I took the above pictures today. Our trees have really started changing color in the last few week or so. We've got two Tamaracks, which are pine trees that actually lose their needles in fall. In winter, they look dead; but in spring, new growth emerges and during the summer they are a beautiful light green shade. But to my amazement, their needles actually change color prior to falling off! The background picture and the picture in the lower right hand corner are pictures of our Tamaracks. I don't know why I'm so mesmerized by them . . . I wasn't expecting their needles to change color . . . I thought they'd just stay green and fall off. But here they are, changing into a beautiful golden shade right before my very own eyes!
This is our first fall at the acreage. We officially began our journey to purchase this place just over a year ago, in mid-September 2006. After many inspections of the house, septic system, water supply, furnace, etc. and the final sale of our old home, we made this place ours and moved in on December 20, 2006. It's hard to believe that it's been a whole year since we began dreaming of owning this place. Once again, God proved to be faithful and answered our prayers with a resounding "YES" and has blessed us with this amazing place.
I could just sit and cry over how much this acreage has blessed us. The timing for everything was perfect. It was God's timing, not ours. And while, at the time I was impatient for the logistics of buying this place to be worked out, God knew what we needed and when we needed it. Our place, which once was just potentially ours, is now our home. It is a home where we give and receive love. It is a home where we sense God's presence through nature. It is a home where new found freedoms can be explored and developed. It is a home of safety and security. It is a home where God's love and faithfulness abounds.
Great is Thy Faithfulness
words by Thomas O. Chisholm
music by William M. Runyan
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
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