The Master Painter

We get some spectacular displays of evening color from up on our hill. Isn't this sunset gorgeous? The clear days yield the best show of colors. They also bring cold evenings. I do not like hot weather, preferring the colder days of autumn. But even so, I am tempted to say something like, "It's so cold!" Negativity seems to come easily to my lips. I hate that. As I mentioned before, I want to cultivate a grateful attitude.

The cold weather is a good thing. The frost brings an end to the miserable allergies that plague my husband and my son. It also eliminates the pesky bugs that flit around when we try to sit on the porch and enjoy the views.

So, thank You, Lord, for the cold weather. Help me to take a breath before I speak so I don't say something to fill a void. (The lull in a conversation usually isn't as long as it feels.)

"And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way," (Colossians 3:15, MSG).