“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time.” ~John Lubbock, “Recreation,” The Use of Life, 1894
These are strange and breathless days, the dog days…” ― Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
It’s August. Hot, humid, sticky August. It’s the “dog-days-of-summer” and everyone is just trying to stay cool. Lemonade and iced tea flow through the kitchen like a river over shiny, cold stones of ice. Even the occasional rain shower is cause for celebration. The heat of summer begs us to pause in the shade and be still.
As I sat on the porch this morning and looked out at the flowers struggling in the heat I was reminded of a scripture in the book of James. It says, “The sun rises with its blazing heat and burns the plant; its flower falls off, and its beauty is destroyed.” (James 1:11) Sounds fairly hopeless, doesn’t it? But a little later James talks about tests and temptations and gives a message of hope… “Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a temptation, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)
As I sat there in the morning summer heat pondering James’ words I heard a swift strong breeze rustling the leaves of the trees as it approached. It’s coolness blew through me and went on its way. That is when I found my own hope for the day. That “pneuma” or Holy Spirit is what keeps me refreshed when the going gets tough and I find myself in some sort of heated challenge or trial. When I am open to the wind of the Holy Spirit I am refreshed and renewed.
So just for today, grab your tall glass of lemonade and a friend. Find some shady spot to strengthen one another in faithful living. Remind someone today of God’s promise of love and the Holy Spirit’s refreshing gift.
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Day 52 February 21, 2014
“Honor must start in the heart, but if it ends there, it isn’t honor. Honor must be expressed through words, symbols, actions, or gestures. Honor is among the most incarnational of the virtues. It must have feet and hands.”―Douglas Wilson
“Any honors that come our way are only stolen from him to whom alone they really belong, the Lord who sent us.” ―Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
“Choosing with integrity means finding ways to speak up that honor your reality, the reality of others, and your willingness to meet in the center of that large field. It’s hard sometimes.” ― Terry Tempest Williams
“Let us do those things that our heart is asking us to do and from this day forth allow all souls that leave our presence feeling honored and deeply loved.” ― Molly Friedenfeld
Day 309 November 7, 2013
“Life is a MISSION Fulfilled through our VISION Live life well this SEASON You were born for a REASON…” ― Israelmore Ayivor
“Reinvent the wheel. Create something that can be rolled down a hill…” from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin
“Many drops make a bucket, many buckets make a pond, many ponds make a lake, and many lakes make an ocean.” -Percy Ross
“I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, not just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future.” -Carl Sandburg
“There is nothing for it but to try and see through our missions to the end, as best we can, for until we do so, we will be permitted no calm.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro
Day 262 September 21, 2013
“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” ” ― Brené Brown
“You may have carved a pumpkin before, but what about a turnip, an apple, a bell pepper, or …? -from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin
“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.” –Matthew 5:14 The Message
“The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” -John 1:5 NAS
”Light is precious in a world so dark….Make some light.” ― Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
Day 233 August 23, 2013
As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” –John 17:18
Socks for the Shelter
Peace Garden at School
Care for Seniors
Vacation Bible School
“Create a portmanteau and use it. Bonus: Illustrate it!” (Portmanteau: A word created by sticking together parts of two preexisting words, whose meaning is basically a blend of the two original words. A well-known portmanteau is spork, a combination of spoon and fork.
PS: Today is September 2. My neighbor’s daughter is looking forward to her first day of school tomorrow. She says she is “anxioucited”. anxious + excited = anxioucited