Gratitude Day 71 – Summer Sabbath

Sun., July 1, 2018


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 –


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Gratitude Day 51 – Summer is Here!


Sun., May 27, 201

Kids at Mirror Lake
Hubby and our three youngest grandkids: Dylan, Ellie and Waylan

Proverbs 14:30 – A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life; jealousy rots it away.

While the calendar still says “May,” today in Wisconsin, it felt as if summer arrived. While in the car Saturday afternoon, the temperature registered at 92 degrees Fahrenheit. It is hard to image that a short six weeks ago, many inches of snow dotted our landscape.

Hubby Rick and I took full advantage of the beautiful weather. We had our youngest three grandchildren for the day. And we did everything summer. Jumping on the trampoline. Picnic in the park. (Yes, we cheated and picked up food at Culver’s, a local take-out restaurant.) Swam in the water. Played in the sand. Learned about various wild animal tracks. Stopped for ice cream. Basically, we checked off most of the items we would put on a “great summer day” list. Only downside? Because we have had lots of rain in May, the mosquitos are persistent. We kept sun screen and bug spray nearby all day.

The last two days, Rick and I have spent working and playing together. It has been great! Maybe what I needed to appreciate all that I have in my life.

We all need space in which we step back from our daily lives and rediscover what makes us tick and what is so important to us. I have been able to do this the last two days.

For this, I am grateful.

Lord God – thanks for a couple days of relaxation in which I have uncovered just a bit of my mojo again. I pray that my relaxed attitude of today can sustain me for days ahead. Amen.

Blessings –


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Gratitude Day 27 – The Porch is Open


Sun., Apr. 29, 2018

Job 29:23 – My words were eagerly accepted like the showers of spring

There are many wonderful little parts of our 110-year-old house. But when people visit, the place we receive the most “ooh’s” and “aah’s” is the porch.

20180428_163425The front of the house is flanked by a nice big, deep porch. This leads into a screened-in wrap-around porch on the south side of the house. Either location is a lovely place to have lunch, visit, drink coffee or quietly start the day.

20180428_163249A couple summers ago, some friends gave us some wicker furniture for the porch. Last spring, I changed out the cushions and loved how they looked. Then, I set-up the front porch as a lounging area. I had great intentions of using the porch a lot last summer. While we often used the table for meals, the lounging area was less consistent.

20180428_163321Spring has been slow in arriving in Wisconsin. Today, it was a bit chilly, but the sun was shining. Rick and I agreed it was time to get the summer furniture on the porch. It was time to open up the porch for visitors.

20180428_163212I still had winter decorations on the porch. After removing these and vacuuming up dead needles and such, I moved the rug to where the wicker furniture would go. After a quick squirt with the hose, the furniture was positioned. Next, came cushions and pillows. I found a few accessories to make the space feel a bit quainter.

20180428_163350We didn’t have time to sit and enjoy the porch furniture today. But I’m hoping soon this will be a regular occurrence.

20180428_163436Today, I am grateful the porch is open and ready for company. I just need to add a sign the church kids gave me last fall.

20180428_163406Stop by anytime. I’ll have the lemonade or coffee ready.

20180428_163525For a porch ready for company, I am grateful.

20180428_163416I await the wonderful conversations that will happen on the porch this year, Lord God. I anticipate many great exchanges of words, watered by your wisdom, to float throughout this area. Thanks for a cozy place for people to gather and simply be. Amen.

Blessings –


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