This Month...(October)

Pleasant October. This month, I got back into the Word. I love Scripture. It moves me to tears, whether from joy or pure awe of God’s majesty. Scripture is God breathed; every word is purposeful and not meant to lead you to confusion. If you find reading Scripture alone challenging I recommend reading with others. Share your insight with a trusted friend or a group from your church and explore God’s word together.

I’ve been wanting to write a blog post on why I read scripture, but my reasons change every day. I read it when I’m miserable, when I’m happy, when I’m feeling hopeless or hopeful, when I want to encourage a friend, or when I no longer have any words left to say. It’s my anchor when I need to be reminded of God’s promises; I seek His word first when I need encouragement; when I need to remember the truth.

I like to take my time with Scripture. Sometimes I focus on one verse a day. Other times I jump from book to book. God knows what I need for that day, whether it’s planting seeds for something that will grow in the future or it’s the watering of something that’s been planted in me. I allow it to take root in my heart to bear fruit to encourage others.

Scripture literally spells out how to make life easier for yourself and others. For instance, I struggle with anxiety and it’s a pain to deal with every day. Then I read Scripture and it’s filled with verse after verse telling us not to worry, don’t be anxious, don’t fret; it encourages me to know that it is possible to live without worry. Those are the promises I keep engraved in my heart and I’m currently in the process of surrendering the anxiety to God, daily.

A cool adventure my husband and I went on this month was visiting Fort Wadsworth with our church. It was a beautiful exploration. I love to imagine the people who walked on the same ground and the strategic planning that took place. A lot of brilliant minds resided in that place.

We arrived during foliage week so I mostly focused my camera on those areas.

This year I am really looking forward to the holiday season. I feel warmer in my heart this year. I’m more grateful and patient; taking in the blessings of each day and marveling at the beauty of the day.

This Month... is a monthly confession of areas I am growing in, things that are currently inspiring me, or places I visited. Follow me on Instagram @tomyunderstanding for daily encouragement.


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