Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thankful for Summertime

I love summertime. I love warm weather, garden produce, going to the beach, celebrating Independence Day, having my kids out of school, visiting friends and family, eating watermelon, cooling off in a pool, catching fireflies and the list could go on and on. While I enjoy the beauty of spring and fall, summer is definitely my favorite season.

I can't begin to tell you how much I dislike cold weather. I am glad to be a Southerner with only few cold months to endure. And I would gladly give those away. My Yankee friends will have to forgive me, but I laugh when I watch the weather reports during the winter. There is the north buried in snow and bitter cold and I am basking in the warmth of a 68 degree December day. And they (Yankees) think we Southerners are dumb.

Yes, the days can get hot and steamy in the summer. So I am also thankful for air conditioning, Popsicles, iced tea, and pools.

Summer is more than a season to me. Summer represents freedom. I am free from a school schedule. That means I can go places and do things without the worry of "gotta be home in time to get a good nights sleep before school tomorrow" or "gotta be back by Sunday, because school is on Monday." We can go and do and visit and have friends over. I love it!

I am also physically free from all the layers and layers of clothing I have to wear in the winter. Just give me a t-shirt and capris and slide my feet into sandals and I am ready for the day. Even as I sit here in my pj's, I am thankful I didn't have to wrap up in my big fleecy bathrobe this morning. And it only takes a minute to get Levi dressed too. No bundling up required!

Freedom from so much clothing, means freedom from so much laundry too. Less washing, drying, and folding and more Scrabble, reading, and working out at the Y.

The freedom I enjoy the most though is my freedom in the morning to sit and linger at the feet of Jesus. I don't have to limit my time to 30 minutes. I can read my Bible and pray and listen to what God wants to say to me today. When I am listening to God's heart for me and He is reminders of His everlasting love, I am at peace. When I am hearing Him tell me that He is able to meet every one of my needs and His supply will not dwindle, I can rest in His sufficiency. Knowing Jesus and taking delight in Him, that is true freedom.

"Delight yourself in the Lord and 
He will give you the desires of your heart." 
Psalm 37:4

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