Mind, Body, Spirit,  Spiritual Growth

Sweet & Savory Bible Verses for Autumn

I had such a good time curating these seasonal bible verses for autumn! Even here in the Florida heat, I felt a crispness in my focus and lightness in my heart. It’s all due to a potential hurricane forming in the Gulf, but that aside, I’m pumped for high’s in the 80’s and lows in the 60’s later this week! 

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“Fall feelings” might be a good term to describe the mind, body, spirit rejuvenation many of us feel at this change of season.  Autumn encourages a retreat to everything comfy cozy and a heightened focus on connecting with family, friends and neighbors.  Extra pumpkin spice encourages more coffee dates.  Bonfires and seasonal ales draw neighbors together.  Fall is the precursor of love and gratitude leading up to the cheerful holidays around the corner.  After all, gratitude is what leads us to contentment.  

Before we get to the seasonal bible verses, I want to share what fall looks like here on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast.  There’s very few specks of fall color in the leaves.  A tree covered in leaves may have just a handful turn red, yellow or orange and I fall apart in awe! Pumpkins are carved as close to Halloween as possible or we risk them rotting in the sun and attracting ants.  But we do get the most beautiful sunsets that really do change color for the season!

 

Emerald Coast sunset by Rachel Mayew Emerald Coast sunset by Rachel Mayew

Seasonal Bible Verses For Autumn

There are not many specifically seasonal bible verses for autumn, but I did find several that point to the heart of our fall feelings and help us better navigate any season of change. 

Ecclesiastes 3:1

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)

I love this verse in any season because it is a reminder that this too shall pass.  If the current “this” is good, I am prompted to praise and savor.  If instead, my current “this” is the opposite of good, I’m prompted to remember what God has done in past seasons, thank him for seeing me (Genesis 16:13), for going with me and never leaving or forsaking me (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Ecclesiastes 3:1 also reminds me of Psalm 90:12, where we’re taught remembering our days are numbered grows our heart in wisdom.  We take nothing for granted and are wiser for it.

Psalm for Autumn

Though there is no set of verses specifically titled Psalm for Autumn, I find these verses from Psalm 104 to be exceptionally fitting for the abundance, beauty and reverence of the fall season.

“(2) The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent. (14) He makes grass grow for the cattle and plants for people to cultivate – bringing forth food from the earth: (15) wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts. (19) He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down. (33) I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. (34) May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.” (Psalm 104:2, 14-15, 19, 33-34 NIV)

What a beautiful description of how the earth erupts with God’s glory.  I love how these verses connect our human hearts to the earth and all that God provides.  My crunchy mama heart nearly explodes at the mention of oil for our faces! I’m totally claiming this as my Psalm for Autumn. Can I get an “Amen”?

It shortchanges us to limit our view of God’s provision as being for meeting our needs only.  He sustains us and carries us, but also lavishes gifts upon us.  He gives us life abundantly or otherwise stated, he gives us life in full and in excess of our need. Time after time, he one up’s our expectations (Ephesians 3:19-21 TPT – The Passion Translation).

Pausing for praise brings on a cornucopia of fall feelings and gratitude!

Preparation of Gratitude and Celebration

Comfy Cozy

Fall’s dropping temps let us add protective layers of comfy cozy clothing. Food and flavors get more decadent.  We gather around fires, football games, sunsets, and gaze up at a beautiful harvest moon with our kids. And here on the Gulf Coast, we breathe a sigh of relief at the end of November because hurricane season has passed once again.

“That their hearts might be comforted , being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.” (Colossians 2:2 KJV)

God wants this for us year round; to be comforted in sharing his love with others, appreciating what we understand and remaining reverent of the mystery.  He wants us to stay stirred up in love.

When you feel a boost of fall feelings this season, thank God for whatever stirred it and ask him to help you find that resurgence in him, the constant provider of all the good gifts, who never changes like the seasons!

Fall Colors

Though the trees are losing their leaves, they do it with such beauty.  They allow us to savor them in a way that sparks undoubted comfort.  We see they’re passing, but know they’ll return fresh and flowery in a few short seasons.

Leaves in their last celebration create a whimsy of fall color and spark celebration in our souls.  These gorgeous fall colors prep us for colder temps with fewer hours of sunlight.

Fall is the beautiful, crisp middle between the old and new.  It is a rare opportunity for us to fully enjoy a messy middle season of life rather than fret over what’s coming and going.  Maybe this fresh take on life’s seasonal ups and downs is what attracts so many people to the season of fall.

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19 NIV)

It’s important to note that scholars attribute this “new thing” to fulfillment of different promises.  Most believe this to be reminder that God was sending a Messiah who would be a direct connect for people to God.  There were about 700 years between the first prophesy of this Redeemer and Jesus’s birth.  Others attribute this verse to God’s promise to free the Israelites from slavery in Babylon and allow them to return to the Promised Land and rebuild. They were gone for about 70 years in total and had to rebuild their city when they returned.  Either way, we can relate to how God’s timing doesn’t always feel like something is just *poof* springing up but we trust he is always, without fail, making a way and that he is with us every step of the messy seasons in between.  

In the face of fall’s impending change animals store food and prepare hibernation spaces. Farmers gather their fall harvest and we feather our own nests with extra blankets, cultivating comfort in every nook. We settle in and ready ourselves for the next phase.

Reflecting on each of these seasonal bible verses makes me feel completely enveloped in all things fall!

Practice Presence this Season

The leaves’ grace under fire approach should inspire us to find beauty, meaning and presence in our relationships, routine and even our work.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17 ESV)

The beauty and connectivity of the fall season sets a stunning example for us in how to welcome God's steadfast grace and beauty into our own middle seasons of pain and rebirth. Click To Tweet

“The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I always have more than enough.
He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love. His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.
That’s where he restores and revives my life. He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure
and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to his name.
Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.” (Psalm 23:1-4 TPT – The Passion Translation)

I want to be fall when I grow up!

Prayer for Autumn:

God, we praise you for the countless beauties we see in nature. Along with all these things, I know you formed me and created me to live in your presence every day until we meet face to face!

I adore how you use nature to draw our attention to your detailed artistry and great love for us. It is a gift in and of itself. You’re so good that way!

In this middle season, I want to be mindful of how you’ve met my needs in the past. Don’t let me forget how once you’ve met my needs, you keep going! You over pour and saturate my entire being with love, joy and hope so that I may comfort and encourage others. I know this season and the issues I face within it will be no different.

Like the earth, let me be a reflection of you as I draw close to the sweet people you’ve placed in my life. May the meditations of my heart and the words of my mouth be pleasing to you. Knit us together in your love as we give thanks for all you have done and continue to do in our hearts.

What sparks your Fall Feelings? How do those things point back to God? Can you see him calling you closer through every big and little thing? I’d love to hear your heart on this! And even more, so would he!

Resources:

Sweet & Savory Bible Verses for Autumn ~ Rachel Mayew Devotion & Prayer for Seasons of Change. #rachelmayew #psalmforautumn #bibleversesforautumn #comfycozy #fallfeelings #ecclesiastes31 #autumn #devotions
Sweet & Savory Bible Verses for Autumn ~ Rachel Mayew Devotion & Prayer for Seasons of Change. #rachelmayew #psalmforautumn #bibleversesforautumn #comfycozy #fallfeelings #ecclesiastes31 #autumn #devotions

10 Comments

  • Sarah @ Freedom is Hers

    This is so lovely!!!!!

    I hope everything is okay since that blasted hurricane. I saw you said NW Florida, so I had to ask.

    We are in Atlanta and only got a fair amount of rain and wind. BUT, the good part was that FALL temperatures came on Michael’s coattails. 🙂 We slept with our windows open and I’m actually wearing a sweater inside the house. These verses are perfectly time. 🙂

    • admin

      Yes, we were originally in the cone, but were far enough west of the eye when Michael actually made landfall to just get light Tropical Storm level rain and wind.
      And oh, yes! Kids went back to school Friday after being out 3 days for the storm. I put them in hoodies and shewed them out for quiet coffee on the porch. It was glorious! Now that roads are being cleared our town is rallying supplies and volunteers to help our neighbors. Glad you guys were safe, too! Happy fall.

    • admin

      Thanks, Aryn! At the time I was writing that article, I had no idea the devastation Michael would bring. We were far enough west to only experience light tropical storm winds and rain. Those to our immediate east are in my constant prayers. The devastation is unbelievable but I know God uses us to rally & bind up wounds for those in times of unimaginable need. We are not meant to do this life alone. Not in our highest or lowest points!

  • Christine

    Fall is the doorstep to seasonal change and the impending holiday season. It is also the season I dig my heals into as summer is where I find bliss. We all have the propensity to dig our heals in with certain changes God brings about in our lives. You did a beautiful job capturing the joy that can come with change even when it’s unwanted.

    • admin

      Thank you, Christine. I know it must pain him when we believe we are on our own for any reason. Our feelings aside, I know he is a very real help in times of trouble no matter how big or small. Autumn seems to be a great time to our renew our trust in his sovereignty!

  • Hillary

    I enjoyed your writing very much, and, like many people, autumn is my favorite season, so the choice of topic was cozy and delightful. I also know just what you mean about living in a warmer environment. I used to live in Phoenix – a city also know for its abundant beautiful sunsets and where we, too, had to wait to carve pumpkins in the heat.

    Your first two paragraphs really pull in your readers, and your writing is lyrical. It is a beautiful piece rich in imagery that reminds us of our Heavenly Father. Thank you!

    • admin

      Thanks for your kind words, Hillary! It is pretty cool how the warmer climate pushes us to notice other changes in nature. Nothing stays the same, even if it isn’t quite as obvious!

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