It’s Fall, Y’all

Fall is one of my favorite seasons! So, in honor of the start of this new season, allow me to share a couple fall-ish thoughts, favorite things, and ideas with you!

There are so many things about fall that I love- from all things pumpkin to the crisp cool air and changing leaves. Living in Florida means summers are real, real hot and by the time August comes around I am ready to start feeling the cooler weather- unfortunately we have to wait until almost November until it cools down into nice breezy and chilly weather, but when September rolls around, fall decorations go up and pumpkin bread is in the oven! There is just something about coming home after a long day and lighting those delightful candles, putting on your favorite sweater, and watching a movie or reading a book while snacking on some fresh baked pumpkin bread that makes a heart full of all the warm and fuzzy feelings!

“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” -Elizabeth Lawrence

Take some time to cuddle up in your favorite cardigan and blanket with a cup of tea and reflect as we enter this new season. Maybe you just entered or will be entering a new season of your life. Maybe you can reflect on all of the times God has protected you from harm. Maybe you can reflect on the many blessings that are in your life. I encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day and pause, watch the leaves turn.

“The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go”.

Fall is a perfect representation of what change looks like, one day the trees are bright green, and you start to notice a yellowed leaf fall to the ground here and there, and before you know it the trees have changed their color. What about you, how have you changed? What do you need to let go of? What are the dead things in your life? I encourage you to embrace fall, not only the fun fall activities but also allowing yourself to let the dead things go in your life.

Happy Fall, Apostolic girl!

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Voices of This World

Dear fellow Apostolic Girl,

We live in a world that tells you, as a woman, that to be feminine means to not submit to authority, that to dress like a woman makes you look weak, that when you become a wife and mother, and take care of your household, that you give up your independence, future, and opportunities.

This is my second entry as an Apostolic Girl blogger, and I want to tell you that you are powerful, that in your submission you are crowned with glory and anointing, and that you are beautiful. And in this world that tries to tell you otherwise, I admonish you to guard your mind and your heart. Jeremiah 17:9 says “the heart is deceitful above all else, who can know it?”

When you do not guard your heart, you make yourself susceptible to the influence of this carnal and sinful world. As some of you may have experienced in your past, this is a dangerous and vulnerable place to be. The principalities of this world will try and make you believe that you are treated unfairly, that you shouldn’t have to submit or be humble, that you deserve recognition for all of your accomplishments and acts of service. Thoughts and attitudes like these will begin to poison and darken your heart.

In contrast, submission and humility are exactly what we should strive for. God sees your private devotion and servant-hood.  He walks with you in every journey or path you take. When you submit, HE sees. When you are humble, HE sees. When you serve the kingdom of God without recognition, HE sees.

There are so many voices in this world. And sometimes it can be hard to discern God’s. The most dangerous of these voices are the false ones that come from within the church. Those in whom you trust, that are giving you misguided direction. You will only be able to discern the voice of God if you build a relationship with Him. When you get to know Him, His voice, His thoughts.

You must be careful about what you open your mind to. Whether it be movies, books, or even educations that can lead you astray. Pray for your mind. Pray for your heart. Pray for the armor of God to be utilized every morning before you walk out your door. For without it, you are walking into the world without spiritual protection. Know that you are crowned with glory. That you are anointed and powerful. Do not let the voices of the world take that away.

Disney may say to “Follow Your Heart.”  But, please don’t. The heart will deceive you. The heart will make you feel emotions that are not of the Lord. Follow the Holy spirit that lives inside of you. The one that will guide you in the right direction. The voice that will speak clarity to you in the midst of the fog. Who are you allowing to speak into your life?

 

Bethany Marsh