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Welcome to October!

Today's calendar reads "Monday, October 3rd, 2011". Umm, what?!?! It's already October?? Anyone else a little surprised by the rapidity of this year's passing?

Beginning a new month often leads me to think about what has taken place in the previous month. For our family, September was pretty eventful! And praise the Lord, He was faithful to bless us and sustain us through each and every moment of September.

My son had just begun his freshman year of college when we received a text message telling us he had ruptured his Achilles tendon on his left leg. OUCH!! Since he was in a brand new community 12 hours from home, and is on a campus that doesn't allow freshmen to have cars, I loaded up a rental car and my youngest daughter's homeschool work and headed northeast for Gage's surgery. He did fine and has been making a terrific recovery, praise the Lord. Soon I returned home to Wichita, Kansas and to life as "normal" (whatever that means).

Shortly thereafter, my youngest daughter took a tumble off the scooter and broke her arm. Weekly trips to the orthopod to monitor the progress of the bone regrowth have followed and she has adapted to life in a cast and sling. To her dismay, my expectations for her penmanship to steadily improve have not waned with the addition of the cast. After all, it's her left arm that's broken and she is a righty - progressively neater handwriting is still the requirement!

My husband received an unexpected promotion at work, and it has come with much longer work days as he "learns" how to do his new job while on-the-job. He has even faced some issues that have not occured in 35 years! Nothing like hitting a problem head-on your first week on the job, but there is REALLY nothing like it when the problem is a once-in-a-few-decades type of problem! He is walking in God's grace daily, and is grateful the Lord blessed him with this new position.

We decided to kill off the Bermuda grass that took over our fescue lawn during our record-setting hot summer, and that has been a pretty large scale project. After finishing our daily school work (which has been full academically this fall) the girls and I would head outdoors to work on the yard. Spraying, raking, pulling Bermuda "vines" by hand...and then into the house to shower and have a late dinner. Day after day of this continued through the entire month of September, and finally on the 1st of October, we were ready to reseed! Now we're watering watering watering, and anxiously awaiting lovely green sprouts.

Of course, my family life in September contained some wonderful blessings. Our youth group ended a terrific study on the Book of John, my oldest daughter celebrated her 17th birthday, and some dear friends announced they will be moving back to Kansas in the near future! The Lord is indeed very good, and it's good for me to recount His faithfulness during the more difficult moments in life as well as His goodness to us as He blesses us daily.

Some verses I wrote down in my journal during the month of September include:

Psalm 94:18 ~ When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O Lord, supported me.

Romans 8:6b ~ But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace.

1 Corinthians 15:58 ~ Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain,

Joshua 3:10 ~ Today you will know that the Living God is among you.

Lamentations 3:25 ~ The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.

My prayer for you is that this October will be a month full of rich blessing and God's comfort in whatever you may face. Continually draw near to Him, and wait expectantly to see how He works all things out for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Let the joy of the Lord be your strength every single day!

Day 120 done :)

Jan L. Burt


  1. Either these verses are for me or the Lord is speaking to me thru your verses ~ either way, i'm appreciative. :)


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