When October came, late buds on our rose bush faced an uphill battle to bloom before the weather turned. Some were barely formed, others beginning to show color. Two or three began to open.

“Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.” — Psalm 136:26



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What are the qualities that others see in you that you are most proud of? That might be the kind of question you could expect at a job interview, but probably not something that you think upon often.

As fall begins, the days grow shorter, the weather grows colder, and many of us begin to count the days on our calendar.  We count the days for pumpkin spice to take over our favorite coffee shop. We count the days until Christmas. Sometimes we even count the days until next summer. 

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