Hey friends, how are you today? Happy July 1st, my friends, we are officially into the second half of 2022. In our neck of the woods and in most of the US, summer literally has us in her grip and I am thankful. Though I don’t like to be very hot, I do prefer the heat to the frigid, cold of winter. Today promises to be another heat scorcher with sweltering temperature above 90°. I am unable to complain because I’ve heard of temperatures well into the 100° for parts of the country.
Ah the joy of summer! I absolutely love it, the birds, the butterflies, the blues skies with late sunsets. Summer encourages slow movements and jazz festivals. Up here in the northeast, summer warns us to appreciate each day because we know too soon winter will be on her way. We’ve learned to appreciate each day with its humidity and heat (although we do complain about the heat) because each day leads us closer and closer to that love/hate relationship we have with winter. What has been the temperature in your neck of the woods?
Summer tells me to store happy memories of walks and hikes and waterfalls, of family vacations and visits to new places. Berry picking patches filled with strawberries and blueberries for jams and overindulgence is a must, during this time of the year. And of course, our kitchen garden which is well tended by the daughters of the house because healthy eating has become their mantra is certainly compulsory during the summer.
Summertime tells me to forgive and don’t hold onto grudges. It profits me nothing and usually cost too much. Summer demands that I welcome strangers and friends into my circle. She calls me to love people, even the intentionally mean ones. I am reminded more so during this time of the year of the absolute, unfailing, unconditionally, and unwavering love the God of the Universe has for me. To love God is to love His people and more so during this time of the year I have to practice this, because more people are outside.
What do you enjoy most during this time of the year? What are you most thankful for? How are you doing?