By Kelly Wise Valdes

Growing up and living in Florida, our autumns are obviously a bit different from other northern areas of the country. Yes, our weather may cool off a tad, but we normally don’t have the red and orange leaves, crisp air and the true changing of season. However, many of our churches and communities embrace Florida’s fall season and celebrate this special time of year with fall festivals, pumpkin patches and good old-fashioned corn-mazes. I’m looking forward to unpacking warmer clothing, hot cocoa, harvest moons, roasting marshmallows over a fire and best of all—football season. Autumn is a pure mixture of nostalgia, blessings and potential. Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Let’s celebrate God’s blessing this fall season.

Seasons Of The Lord
By Herbert Lockyer

In these Bible-based meditations, the message God resonates through the seasons to the hearts and souls of Christians. This book leads readers through prayer and illustrations as multicolored as the leaves of autumn and as spiritually refreshing as the first day of spring.

Spiritual Seasons
By Debbie Schmid

Flowers bloom. Plants grow. Leaves change color. Snow falls. Just as the seasons change bringing periods of both sunshine and storms, so do our Christian lives. Often overwhelmed by problems, we search for solutions and ways to weather the storms. By turning to God’s Word, we can find the only completely reliable answers for life’s challenges.

A Season Of Grace: Embracing God’s Gifts In The Autumn Of Our Lives
By Carolyn Bassett

Every season of life is filled with God’s grace, but the aging process can cause believers to lose sight of the gifts that God offers each day. This book of seventy-five reflections can help older adults to remember all that God is doing in the “autumn” times of their lives.

The Changing Seasons
By Joyce A. Louther

Understanding the seasons of God will change your perspective and attitude about the seasons of God. When you understand the seasons you will not lose heart, faint or quit; you will have a greater appreciation of the purpose for each season. You will learn the characteristics and preparation needed for each season. This book is written to encourage and strengthen you no matter what season of God you find yourself in.

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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.