I’ve pretty much sworn off linkups, but the lovely Emily Freeman hosts a fun one each month. She asks her friends to share some of the things they’ve learned, and so I’m joining in the fun!

1. I will miss my weekend day trips to Raleigh.

If you are new to my site, you might be interested in the phone call that changed my summer. My recent Hokie grad is in PT and making good progress, but he’s still unable to drive. Which means I’m still making 8-hour day trips most Fridays and Sundays. Yes, those days are long (and Monday is my “crash” day), but there is NOTHING better than long drives with my kids. Since they’re both fairly chatty like their mama, we have some interesting convos.

And I will seriously miss the beautiful drives through the VA-NC countryside, which include such fun sights as this:

Rt 86 in Caswell County NC

2. To-Do lists can also inspire.

taking notesI don’t know if turning 50 did it to me or if all the blonde highlights have seeped through my scalp and made me ditzy, butI can barely remember anything if I don’t write it down.

I found a bunch of old half-used notepads and decided to write my to-do list on one side and verses on the other. I usually read from a couple of devotionals, plus random assorted verses my friends post.

And while I’m praying, I should probably pray for my Hokies, seeing as how they’re off to another less-than-stellar season. πŸ™

3. Time in the Word makes you timeless.

It’s not every day you get to be in a small group setting with Kay Arthur. We tried to contain our enthusiasm, but it’s clear from the big smiles that Monica and I were quite giddy after our visit with her. In case you wondered, she’s one of the most gracious people you’ll ever meet and she spends time WITH YOU. She doesn’t take herself too seriously, but she does take the Word seriously.

Monica Kay Arthur and me

My sister Monica, Kay Arthur and me

Kay is as passionate as ever, and makes no secret that she’s closing in on her 80th birthday. She quotes from 2 TimothyΒ quite a bit, and you can hear Paul’s sense of urgency in her voice. She’s committed to training up reliable teachers who can be entrusted with the message of the Gospel (2 Tim 2:2). I don’t want to let her OR the Lord down, so I’m studying to show myself approved (2 Tim 2:15)!

4. Sometimes you need a big choir anthem.

Our choir and orchestra performed “The Light of That City” last Sunday, and it was all I could do to stay in my seat. I dare you to watch the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and not get teary.


Is the hair standing up on your arms? I thought so. You’re welcome.

5. He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

This is the “without faith it’s impossible to please God” verse, but theΒ Holy Spirit keeps bringing the last phrase of Hebrews 11:6Β to my mind. Specifically in the King James Version. Not sure whassup with that, but I’ve been mulling it all month long. And diligently seeking Him. I hope you have too!

One more thing: Fall in Virginia means APPLES.

Apple cider, apple butter, apple pie, apple crisp… Enjoy something apple-y today!

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