October Hope Breathers

Remembering God’s Faithfulness

Everything about God is great, vast, incomparable. He never forgets, never fails, never falters, never forfeits His word. To every declaration of promise or prophecy the Lord has exactly adhered, every engagement of covenant or threatening He will make good.” ~ A.W. Pink

β€œThere is more safety with Christ in the tempest than without Christ in the calmest waters.” ~ Alexander Grosse

The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you today and every day. He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.” ~ St. Francis de Sales

“In the darkest hour, when I cannot breathe
Fear is on my chest, the weight of the world on me
Everything is crashing down, everything I had known
When I wonder if I’m all alone

I remember, I remember
You have always been faithful to me
I remember, I remember
Even when my own eyes could not see
You were there, always there…”

Nature Retreat

“The natural world provides humanity with untold gifts.
It cleans water, pollinates plants and provides
pharmaceuticals, among others.
Thirty trillion dollars worth of services,
scot-free to humanity, every year.”

E. O. Wilson

Pollinators Are Important

I loved going to this pollinator plot. Sometimes we don’t realize the impact pollinators have on our environment. And it inspires me to be a pollinator of love and kindness in this world. πŸ™‚






Did you know that squirrels stash away so many nuts that they forget where some of them are hidden? These forgotten nuts often grow into trees, meaning they play a role in conserving our ecosystem!

 “The squirrels hoard nuts
and the bee gathers honey,
without knowing what they do,
and they are thus provided for
without selfishness or disgrace.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

39 thoughts on “October Hope Breathers

  1. Just so beautifully encouraging: all of this, Trudy. The quotes, the stunning photos, how God reveals His love and care to us through nature and our ability to become His channels of blessings also. And that song: thank You, Jesus, for continually reminding us of Your Word to us!

    May God now bless you too – you truly are already a pollinator of love and kindness right here via this blog as every heart you touch becomes God’s touch of love and kindness in this big wide world. May God bring more and more hearts here to be refreshed and become His refreshing to others and may these visitors bless and pray for you too.

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    • When I read your comment, tears flood my eyes, Anna. Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words and prayers. God knew I needed it. I’ve been in a discouraging slump, but He reminds me through you that even these tiny seeds with no crashing sound can grow silently through His power and to His honor. (I love that image and message your friend sent you!) May God give us grace to scatter the seeds of His love wherever we go and to believe in His power to change and heal!

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      • Love and hugs! God always knows just what we need, doesn’t He? Amen to your precious and beautiful prayer and may we see His transformation and healing come to us also, as He simultaneously transforms and heals others around us. So thankful to God for you xoxo

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  2. Trudy, you have so beautifully reminded us that there is no creature too small or insignificant that they can’t make a difference in God’s kingdom. When we are feeling down, may we remind ourselves that God has created us to be unique, caring, and willing to use our gifts to His glory.
    Blessings, my friend!

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    • “When we are feeling down, may we remind ourselves that God has created us to be unique, caring, and willing to use our gifts to His glory.” Amen! Blessings to you, too, Martha! I hope you are getting stronger and enjoying the beauty of Autumn. πŸ™‚ May we bloom and spread seeds wherever we are planted, whether in a big field or in just a little patch of ground!

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  3. Hi Trudy!

    Those quotes are great! I especially love the one by Alexander Grosse. I am so thankful that God is with me. I can’t even imaging life without Him!

    Blessings, Jo

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    • I’m so grateful they may have that effect through God’s grace, Linda. God is so faithful. To whom else shall we go, right? It is HE who has the words of eternal life. May we keep clinging to our Savior who so lovingly and tenderly leads us through this journey of life!

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  4. Trudy, I had never thought about being a “pollinator” of love and kindness, but this is such a beautiful thought! I also loved reading about how the squirrels hide so many nuts and forget where they are. The point that struck me most is how even though they forget where they are or even that they hid them, God doesn’t forget, and he uses them to become trees! I am SO thankful you shared this! It made me think of the many seeds we sow throughout life, and even though we may forget about a kind seed we sowed, once the seed is sown, it still goes on to bring forth life and grow into something beautiful. God uses it all for His glory. Only eternity will reveal all that has germinated and grown from the good seeds we have sown in this life. It reminds me of the song, “Faces” by Greater Vision. Have you heard it? I want to share it with you today to encourage you that your labor here on this blog is not in vain. You are making a beautiful difference, and one day, your work will be rewarded. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4OnuWLwi18

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    • Thank you for these beautiful reflections and the song, Cheryl. Such a comforting thought that God doesn’t forget and He continues to grow those hidden seeds into something beautiful for His glory. Thank you for your encouragement! May we keep our hearts focused on God and His power and willingness to make those seeds grow!

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  5. This is so encouraging, Trudy! I love your comments about being a pollinator of love and kindness, and I think that’s what you do here. I always love to see your photos and I appreciate the quotes and song that you shared.

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  6. “And it inspires me to be a pollinator of love and kindness in this world.” So wonderful. What a neat place–a pollinator plot! And interesting about the nuts squirrels hoard that can become trees. I know squirrels can be a bit of nuisance when they start piling nuts in a backyard shed, unfortunately. Or eating out of bird feeders! But I guess we all have ways we may be a “nuisance” sometimes to others. lol! Love all the nature pictures, too. Thank you for bringing beauty to the beginning of my day.

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    • I’m glad it brought beauty to your day, Lynn! It is a neat place! πŸ™‚ I could cross a bridge and walk on the other side of the river, too, where there were more plants and the bike path where I watched ducks and geese. πŸ™‚ So peaceful. I just learned that interesting info about the squirrel. I love watching them this time of year, but yes, I have experienced them being a “nuisance” at the bird feeders as well. πŸ™‚ May we be pollinators of love and kindness in this world!

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  7. Thank you so much for these precious thoughts, Trudy. You know I love the butterflies and the hope they carry with them. But today your thoughts about the pollinators reminded me of a favorite poem called “Wild Honey.” I’m going to try to send it to you. Thanks for stirring my memory! Blessings, Love, And hugs to you!

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  8. Trudy, there’s so much good in here. I love that song by Lauren Daigle. And each of the quotes you shared at the beginning of your post spoke to my heart. AND, the idea of being a pollinator of love? I LOVE it! Your words always encourage, my friend. Sending you love, hugs, and blessings!

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    • I’m so glad you were encouraged, Jeanne. Love, hugs, and blessings to you, too! I read your first devotion today. What a beautiful family practice to teach your boys! May we learn more and more to seek God’s fingerprints in our days no matter how tough some days may be!

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    • You’re welcome, Aritha. πŸ™‚ God bless you, too! I just checked out your site. And I found out I can translate it into English. πŸ™‚ Your nature photos are so refreshing! Those squirrels are so cute! May we open our hearts to be in awe of our Creator!

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  9. Good evening, Trudy! I am behind on practically everything, including visiting blogs and writing comments. I’m always happy when I get to read one of your posts, though, and especially this month because I have never heard that Lauren Daigle song before and I love it! This quote by Alexander Grosse is so profound and comforting: β€œThere is more safety with Christ in the tempest than without Christ in the calmest waters.” Love and hugs, friend.

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    • I just recently found that song and I love it, too! And yes, that quote is truly comforting. Love and hugs to you, too, Lois! May we remember always God’s faithfulness and goodness to us even when our eyes can’t see He is with us!

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