The Light Fades Sooner Each Night

Autumn in the Desert Southwest is a time for exhalation. The incessant summer heat has passed–and we have survived.

It is as though we have been transported through a window of favor. There is sunshine to smile at not hide from. The Rock Wren’s bounce shouts joy while the Mourning Doves careen on breezes that beckon. Beckon us to begin those projects 110° heat kept us from.

Fall wildflowers grace us with their pink and yellow faces: Amaranth, with its lazy spires, sticky-stemmed Trailing Allionia, and Desert Marigold beaming up at us, delightful as an obedient child.

Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata)
Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata)

Even our landscape plants perk up and look more like their magazine counterparts.

Autumn gives us a break. A release and a remembrance of why we love it here.

But with the pause comes a sense of urgency, a heedfulness, as we note the light fades sooner each night (sunset already?).

We need to take this time to sweep clean anything contrary to the Spirit of Christ that may have crept in over time. Strip off the doubts and worries that cling like stickyweed to the soles of our shoes. Then ask for the strength and determination we need to bestow our complete trust at His feet like a free will offering of old.


Complete trust in God is seeing beyond what is-to what will be.


It is seeing through the haze of the bleached summer sky to behold autumn’s vibrant blue. That intense blue we forgot about but was there all along, like our ever present God waiting to shine in the lives of those who trust Him.

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5

The Light Fades Sooner Night ~ Autumn in the Desert Southwest.


The autumn breezes change tempo each week: first slow, then twirl, then run and LEAP, then slow once more in an ethereal dance of desert glory.


For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;.. Hebrews 3:14





 Abiding in the Vine,

~ Gleniece 




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29 thoughts on “The Light Fades Sooner Each Night

  1. What a beautiful picture you paint…or more literally, write! I love the fall. We used to live in the Fresno, CA area, so I can relate to the hot, 110 degree summers. Autumn was always such a welcome relief!

    Blessings, Joan


    1. Thank you for the kind words, Joan. Yes, fall is my favorite season too. I look forward to it every year.
      God has blessed each of us with something glorious to behold wherever we happen to live.
      Thank you so much for stopping by


  2. That was an amazingly, beautiful description of this season in the desert and trusting God. You have a way with words and it was an encouragement! Be blessed! #IntentionalTuesday


  3. Rhiannon Rae, I’m so glad you enjoyed this. Thank you for the kind words. No matter where we live, God has truly blessed us. Sometimes we just have to look a little harder to see the beauty.
    Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  4. Gleniece, your words highlight fall’s beauty and invite me into its warmth … welcoming in the change of season, letting go of the weeds of summer. Thank you, Gleniece, for sharing your heart at #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )


  5. Beautifully written, Gleneice! Fall is my favorite season here in Ohio, too. And, I also feel that spiritual urgency and energy in fall… Hurry, the spiritual days are shorter, too. Thank you!


  6. Gorgeous! Isn’t our desert a glorious place? Thank you for blessing me with your beautiful post!
    Blessings and smiles,


    1. Hello, Lori! It’s great to have you here. Thank you so much for your kind words.
      Yes, God has blessed us with the unique beauty of this place. Originally from California, it took me a while to appreciate the desert’s subtle charm. I’m thankful God opened my eyes to see it. 🙂


  7. The beauty of God can be seen in so many things and in so many different ways. I love the fall because of the beauty of the trees. I love the spring because everything is coming to life. Summer is beautiful, it’s time for outdoor gatherings. Then winter is beautiful with the pure white snow….sorry I tried to choose one lol!! Blessings


        1. Leola, thank you for the invite. ( I actually checked out your site before you asked. :-))
          I loved your beautiful photography in The Wild Life, and I also felt a similar stirring in your poem in Anxious Moments. Thank you for your heart that longs for the righteousness of God.


  8. This is so beautifully written…and what a lovely reminder to “… take this time to sweep clean anything contrary to the Spirit of Christ that may have crept in over time. Strip off the doubts and worries that cling like stickyweed to the soles of our shoes…”


  9. It’s so great to visit your blog. I love you words, “Complete trust in God is seeing beyond what is-–to what will be.” Beautiful! Here’s to looking in trust at what will be!


    1. How lovely it is to have you here, Valerie. I really appreciate your thoughtful words. It has taken me a long time to lay aside my expectations and fully trust God for the outcome in all things. But the more I have yielded, the more peaceful I have become.
      May we both continue to be trusting sisters-in-Christ!


  10. I love your description of the desert. I live up in Vermont and have never been to the desert, so it was interesting to see the differences in our ideas of fall. Here, instead of coming out from the shade, we are all starting to bundle up and go inside for some hot chocolate. So thanks for taking me someplace warmer for a bit 🙂


    1. I’m so glad you got to experience (at least in writing) a bit of the beauty of the desert. God has blessed each of us with something different to be thankful for. Whether it’s sunshine to smile at or blankets and hot chocolate–it’s all good.
      Thank you, Catherine, for stopping by.

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  11. Hi Gleniece, so good visiting you too! I don’t think I have been to your online home before.
    Thank you for stopping over earlier and leaving such encouraging words too. I means a lot!
    I like the attention you draw back to personal reflection and taking time to clean up our closets before the Lord.

    Thank you for sharing.
    God Bless


  12. You are welcome, Ifeoma. I appreciate you stopping by here, too. God has indeed blessed us to be able to communicate with each other across so many miles. I thank you for your kind words.
    You have wonderful day.


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