’s not always easy to acknowledge the good things in our lives, so having a list to reference helps us to re-focus on gratitude.
Seasonal gratitude is important for our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Gratitude overall is good for our well-being and can bring positive long-term change beyond the season we are in.
5 Bible Verses for Fall To Reflect On
Our bibles provide a bountiful supply of scriptures for fall to reflect on. Filling with God’s word is another way to switch our attitude to gratitude whenever we find our thoughts focusing on something gone wrong. Through His words, we gather the good harvest only He can provide that fulfills all our needs.
5 Bible Verses for fall to reflect on:
Psalm 85:12: “The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.”
Joel 2:23: “Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for He has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.”
2 Corinthians 9:10-11: “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
James 5:7-8: “Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”
1 Timothy 4:4-5: “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.”
Do you need a reminder to help you stay grateful this season? I created a banner that helps me. Download, print on white or coloured paper, cut out the letters and leaves, and string to hang. Or you might want to print on sticker paper; or glue on toothpicks to make a cake topper! It’s also an easy activity to do with young children, too.