5 Best Non-Pumpkin Things About Fall

Changing seasons and fall’s glory displayed. Another miracle given to us as a gift from our Creator. I’ll admit I’ve been walking and driving around, saying “oh” as I have a visual feast on the multi-colored beauty.

Fall at Chicago Botanic Garden

Fall at Chicago Botanic Garden

To celebrate this season of color and cool, here are my top 5 non-pumpkin things I love about fall. How about you? Share yours with us as a comment below. Then let’s take time to say thanks to God.

5. Cool nights, warm days.
Relief from summer’s constant high temps. Respite before winter’s constant low temps.

4. Excitement as baseball season concludes.
Even though I’m not a Cubs fan, I am enjoying the thrill of the competition this year. And, Cardinals, looking for you to be at the top in 2017!

3. Apples and apple cider.
When is the last time you smelled an apple orchard? My sister Barb and I went apple picking together this year ― the first time we’ve ever done that together ― and actually picked our Fuji apples from the trees. As I was reaching for my apples, I noticed that only a few of them are perfectly shaped. Most of them have bumps, irregular curves, a duller red color. Many are small. But the proof is in the taste, right? And each one has had a distinctive flavor and texture. One more demonstration of our God’s creativity!
 
2. Walking in the leaves.
As the leaves make their way off the trees and onto the ground, swishing through the piles and feeling the cool breeze on my face is heavenly. Remember jumping in leaf piles when you were a kid? Dad did all the work, and we had all the fun!

"Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding" (Isaiah 40:28).

"Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding" (Isaiah 40:28).

1. This poem God gave me to capture a glimpse of fall’s drama.

Senescence

This is the red season
when passing breezes
call crimson from inside green.

This is the season of orange fullness
swelling beyond the late harvest.

This is the golden season
dripping across arms
bedecked and reaching
bearing the remainder of budding.

This is the bittersweet season
when becoming and relinquishing
blend in mystic union.

Boundaries slip along the skyline
flowing into forgotten crevices.
Call the falling bits of treasure.
Form the grayness from forgotten hues.

Fall in West Virginia (Photo by LarryDavisPhotography.com)

Fall in West Virginia (Photo by LarryDavisPhotography.com)


Laura Warfel is a widow, writer, and follower of Jesus Christ. Her greatest joy is to bring others along with her on her faith journey. In 2015, because of the encouragement of the Launch Out Conference and Jon Acuff, she launched More Than A Widow on Facebook and Twitter. Today she blogs, tweets, and posts to help widows (and those who know them) find encouragement, hope, and resources for the journey. Her goal is to help all widows live beyond the label and live as more than a widow.
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