Cooler temperatures, the changing colors of the leaves, and the smell of pumpkin and cinnamon in the air can only mean one thing; fall has arrived. The best season of the year according to me.

The summer months are long and hot here in the south, and it never fails that by the time August comes around, I have a countdown for the start of the fall season on my phone. I can’t wait for the hottest months of the year to end. We may not get an immediate respite from the warmer weather, but we can usually count on cooler mornings and nights. That thought alone always gives me a little extra joy.

My favorite fall tradition is going to the mountains of North Carolina and enjoying apple picking with my husband. We appreciate the harvest season to the fullest by going out into the trees, climbing, and picking our own apples. We leave with a basket full of apples, bellies full of apple cider donuts, and contentment in our hearts.

Galatians 6:9 says,

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Fall is a season of harvest, so it’s good to be reminded that we always reap what we sow. Just as the hot summer days tend to drag on, sometimes we can get discouraged and wonder if the seeds we plant will ever sprout. We can experiences times when our constant prayer and diligence never seem to come to proper fruition in our lives and it feels like we’ll never see the real blessings of our efforts. Fall promises us that harvest day is coming, so we have to continue our good work!