LOOKING BACK  By Lori A Alicea

There’s a new season upon us; can you see it?

The announcement is heard without a single word ever spoken as the leaves have changed into their fall clothes.USE fall leaves

Mums are in full bloom, radiating a bouquet of every color.

Little kids and big kids honoring their inner child are picking out those pumpkins to decorate.

Or being tempted by the warm smell of cloves and cinnamon escaping the pumpkin pie from where it bakes in the kitchen oven.

Chilly mornings beg a knitted sweater and the air is as crisp as the apples waiting their turn to be picked.USE apple ayva (2)

Yes, the fall season has welcomed itself into the neighborhood, with summer waving good-by from the rear view mirror.

As I flip to the October calendar for the 61st time, I’m consistently reminded of the beauty of change God created the seasons of life to be, when He left behind this wisdom thru the effervescent splashes of fall.USE fall leaves

Author John Maxwell reminds us…

Change is inevitable.
Growth is optional.

How do we handle change?

Are we growing in fall beauty with change?

Every day is a continual going forward…USE train all looking forward

While the eyes of our heart tempt a look back every so often, longing for the days of old.

Looking back you notice your age through the ever changing faces of children who call you mom, and grandchildren pulling my heartstrings with Gaga.

Looking back, you hold on tight to the scrapbooks of those traditions your adult children have invited you to share with your grandchildren.

You keep telling yourself the first day of school will get easier next year, but the yellow bus where those sparkling eyes and smiles peer at you from the window keeps taking them further from home in their growing up.

Looking back you’re thankful for the overflowing bushel of fruitfulness and faithfulness of God, evident in another generation of your legacy.

Looking back you celebrate the mother – daughter relationship and reflections of the other mirrored in her daily life…

Passing on down the nurturing ways of a mother to her daughter; from generation to generation.

Yes, life is a continual going forward…

With no going back however many times the beating heart longs for yesterday.

Though wanted back are those years of babies and toddlers you rocked in the night and snuggled on your lap during the day; grandchildren who have grown at such a pace I can barely keep up with them.

Looking back you’re thankful for love which radiates from your children’s eyes; an evening sunset glaring through the windows of their soul.

Because the generation before them and after is filling up a family library of stories the legacy beyond them will read.

Looking back will always cause you to remember then and now …

God was the same yesterday, today and forever.

So we can trust Him with our today’s and tomorrows yet to come.

We can’t forget and must tell our children and grandchildren the wonderful deeds He has done.

God is our faithful companion for the journey.

He knows the way and leads the way for us to follow.

Yes, we can look back from the rear view mirror of our life but for a moment…

We can remember the days of yesterday and hold them close in our hand for a moment, but loosely…

As the train is always moving forward, bringing us new joys to capture if we’re faced in the right direction of life to see them.

USE train allNever forgetting…
Yesterday’s currency of our life has already been spent.
Tomorrows resources have yet to be placed into our account.

But today’s bank account of living is ready for memories.

No turning back.

USE looking back train ethan

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Author Lori A Alicea and her beloved husband David of 29 years thank you for sharing a moment of your day with them at Apples of Gold Encouragement. It is their desire you experience their heart for family, love, encouragement and God through the words God has put on Lori’s heart to write. They are hopeful you discover a few treasures of encouragement, realizing we all share common threads in our lives. Be blessed in your day.

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