September 19, 2021

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:3 (ESV) 

I love the fall. I love watching leaves turn colors, trees when they lose their leaves, days getting shorter, air getting cooler, wearing cool weather clothes, and eating foods like soup that I associate with cooler weather. I have a willow oak tree in my front yard that allows me to watch all this change happen. In fall the willow oak lights up in bright color, then gradually it loses the leaves and becomes bare pexels marta wave 5875870during the winter, but it will not be dead. It is still soaking up nutrients through its roots as it stands quietly and still, waiting for spring when it will bear its “fruit” again and provide shade and coolness during the heat of the summer. 

Just like the tree with brightly colored leaves, there is a sweet spot in fall. This spot is between the irregular days of summer that were filled with activities we enjoy in times of longer sunshine, and the busyness of baking, shopping, gathering, celebrating and travel that takes place during the winter holiday season. When the fall routines have been established and the days are cooler, it is a time of quiet. This quiet is a time when I enjoy spending extended time with God to nourish my mind and spirit. I am like the tree planted by streams of water (God’s Word, Holy Spirit, praise music) that yields its fruit in its season….

In your times of quiet, how do you nourish yourself spiritually?  What kinds of things do you take in to keep yourself healthy and ready to produce fruit in your season?

Janine Henning, Instructor, Roseville, CA

Lee Ann PostmaJanine has been an instructor with Body & Soul® since 1991. She is certified to teach Cardio Strength & Flexibility™, Power Strength™, FIT360™ and Gold™ classes. Her motto is "Together we can move toward fitness."