A Change of Seasons
October 28, 2020

My husband, Brandon Patterson, wrote a wonderful article that I wanted to share.” – Danyale Patterson

As you can tell by the current weather, we are officially into the Fall season. Fall has always been my favorite time of the year.  It is a time when things begin to cool down from the hot summer months, and we trade in our shorts and swimsuits for our favorite jeans and flannel shirts.  We trade our hot and humid outdoor barbecues, for roasted smores and hotdogs over bonfires on cool nights.

When I look back at all the great things about Fall, one thing stands out to me the most about this season, and that is CHANGE.  Phenomenal changes occur during this time every year.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 states, “For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…  Unfortunately for some of us, the changes I mentioned earlier as being wonderful, aren’t so great to others.  Not everyone likes the cooler weather, family get-togethers, or raking up fallen leaves – no matter what color they are.  Just like we can’t control the changing of the seasons, some of you right now are facing things that are beyond your control.  And as a result, you have started to feel depression or sadness, anger, or frustration, worry, or discontent.  But I want you to find and see the beauty in the changes that are at hand – whatever they might be for you and your family.

The Bible says in Romans 12:3 to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind“.  In other words, if you change the way you think to line up with God’s plans for your life, you can change your reality and become the person God created you to be. You can become a person who sees life’s changes as blessings from God, and not curses. My friends – the most powerful way for any of us to have a positive heart change about life – including all its changes and twists and turns — is to simply surrender our hearts to Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the Creator of change – especially heart change.  He is the author of transformation, and He is the conqueror of trials and tribulations.  His love can transform the hardest heart, and the toughest of situations.  2 Corinthians 5:17 states, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”



“Lord, you are great, powerful, glorious, splendid, and majestic.  Everything in heaven and earth is yours. You are king – the supreme ruler over all.  No one can measure the wealth and wisdom and knowledge of you.  Sometimes I don’t like or even understand the many changes that I must endure, but I do trust in you Jesus.  Please give me the strength to accept your perfect will.  Help me to remember that you love me and know what’s best for me.  Continue to transform me from the inside out.  I am yours.  In Jesus’ name – Amen.”



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