I Caught ‘Em Last Autumn when Fall Fell, Part 1

Fall is “so so last season”. Actually, as of today, it is “so two seasons ago”. (Please read that in your best ‘hoity-toity’ voice.) But now that Spring has officially sprung, I can’t believe I have yet to share these photos with you. I caught ’em last autumn when fall fell. I’m way behind, I know!

I’m hoping you might enjoy these pictures even more now, than if I had been timely in posting them. Sometimes we are happy to see something other than our current reality. Isn’t that why Christmas in July is such a popular thing?

Well, anyway… I hope God’s past creativity brings a smile to your face today. Here we go!

I Caught ‘Em Last Autumn when Fall Fell, Part 1

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“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you – you of little faith!”

Luke 12:27, 28

Thank you, my friends, for indulging me. My first Fall in this quaint mountain town was so beautiful! I can’t believe how different these photos look from the what I am seeing in these same locations today!

God is an incredible artist! This will be a three part mini-series. I hope to see you next time for “I Caught Em Last Autumn when Fall Fell, Part 2”.


Wisdom for the Week March 19, 2023

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Photo of the forest with 1 Peter 2:9 overlaid
We get to walk in His wonderful, beautiful light!

Are You Still Coming?

I read a story that went like this:

“There was a young mom with three small children whose husband was out of town. The phone rang. What a relief to hear a cheerful voice asking how she was. “Well,” she said, “the baby is sick, the dishwasher just broke, laundry is a mile high, and there are Cheerios all over the floor.”

“Don’t you worry,” the caller said. “I am coming right over. I’ll clean the kitchen, do the laundry, and take the kids to the park while you take a nap. And how is Tom?”

“Tom?” the mother asked. “My husband’s name is Jack.”

Silence. The caller said, “Oh, I must have the wrong number.”

Silence again. Then with a small little voice the young mother asked, “But are you still coming?”

Oh, my goodness, I can relate! Can you? It has been several years since my children were small, but I well remember the feeling of overwhelm.

Maybe I remember it well because I still feel it. My hurdles are different now, but they are still here. No matter what stage of life you’re in, I’ll bet the problems of this world weigh on you too.

And you know what? Help is on the way!

But just like the story above, the offer is contingent upon our association with a name. It is the name above all names. Jesus.

He told His disciples He’d be back. He promised help, relief, and hope. He would right every wrong and avenge all injustice.

“‘Do not let your hearts be troubled… My house has many rooms… I am going there to prepare a place for you… I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

John 14:1a, 2a, 3

It has been a long time since then. It is easy to get discouraged. Our hearts cry out to Him, “Are you still coming?”

The late Pastor Chuck Smith used to say he preferred cloudy days. He would look up into the sky and marvel. When asked why, he exclaimed Jesus was coming back for His people and would meet them in the clouds. “It could be today”, Pastor Chuck would say.

“Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.”

1 Thessalonians 4:17

Help is coming. But we don’t have to wait for His physical arrival. He will help us right here, right now! What is it you need?

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”

Psalm 46:1

Feel free to refer to my previous post, May the Source Be with You, for just a few of the resources available to us, as God’s children. Of course, it bears repeating; the name with which you are connected matters. Have you accepted God’s offer of adoption?

“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”

Ephesians 1:5

For now, the days pass, the problems persist, and relief seems distant. But help has been promised to the children of God, and one thing we know for certain is that God always keeps His Word. He will help us today. And when we wonder if Jesus is still coming, we can rest assured that He is.

For more on becoming a child of God, you may want to read The Gospel in a Nutshell. It contains the heart of the Good News. If you still have questions, feel free to connect with me via the Contact page above, or in the Comments section below.


Wisdom for the Week March 12, 2023

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Can we join David in His sentiment that one day spent with our Creator would be better than a thousand anywhere else?

May the Source Be with You

“Oh, I have my sources!” Have you said that? In what context?

It is a sentence we use when we’d rather not to divulge how we know something. We use it to protect a secret source of information or a confidential informant. I have mostly used the sentiment in fun, but I’m sure it can be serious as well.

Today I want to reveal a source. Luckily, this source wants to be known. You can tap into this one any time, day or night.

God is my Source:
Source of Joy (Psalm 43:4)
Source of Salvation (Acts 4:12)
Source of Wisdom (James 1:5)
Source of Hope (Romans 15:13)
Source of Peace (Romans 15:33)
Source of Strength (Psalm 73:26)
Source of Patience (Colossians 1:11)
Source of Encouragement (Romans 15:5)

May the Source be with you!

God is our Source of life. He has every resource we could ever need. The above list is just a sampling of what He offers. Have you met with Him today?

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”

2 Peter 1:3

This post was inspired by some years-old notes I found from a sermon given by Pastor Chuck Wysong at Life Community Church.

Collaborations Devotions

Pruning the Ark, a Re-Post worth reading!

Oh, my friends, I’m so excited! I was catching up on some blogs I follow, using WordPress Reader. I came across one by Rev. Mitch Todd, and boy was it timely!

I’ve been thinking and writing about the importance of letting God be God. I want to be content sitting shotgun, making room for Him in the driver’s seat of my life. I want to quit jumping behind the wheel when I think I have a better plan.

Mitch wrote about this very thing, but from a different perspective. He has given me permission to repost his article. I strongly encourage you to visit and follow his blog, “Weekly Devotion” where he consistently hits home with thought-provoking truths.

This was his article last week. It is certainly a re-post worth reading! Enjoy…

Pruning the Ark

Animals entering the ark

Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark.

Genesis 7:15

If I’d been Noah, I might have been tempted to do a little creative editing to the ship’s manifesto.

Snakes, scorpions, and mosquitoes: That is just the beginning of a long list of creatures that I might have been tempted to leave off the ark. When God wasn’t looking, I’d have kicked the hyenas out. I’d definitely have tried to omit the skunk.

See what I’m saying? This would have been the perfect opportunity to do a little weeding out of some of the peskier creatures. That didn’t happen. We still have lions and tigers and bears.

Here’s the thing — if I did do a little pruning down of God’s creation, I would be no better than those revelers dancing in the rain. I would have been choosing my way over God’s way.

This story of the flood is a lot of things. It can be confusing to understand why God would destroy nearly all life. I think the purpose of the story, however, is actually to show God’s enduring love of God’s creation. God takes great pains to ensure that life would continue, even when humanity had sunk so low in its depravity.

In Genesis, God says this: “But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark” (Genesis 6:18a)

God is not washing God’s hands of the world — God is saving the world, and reestablishing a covenant with Noah, one that had almost been forgotten. This was the covenant made with Abraham, a promise of unending love and relationship. And, judging by the crazy collection of life upon that ark, God was making a covenant with all of life. Even with the cockroaches.

See, I wouldn’t have been so magnanimous. I would have been tempted to tame the wildness of creation, to make it fit my needs and my comfort. I would have tried to remake the world in my image.

Noah was a wiser man than I. He practiced obedience in his response to God’s strange commands. He was willing to do what seemed to be a most illogical thing, collecting such a menagerie. He must have known something I don’t always remember:

God knows best.

I’ll admit, I struggle with those three words sometimes. I get thinking I know best, forgetting that sometimes we’re called to do things we don’t want to do because they are part of a larger picture that we can’t fully see.

It’s not just obedience that Noah displayed, it was faith. Faith that God is on the scene, gently (and sometimes not-so-gently) working to give new life to life itself.

If you find yourself being tugged in a direction that doesn’t fully make sense, try to look at the situation through God’s eyes. Instead of forcing things to your own comfort, allow yourself to be a little uncomfortable for the sake of God’s covenant and great purpose.

Left to my own devices, I confess I would have gotten rid of bats and spiders, never realizing…

they both eat mosquitoes.

Have a great week,


People, animals, and a rainbow.

Relatable, right? I’ve long said I want to ask God why He created cockroaches. And to think the population was down to only 2, which Noah could have easily squished. I confess with Mitch; I would have been tempted. But I also agree with those three formidable words, “God knows best.”

Please visit Mitch’s blog and follow him if you’d like. I have been following for awhile and have been challenged in many ways. Here is the link, one more time –

Thank you, Mitch, for letting me share your post. I pray you keep writing and pointing out truth in the beautiful way God shows it to you. Pruning the Ark is a post worth reading. And re-reading. Blessings to you from the Back Porch.