Thursday, May 31, 2018

'Til Fall!

Hey guys! 

I hope you all have the most exciting summer you’ve ever had! All the good and happy and lovely things that are summer! I hope you relax a lot and pray a lot and spend time with God a lot. I hope you are silly and laugh a whole lot. Read some books and take some walks and just all around enjoy this life that God has given you to live! I’m taking summer off to do all those things as well! So 'til fall—glow each and every day this summer! Love you all!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Summer is Coming!

PEOPLE! I am so excited about summer. You know I love all the seasons, and here in Florida we celebrate them even if we can’t “feel” them, per say. Fall, winter, spring—sometimes we have to do these in theory. But summer is our jam. Summer is where it's at. Summer always feels like summer! So plan to get your summer on!

Do you have a plan for your summer? Not a minute by minute plan, by any means. The idea is more of a “We are going to have the best summer in the history of summers, and here’s how we’re going to do it” plan. Last June, I told you some of my “summer” words, and I still use those to guide my summer. Cause I don’t want to miss a thing! Maybe write your own list of summer words and use that as a starting off point. Buy a fun summer calendar—or draw one on a sheet of notebook paper! Take a bunch of colorful markers and write down when all those delicious summer words are going to appear in your weeks.

Maybe one of your words is “lemonade”—write on a fun calendar WHEN you’re going to make some lemonade with your kiddos, or your husband, or all by yourself. Make a big deal of it! Make the lemonade, take it outside, sit in that summer sun and do some daydreaming.

Sparklers! Write it on that “Fun Days” calendar. Buy them. Light them. Dance around and sing with them. Pool days and library days and soaking up the sun days and taking all our books outside and reading in the grass days and making ice cream sundae days. So much fun to be had!

I find that when I write these things down, not only do I actually follow through with my truest hopes for my season, whatever that season may be, but the anticipation actually breeds more fun and more joy. Anticipation of the fun thing can be nearly as good as the fun thing!

God actually wants you to have fun. He wants you to be full of His joy. Nehemiah 8:10 even tells us it's our strength. And don’t we all need that. He’s the One who made up summer in the first place, so I know He would want us to find such joy in it. Plan to have yourself a whole lot of joy.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Spiritual Lessons I Have Learned From My Dog.

I love my dog. His name is Goose and he is a black lab, which I am sure is very confusing to our grandson. Even more confusing is the fact that we call his dog a fox. Poor kid.

But Goose…I could learn a lot from him, really. Spiritual things. No, I’m not kidding.

He is always waiting on me in the mornings. Always wanting to snuggle and be together. First thing. Never fails. I wish I was more like that with God.

He is persistent when he wants things. He will sit and look at you with his brown puppy dog eyes as long as it takes to get that piece of cheese on your plate. I wish I was attentive like that to God and His gifts to me.

When Goose is playing in the yard, it is beyond ADORABLE when he just stops suddenly and looks around til he finds me. ME. It melts my heart. I want to be trucking right along and just stopping every little bit—God! There You are! Just wanted to see You!

So all you non-dog lovers are perhaps confused and even slightly embarrassed that I have spiritualized my dog. That’s okay. All my dog peeps get it. And every time you wake up to that little ball of fur, every time he waits and waits and waits for you to share your bounty, every time he looks for you—you’ll think you should be doing some of that, too.