One of my favorite things about summertime is that life seems to move at a slightly slower pace. I’ve been able to adjust my morning schedule so that I’m getting in a trail walk/jog before it gets too hot. These moments outdoors help me decompress; I can feel the stress roll off my shoulders.
Sometimes I listen to music while I run, and sometimes I listen to the chorus of the songbirds perched in the treetops. I mentally go over my prayer list and especially focus on praying for my family. My heart always feels lighter after this time outdoors.
My thoughts can’t help but go to the beauty that surrounds me. I thank the Creator for allowing me these moments to enjoy His creation.
Butterflies are little things that bring me joy. When I see one flutter by, my heart skips a beat. Maybe that’s because they appear seemingly out of nowhere and are evanescent, quickly vanishing.
Usually I don’t have my camera handy when I spot a butterfly, but today I did. I had been outside taking some photos of my flower beds when I saw this beauty land on one of my flip-flops that I had kicked off near the front steps. It’s a Limenitis arthemis astyanax, aka Red-spotted Purple. The name confuses me a little bit because the wings look blue, not purple. I read that the top flight speed for a Red-spotted Purple is 12 mph. They are commonly found in the Eastern United States.
Little things, like pretty butterflies, are easy to take for granted, but they have a purpose in God’s creation.
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. ~Revelation 4:11
Happy Friday! Another week has zoomed by, and a brand new month will be here on Monday. I just can’t believe it! In an effort to savor the “little things” in life, I’m linking up today with Susanne to share some good things from my week.
1. The weather has been amazing. I have been longing for sunshine, and it is here at last. I was able to get outside a little bit every day this week, even on the days when we had rain.
2. Steven and I were able to take a long hike through the woods together. We were hunting morels, but we didn’t find any. A couple of friends who have found some passed them along to us. I cooked up a batch, and then Steven did another. His were dredged and seasoned better than mine and tasted amazing.
3. The concert choir that Shay is a part of at her college had its final performance of the semester. The girls and I, along with their grandma who was here visiting, were able to attend. I am so amazed with the talent these young people have! After the concert, we enjoyed a meal at a Mexican restaurant with one of Shay’s friends and his family. We had a great time.
4. I tackled one of my least favorite springtime jobs: weeding the flower beds. I still need to put down some new mulch and replace a couple of dead plants, but the beds are looking much better already. It won’t be long until the butterflies show up.
5. A hummingbird was spotted flitting around the front porch this week, so I got the hummingbird feeder filled and hung. I’m still waiting to catch the birds in action at the feeder.
Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Susanne to share some good things from my week. It’s a great exercise that forces me to slow down for a few minutes and think about the blessings in my life that I might otherwise take for granted.
1. Last weekend I returned home after spending ten days in Florida. I was there for a couple of weeks back in February when my mom had a health scare, and this was a follow-up visit to check on her. I am happy to report that her health is almost back to 100%. After suffering from an undiagnosed condition for several years, she finally found a doctor who identified the problem and offered a solution that worked. My mom is now able to eat anything she wants to eat and has the energy needed to continue her active lifestyle. We had a great time together doing whatever we wanted to do each day: shopping, relaxing by the pool, eating out, or just hanging around the house. Her improved health is a huge answer to prayer!
2. Resurrection Sunday is always one of my favorite days of the year. There’s nothing more uplifting to me than remembering that Christ’s victory over death means that we have the promise of eternal life with Him. Hallelujah! Our day started out early with a sunrise service at the county park. This was the first sunrise service since we’ve lived in the North that it wasn’t freezing outside; the weather was perfect! After the short sunrise service, we all went back to the church fellowship hall for a delicious breakfast followed by Sunday school and preaching service. That evening, our choir presented an Easter cantata. It was a very long day, but also a very blessed day.
3. Shay’s college had a four-day Easter break, so she was able to come home for the long weekend. We were able to get a family picture on Sunday before she headed back to school. Notice that I am now the shortest one in the family. 🙂
4. My in-laws arrived on Monday and are spending a few days with us. We always enjoy having them visit.
5. Spring has finally arrived! When we first moved to West Virginia, fall was my favorite season. After making it through a few cold, gray winters, spring is now my favorite time of the year. When I left for my trip to Florida, the trees were still pretty bare. It’s amazing how quickly things can change in just a couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to taking a hike with my camera this weekend and enjoying God’s creation.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Psalm 19:1
*Taken with my iPhone somewhere above the state of Virginia.