October Observations

October Observations

October observations has me welcoming a new grandbaby and celebrating our wedding anniversary. Observing God’s faithfulness in October prepares me to enter the coming season of Thanksgiving with a full and grateful heart. I want to be intentional in remembering the Lord’s goodness!

October observations has me joining Share Four Somethings in 2022. Share Four Somethings has four categories for reflection: something loved, something gleaned, something braved (or saved), and something achieved.

Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday

October Observations – Something Loved

October observations has us rallying around family members to celebrate milestones.

First, we joined my two sisters-in-law for Sunday lunch to celebrate a birthday. Woohoo!

Second, we welcomed a new grandbaby to the family. My son and his wife had a precious baby girl. We sent a few baby gifts via Amazon as they live out-of-state, but we look forward to meeting this sweet little girl next month at a family wedding.

It is a joy to celebrate “birth” days whether that birthday is decades in the making or our first hours upon the earth.

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar.” ~Psalm 139:1-2 NASB

“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thinks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depts. Of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.” ~Psalm 139:13-16 NASB

Prayer Garden
Prayer Garden

October Observations – Something Gleaned

October observations has us celebrating 35 years of marriage. We officially celebrated our anniversary in August when my husband did CERT training in Galveston, and I tagged along to enjoy the beach. However, we wanted to pull aside for our anniversary in October, so we chose to visit the prayer sculpture garden in Kerrville.

"Empty Cross" Sculpture
“Empty Cross” Sculpture

The Coming King sculpture prayer garden is laid out in a cross with a seventy-seven-foot tall “Empty Cross” located in the top section of the garden. Besides the “Empty Cross” there are multiple brass sculptures located throughout the garden. We enjoyed the beauty of the garden, the spectacular hilltop views, and the excellent craftsmanship of the sculptures.

Bronze Sculpture of Jesus
Bronze Sculpture of Jesus

The greatest highlight of our visit was the Lord’s Presence. The Lord was gracious to refresh us in His Presence. We were able to pray individually and as a couple, and the Lord was kind enough to strengthen and encourage our hearts as we drew aside to meet with Him in the garden. My something gleaned – there is nothing that ministers to the depth of my heart more than His sweet Presence.

Note: If you are interested in visiting the Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden, it is located: 520 Benson Drive, Kerrville, Texas. Year-round visitation 7 am to midnight; free of charge.

Called to Reign
Called to Reign

October Observations – Something Saved

Our church is finishing an 8-week series on the Restful Life. We have been reading Leif Hetland’s book, Called to Reign: Living and Loving from a Place of Rest. Here are a few great quotes I saved.

“When you get to know the Father’s heart, you realize that He sees everyone according to their destiny rather than their past.” ~Leif Hetland

“We are on a journey of learning how to host the presence of God. You don’t have to be a thermometer that measures the temperature in the room; you can be a thermostat that changes it. As a son or daughter who has spent time in the Father’s presence, you bring His presence into the lives of people around you.” ~Leif Hetland

Eden’s Blueprint – “The way God’s kingdom works is that what you have received, you can be; what you have become, you can multiply; and that you multiply, you can have dominion over.

You have authority over what you become and over what you love.

Because you receive, you become, and because you become, you can multiply and have authority. That was the blueprint from the beginning.” ~Leif Hetland

“We are united in a covenant of love and intimacy. We gaze at His face. We hear His voice from a place of love. Love begins to motivate us to do what we see the Father doing. Only from identity and intimacy do we begin to realize the inheritance we have.” ~Leif Hetland

“The orphan spirit always feels insufficient and thinks that something more must be done. The lie is that there is a higher or better identity than being a son or daughter of the Most High. But there isn’t. That is as high as it gets. That’s our identity. Everything else is an assignment.” ~Leif Hetland

“In order to be about the Father’s business, you must be rooted and grounded in love, knowing who you are and whose you are.” ~Leif Hetland

“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love.” ~Ephesians 3:17 NASB

“We look up, what is up comes into us, what is in us comes out of us, and what comes out moves us forward.” ~Leif Hetland

“If you don’t know how much you are loved, you will have hidden core areas in your soul that love has not touched.” ~Leif Hetland

“When we get a revelation of who we are and whose we are, we have no desire to return to anything else.” ~Leif Hetland

Intentional Pursuit of Gods Presence
Intentional Pursuit of God’s Presence

October Observations – Something Achieved

Something achieved joins in unity with something gleaned to celebrate growing in relationship. Our 35 years of marriage are a testimony of God’s grace to two human souls. Our love is deeper because of both the valleys and mountain top experiences we have shared together as a couple.

I’m deeply grateful and humbled by the Lord’s bountiful love and abounding grace extended to us. I’m grateful for love, being cherished, and the joys we have shared together through the years. And I’m humbled by the valleys, trials and challenges we have endured together. The scars show we are weathered, and though there are pools of unshed tears in our eyes because of some of the trials, there is a smile upon our lips because we know our times are in His hands and that He works all things together for our good because we love Him.

I’m prayerful for the coming years – for the grace to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength; the grace to love, serve and honor each other as unto the Lord – a living, fragrant offering of love – while we live here on the earth. May the Lord help us to live a life of love from a whole heart by the power of His Holy Spirit.

Blessed by God of Peace
Blessed by God of Peace

The Lord Bless You

Thank you for joining me in Share Four Somethings for October Observations. I look forward to hearing your observations through what you have loved, gleaned, braved (or saved), and achieved this wonderful month of October.

My prayer is for the Lord to bless you today.

“May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 WEB

Recommendations:

September Scenes – Strength with Dignity

August’s Amazing Activities – Strength with Dignity

References:

New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB 1995), copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

World English Bible (WEB) by Public Domain. The name “World English Bible” is trademarked.

I’m linking up with the Share Four Somethings community through the linkup found here: HeatherGerwing.com #sharefoursomethings

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12 thoughts on “October Observations”

  1. Happy Anniversary, Lisa! 35 years is a real milestone! My husband and I will celebrate 37 years on 12/12/22. Congratulations on your new granddaughter, I know you can’t wait to hold that little one! The Scripture Garden sounds so lovely, what a blessing you could linger there together! Celebrating the many blessings of October with you!!

    1. Thanks, Kym, we are looking forward to meeting our new granddaughter at an upcoming wedding. I really have enjoyed Leif Hetland’s book.

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