The sky looks like the canvas of an artists masterpiece.
Red and pink hues streak the sky as the sun slips just below the horizon.
"Now??" he asks anxiously for the umpteenth time.
"No, not yet," I reply. I know how excited he is.
The colors in the sky begin to fade and the shadows grow longer and longer.
And then you see one.
Then more than you can count.
Bursts of light begin to twinkle just out our door breaking apart the still, darkness that has engulfed the yard.
I hear the door slide open and then shut.
He doesn't even ask to go out.
Bare feet race across the deck and down the stairs into the summer night air to fulfill the mission of the moment.
I peer through the window from the kitchen, trying to keep an eye on the busyness.
"I GOT ONE," he exclaims excitedly.
Proudly, and carefully he slips his new friend into a jar with holes punched on top of the lid. Again he slips out the door to find another. He thinks his new friend needs a friend.
What joy simple little things like lightening bugs can bring to an ordinary summer evening. It's just about the perfect kind of summer evening there is to be had. Especially if there's a scoop of ice cream to go with it!
Vacation Bible School. The first one I was 100% responsible for planning and organizing. It was awesome. We had over 20 volunteers help to make it what it was. We had about 60 children and youth and God showed up, that is for sure!
Trip to the zoo with cousins
Lots of games played as a family both inside and out.
Day trip to Chicago
Fireflies and Toads
Evenings at the ball park
Hours spent driving The Boy to and from 2 different camps, weights and conditioning for football, youth group, Village Inn, Friends houses. (Hence the reason there are NO pictures of him. He hasn't been around much! SNIFF!!!)
June is over.....but I am looking forward to enjoying July even if there are a few more electronics being used during the month.
"Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
"And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is." Ephesians 3:18
"For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him." Philippians 2:13
"But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak our for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you-from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted." 1 Peter 2:9 (Message)
For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." John 3:16-17
"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." Luke 12:48b
" Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? " John Wesley
Three Simple Rules of John Wesley: Do no harm. Do Good. Stay in love with God
"Live Simply so others can simply live."
"Life isn't measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away"
I strive to live a life of balance between the God who created me, the husband who swept me off my feet, the children who have melted my heart, and the other "stuff" that seems important, but really isn't.