Gratitude Day 72 – Today

kayaks

Mon., July , 2018

Job 18:7 – Their strong strides slow down; their plans trip themselves.

Friday night fish with friends

A car/truck/tractor/motorcycle show

Visits with good friends

Long walks

New kayaks

Cruising Devil’s Lake with our new finds

Brunch with Hubby Rick on the porch

Grad party

Unearthing the air conditioner with +90-degree temps

Swinging in the backyard

Watching a movie

More sleep

Less doing

It was a good weekend.

Completely planned this way?

No.

Good decision to make it so?

You bet.

Life only slows down when we chose to let it slow down.

It’s a slow-down kind of week.

A shorter work week for many.

Make it slow down.

Let plans evolve.

Drink in today.

It’s the present and a gift.

For this I am grateful.

Lord God – for those who struggle with “being” over “doing,” may we find the joy of “being” this day, this week. For today is the present. It’s a gift. Thank you for today. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Gratitude Day 71 – Summer Sabbath

Sun., July 1, 2018

summer-sabbath

Mark 2:27 – Jesus finished by saying, “People were not made for the good of the Sabbath. The Sabbath was made for the good of people.

Today is Sunday, the day Christians label as a day of Sabbath. A day to slow down, rest, recover. Time to reflect, feel peace, listen for God.

It is also July 1st. The 4th of July is just a couple days away, the unofficial halfway point of summer. We are halfway through a season that often yearns to be slower. Less packed. More opportunities to enjoy the flowers, trees, water and grilled chicken of summer.

How can this summer be halfway over? I thought it was just beginning! It’s rounding second base? I haven’t taken advantage of so many things I wanted to do this summer. Watch a baseball game. Go for a super long bike ride. Hike through the woods.

This past week has not been my most productive week. I am calling it mission trip hangover. While the Martha in me wants to hurry, the Mary whispers in my ear, “It’s OK. It’s summer. Less is more.”

Pick up the book you’ve longed to read and sit on the porch and indulge. Walk through the yard or your neighborhood and drink in every hint and shade of green. Savor an extra piece of rhubarb crisp or strawberry pie. It will never taste this good in the middle of the winter.

Savor Sabbath. Savor Sunday. Savor Summer

For this I am grateful.

Lord God, too often, we think Sabbath is for everyone else but ourselves. May we find moments to rest our souls, quiet our banging thoughts and listen for your still, quiet voice in our lives. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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