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

A Ray of Hope

What do you do when things don’t turn out like you hoped they would?

When people are unpleasant and unkind?

When the computer shuts down and the electric bill goes up?

 And the world around you seems to be getting darker, light fading fast?

There are times when life feels like someone keeps turning up the heat forcing us to constantly readjust the thermostat in hopes of some relief. 

We know God has given us his Word to guide us, the Holy Spirit to comfort us and the stories of the saints to inspire us.

But sometimes we forget. 

I forget. 

Ånd in the midst of these long, hot days of unrelenting summer, I wonder how long it will be before my spiritual thermostat gets locked in automatic trust mode? God who is true and just and, most assuredly, worthy of trust reminds me that he works all things together “for the good of those who love him. (Romans 8:28)

This gives perspective to the struggles. And our wilting faith is revived when we see him at work in our lives. Bringing his purposes to pass. Causing us to breathe in the cool air of contentment and to sing his praises no matter what climate we find ourselves in.

 Pure miracle.

In his book, A Gentle Thunder, Max Lucado uses the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand found in John chapter 6 to illustrate this point. The Lord shows us what faith can do, even in less than perfect circumstances, even when we are weak.

“When the disciples were weak. Jesus was strong.
 When the disciples had no faith, Jesus had faith. He thanked God.
 For what? The crowds? The pandemonium? The weariness? The faithless disciples?
 No, he thanked God for the basket of bread.
 He ignored the clouds and found the ray and thanked God for it.” 

Today, if you feel like you are living under a cloud, I pray that you will remember God’s faithfulness. And, when you lift your head to give thanks, may you find that ray – the ray of hope that God always provides for the wilting and weak. 


A Day Worth Remembering

He was born a child of summer.

How fitting.

Since he grew to be the man who would brighten my days, warm my heart, literally light up my world like the sun.

Last week was his birthday.

And I wanted it to be special. A day worth remembering.

So I made a cake and he blew out the candle. But not before I reminded him to make a wish.

And I stood beside him. Making a wish of my own.

A prayer that God would allow me to savor these moments. Before another one vanishes like the smoke of a smoldering wick.

Because sometimes our days feel like the rush of hourglass sand and our hearts like melting wax. And it is good to pause and to celebrate all the gifts we’ve been given. 

And that is how I want to fill up this life. With thankfulness, laughter, love.

Celebrating each second like a kid on vacation. My toes wiggling in the sand. Basking in the warm glow of the sun. And reveling in the reality that every day is a day worth remembering.

And you? What have you been celebrating lately? Is it time for a vacation?

Thankful for Trees

“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 NLT

Beneath the blistering August sun, people gain a new appreciation for trees.

No longer taken for granted, trees provide a welcome shelter for outdoor laborers. They share the shady canopy of green with feathered creatures who nestle into branch-built homes at days end, or whenever a respite from the heat is necessary.

I, too, find myself seeking out the comforting cover of the rare parking lot tree at my neighborhood market.

It might be farther away from the entrance but, it is worth the extra walking distance to make sure the car temperature doesn’t escalate to the point of causing me to spontaneously combust!

I am thankful for trees.

For the shade they provide and for the picture they give me of God’s sheltering love.

Beneath His canopy of grace, I find hope in the comfort of his protection and peace in the assurance of His provision.

And rest.

Rest that only comes when I am living in His shelter. Not taking the shade for granted – Ever thankful for the “shadow of the Almighty”.