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Here in the Valley of the Sun, one hardly notices the changes of the seasons. Sure, we're all greatly relieved when our highs fall below 100. And we laugh at ourselves for shivering when it's 80 degrees outside at night. It is also nice to spend a few moments outside and say HELLO to the neighbor or enjoy some of the plantings outside our home. Other than that, it's a hardly noticeable change.

Perhaps it is easier for others but for me, the seasons have come and gone the last three years without my hardly noticing, that is, until forced to act upon the dates appearing on the calendar. Holiday dates that creep up on you, eg Halloween last night... Thanksgiving and Christmas soon on the way.

I guess my point is that I find myself needing to be more aware of that here in Arizona. My biggest clue to changing of the seasons is what Michael's craft store is selling out front. My daughter's school had to 'make' fall leaves out of colored paper (it was quite a wonderful effect, too, as they had them scattered around the auditorium floor).

My other thought is that often new seasons clue us in to make changes in our lives, y'know the old reap and harvest rituals. While we may be far removed from that lifestyle, we can still use these changes to our advantage. For us, the cooler weather can energize us and give that much-needed spring to our step. How wonderful to take even just a few minutes out on the patio and look up at that big, beautiful blue sky. Be inspired to make a change, to work on eliminating a bad habit by replacing it with a healthier one. And remember Him who gives us these changing seasons, and makes all things new again. Let us garner that strength of faith and move forward, today.

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