Hey friends, how are you doing today? How has your summer been so far? Busy? Chaotic? Deliberate? Effective? Hectic? Fantastic? I could go on and on with the adjectives, but I think you understand. Really, how are you doing? Did you undertake anything new this summer?

In a few days, my husband and I will attend the Great NY State Fair. In the past, we attended this event primarily because of the girls.  Oh, they love this, they are disappointed every year, because they leave the week before the fair.  We won’t let them know, but I’m grinning on the inside. Yes! Finally, we can attend as adults; attend when we want and leave when we want to.  Sweet privileges, I will never take for granted again.  Usually, I do not like crowds, I don’t like the noise, and I don’t like heights. The Fair’s producers regularly expect more than a million people over a period of about thirteen days.  Did I say, I don’t like crowds? Normally I mentally gear up because I know we will spend most of the day at the fair.  When they were younger, it was the rides and the animals. I tried to make it as homeschool friendly as possible (parents, you know we have to make these hours count for something). As they became older, it was about the rides and it slowly drifted to the event’s performers which was always in the evening. But now, it’s just my sweetheart and I and we most certainly will enjoy every minute of it.  I’m sure it probably has absolutely NOTHING to do with the kids, right? What’s your favorite thing to do at such an event?

It’s an absolutely beautiful day, today in my neck of the woods.  It’s so easy to miss days like these. It’s a bit cool, but truthfully, I like this temperature of 70°. The sun is out with big, beautiful, fluffy, thick, white clouds. Every tree is still holding on to its greenery. The cicadas are singing their summer song, with the butterflies making an occasional appearance, as they too try to hold on to summer.  I am taking a few minutes to sit outside and listen to creation, after all, creation speaks, does it not? Creation says, “look up, child, look up”. Too soon, this too shall pass.  

Take with me, this opportunity to worship with creation, the Creator God.  Believe it or not, the world needs us to show them how to rest. Deep breath; give the worries away to the only One, Who can actually do something about it.  Talk to the Lord, tell Him everything; yes, He already knows, but prayer is actually for you and me.  Prayer helps us to mentally and emotionally give over the troubles. It helps us to identify the people and the circumstances that needs the Lord’s attention.  Remember, it’s not at all selfish to talk to Him about you and your needs and your desires, but while in His presence, don’t forget about me and them.  

How can I pray for you?

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