Waving farewell to another month, I rejoice in a glance back at my September Savoring joining Heather Gerwing as she hosts a monthly feature called, Share Four Somethings, where writers share the fourth Saturday of each month something in each of four categories from the previous month.
Many readers notice I choose a theme for each month, which often reflects lessons or themes from my personal life. This month’s theme is “savoring”, which intimates pleasant lingering, or reflection. My reflections on this month involve learning to savor God’s goodness in the everyday.
Each month the four categories remain the same: something loved, something gleaned, something braved (or saved), and something achieved.
The premise delights me; the new categories falling right in line with my one word 2022 journey with Resilience! Looking back over the previous month through these four categories helps me linger with God’s goodness, and ignites my gratitude.
A wonderful opportunity for supporting a worthy cause kicks off my September Savoring with a delightful fundraiser. My husband and I both work for non-profit organizations. My regular readers know I work at a non-profit hospice, and my husband works for Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development.
Scheiber Center for Pediatric Development is a nationally recognized pediatric facility, providing family-centered education and therapy programs for infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities, developmental delays, and acquired injuries.
Our youngest daughter benefitted from their services while a child with a severe illness, and we love their mission! As a non-profit, they host many fundraising events over the course of the year, but their biggest event is the Annual Rubber Duckie Race held in September.
Donors purchase rubber duckies in various quantities, which are then dumped by a huge crane into a local river to race toward a finish line.
Fun activities for the whole family, but obviously geared toward kids, fill the day and the big race ends the day with more prizes and fun. We purchased a whole “flock” in Grace’s name and proudly displayed our team sign!
This month had me savoring a well written and thought provoking post by blogger friend, Barbara Lee Harper, who blogs at Stray Thoughts. Her post entitled, “Passive or Pursuing?” expounded on the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23, but especially on the character trait of meekness, as also referenced in 1 Timothy 6:11.
In his first letter to Timothy, Paul admonishes Timothy to pursue meekness.
Barb invited her readers to consider while the Fruit of the Spirit is certainly produced and matured by the Holy Spirit, our approach was anything but passive considering Paul’s admonition in 1 Timothy.
Clearly confirming God’s sourcing of the Fruit of the Spirit, Barb commented, “God gives it: we don’t work it up in our own efforts. But in love and obedience, we lay hold of and pursue and cooperate with the Spirit’s working in our lives.”
Take the time to read Barb’s post HERE, for her full discussion and six great ways to follow after the fruit of the Spirit in your own life!
September Savoring’s Something Braved arrived in braving our first night alone putting my three year old granddaughter Grace to bed without mama.
Grace has suffered a form of separation anxiety since her birth, preventing us from holding, or babysitting her for the first two plus years of her life. A single mom, my daughter was unable to benefit from much help from us to give her a break, or time out of the home.
Through Early Intervention help and patience, we all worked together to enable my husband and I to finally start picking her up from pre-school, and staying with her in her home for short periods of time successfully.
When the opportunity arose to help my daughter with a work commitment involving an afternoon, evening and bedtime, we agreed with no little trepidation.
Despite our hesitation, Grace had a wonderful time with her Pops and Gigi. We played, laughed, and had the best conversations; and when bedtime came, she snuggled in without any anxiety at her mama’s absence.
Still savoring the delight of that evening, we have hope of many more!
Welcoming my favorite season of Autumn as part of my September Savoring, I thoroughly enjoyed getting all of my autumn decor out in early September! Definitely Something Achieved for me, as finding time to pack up spring/summer decor, and unpack autumn’s generally takes most of the month of September.
But this year, thanks to my Something Achieved last spring, in organizing my seasonal decor, I am able to enjoy my favorite season almost a month longer via my decorations!
Though my outdoor flower pots need their autumn update, and a visit to the local farm market is in the offing for some pumpkins, I can happily say autumn has officially arrived in my home!
september savoring: share four somethings
Thank you for taking a leisurely walk back through my September Savoring with me! I am grateful to Heather for creating such a creative way to review the moments of our days which often slip by so quickly. Sharing Four Somethings is a way to savor one more time those things we loved, gleaned, braved and achieved!
But you don’t have to be a writer or blogger to enjoy this practice. Why not take a few moments and think back over YOUR September Savoring and share four somethings with me in the comments! Meet me back here at the end of October for more joyful somethings!