Things to Praise God for on The First Day of Summer

Summer

Those who know me will tell you, Summer is not my favorite time of year. To me, the season of sweating is quite unbearable and I have been known to whine accordingly.

However, I am reminded of the many things I have to be thankful for this summer. Here are just a few on what I am calling my Praise God for Summer List:

1. My awesome summer-born husband!

2. Vitamin D – One of the health benefits of the Sun

3. Watermelon – Ripe, juicy and super sweet

4. Honeysuckle – Smells divine

5. The soothing lullabye of a soft, summer rain

6. Frozen treats

7. Vacation

What are you praising God for today?

Top 5 Signs You Might Need a Vacation

In honor of travel season, I thought I’d put together a list that might help you identify whether or not it’s time for you to get out of town.

Road tunnel

Here are the Top 5 Signs you might need a vacation:

5. You’ve started watching way too many travel shows, including a recent marathon of HGTV House Hunters International

4. Your family is begging you to stop playing Beach Boys music

3. Walmart is starting to feel like a real getaway

2. Those little bags under your eyes are trying to tell you something

1. The last time you took a vacation, flight attendants were called stewardesses and gas was less than $2.00 a gallon.

You may decide to fly the friendly skies or head out on the open road or set sail to some exotic locale, whatever floats your boat. Whatever you do, make it fun!

But if you simply cannot get away, those travel shows are not a bad alternative. Followed by a trip to Walmart to get an eye mask to wear as you lounge in a luxurious bubble bath while listening to the Beach Boys. 🙂

Have you made your vacation plans yet? Please share in the comments.

Blessings!

Wild About Water

Well, the triple digits have arrived signaling that summer is here in full force. 
All I can think about is dipping into this: 

Or sailing away on this: 
Or drinking a nice, cold glass of this:
I am thanking God today for the gift of water…
(and air conditioning!) 🙂
And I am especially grateful for the living water he gives to each of us. 
May you stay cool and refreshed and have a blessed summer!
“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 
streams of living water will flow from within him.”
John 7:38

Solstice For The Soul

The first day of summer is known as the longest day of the year (aka summer solstice). The World English Dictionary defines solstice this way:

[C13: via Old French from Latin sōlstitium,  literally: the (apparent) standing still of the sun, from sōl  sun + sistere  to stand still]

Maybe it is because of my natural inclination towards pondering word origins or maybe because this Sunday’s message at church was about the power of God’s Word. In any case, it got me to thinking about the correlation between this season’s long-lingering light and the eternal truths of God’s Word.

So I wrote the following poem.

All this sparkling light spills
like a soft golden strand
from azure blue skies
onto miles of warm sand

Every ocean and hill
has been kissed by the sun
and every dark heart
knows that summer’s begun

It’s a gift like pure gold
when I finally see
this gleaming white truth
burning bright as can be

As your word guides my soul
it illumines my way
a slow-moving sun
on the longest of days

 

 

findingtheinspiring.com

 

Lord, our prayer is that we stand still long enough to let your word shine in and through us, like the golden rays of the summer sun driving away the dark.
Happy Summer Everyone!

My Summer Vacation

Remember those reports you wrote in elementary school about what you did on your summer vacation? I found mine from third grade and it goes something like this:
“I swam. I played. I had fun.”
Well, my report about the vacation I took last week with my husband might have more words but the essence is the same.

Going on this trip helped me lose some of my stuck-in-a-rut-thinking.

Helped me gain new perspective.
Not hard to do when you are standing on a mountaintop
 looking down over the valley below.

Your mind becomes as clear as the crisp, clean air and
 everything comes into focus, taking your breath away.

All the world more vibrant. More alive.
More exhilarating.
More beautiful.
Sometimes a change of scenery helps to bridge the gap
 between our physical and spiritual selves, giving us a glimpse into the reality of the unseen world that exists just beyond the veil of human understanding.
And God seems closer than ever.
And the cares of life seem so far away.
I guess I could sum up my summer vacation
 the same way my third grade self did.
“I swam. I played. I had fun.”
And I would add just one thing more…
I thank God for allowing me to take this journey. For showing me the incredible beauty of His creation and helping me to
 find the inspiring at every turn.
I hope you enjoyed my summer vacation report as much as
 I enjoyed writing it.
 I look forward to hearing all about your summer adventures!