Reflections by the Sea: October – The Coastland Times

Reflections by the sea: October

Posted 4:11 p.m. Thursday, October 6, 2022

By Betsy Ore Glass

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart has confidence in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps with joy and I will thank him by singing. – Psalm 28:7 NIV

October is a wonderful time to be at the beach in my opinion. The days are shorter, the nights are cooler. Goldenrod is in full bloom with its mustard-colored flowers sprouting wild here and there. Sea oats look rich in a golden amber hue as they ripple back and forth over the dunes in the ocean breezes. Salt spray covers everything. Where tourists once sunbathed on summer beaches, large flocks of pelicans and gulls have taken over. It’s sweaty weather most mornings. Pots of seafood chowders and stews are simmered all day for early fall suppers to avoid the evening chill. October is pure joy for me because it’s the only month when everything seems to be perfect.

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For a while, I collected everything I could find with the word “joy” written on it. Tree ornaments, plaques, magnets and more. I use these little messages throughout my home as a daily reminder to stay joyful and not complain or find fault with myself or others. I’ve learned that it doesn’t take much to hold on to the emotion of complaining and grumbling and that it’s a trap the enemy uses to steal our joy. We must be on our guard against this. My favorite definition of joy is “the expression or display of feelings of joy”. Being filled with joy can make us want to do and share good things for those around us. It’s like having a new song inside us. When we can, I think we’re meant to spread our joy outward and see how God uses it to bring about positive changes in our lives and the lives of others.

Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation home in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cabin and introduced the area to their children. Afterwards, Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family often gathered. Join her at [email protected]. To learn more about her new book, Reflections by the Sea, visit betsyoreglass.com.

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