Ending July

by | Jul 31, 2011 | family, schedule, summer

As I sit at my computer this morning, at our dining room table, I have been looking out our back deck doors.  Not much of the scenery changes out that door lately, especially since the view of the small town I spent most of my childhood in is blocked by a field of corn.  Actually, the corn is tall enough to block most of the view of every window of our home.  I sometimes feel “fenced in” with that corn out there being so tall.  But it’s a beautifully green, and it looks like a very healthy crop this year.

I have watched our five outside cats on the deck this morning.  The view of them definately changes, and it’s rare when there are no cats on our back deck.  It’s cute how they sometimes sit out there and look in the windows.  We have raised them from birth, and they are pretty special to us.  We just don’t let them in the house, however, as I married a man who believes animals shouldn’t be in the house. 😉  One of them had two babies about a month ago…and those two sure are cute little fur-balls!

But as I have sat here this morning, on this last day of July, watching these cats bask in the early morning summer sunshine, and having my prayer and quiet time with the Lord, I am alarmly aware how fast this summer has gone.  How can it be July 31?  It almost brings me to tears.  I love summer.  I love having our children home.  And I feel like the time with them is escaping me.  I wanted to do so much more with them this summer, but life has been so fast-paced for us.  Volleyball and work commitments for Ali, soccer commitments for Zach, work commitments for me and Bill…it’s so much some days.

We register Ali and Zach for school tomorrow, and they start back August 18.  It’ll be Ali’s Senior year and Zach will be a Freshman.  Unbelievable…

I am very thankful for the great times we’ve shared this summer, and for the wonderful memories we’ve created.  Vacation, dinners together, playing games at home together, spending time with friends and family together…great memories!  I just wanted to do more.  I guess we have 18 days until school starts, and we’ll be making the most of them.  I pray God stretches and orders our time, so we continue to do what He wants us to do, and not necessarily what we want to do. 

Part of my devotional read today, “I am with you at all times, encouraging and supportive rather than condemning.  I know that deep within you, where I live, My Peace is your continual experience.  Slow down your pace of living for a time.  Quiet your mind in My Presence.  Then you will be able to hear Me bestowing the resurrection blessing: Peace be with you.”

Amen, Amen on this last day of July.  May we all slow down our pace of living for a time!

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