It is hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of September . . . September! In just a few weeks summer will be left behind and fall will have begun. Where did the days of August go? While they flew by quickly, they were wonderful ones here overall and full of pleasant busyness and a great many other things as well.
Canning lots of tomato sauce (and soon salsa and ketchup, too!) . . . more green beans going into the freezer . . . putting parts of the garden to bed . . . spending a fun day at the State Fair (and a post about that will be coming eventually) . . . several Saturday mornings at the farmer's market . . . digging more potatoes . . . squeezing bits of time in to do a little embroidering . . . studying certain topics in Scripture . . . trying new recipes . . . harvesting and drying Jewelweed (which I'll be experimenting with in soap when it's ready) . . . making soap . . . and much more.
And then there are the more 'mundane' tasks . . . early mornings sweeping the floors and tidying up the house with the morning light just beginning to filter in through the windows, walking through the dew-laden grass to bring the first load of laundry out to hang on the line, taking care of the animal chores while the air still has the early morning quietness and stillness to it, baking bread, washing dishes, pulling weeds, cleaning, and the list could go on and on.
There is so much to be thankful for and to delight in in simply our every day lives . . . and that is one thing that has especially been on my heart this summer. To not just make it through the summer busyness or get caught up in the busyness and forget to simply enjoy it . . . to not just get things crossed off of a to-do list and keep up with the day-to-day tasks, but instead . . . to seek to truly enjoy and delight in every little task that helps to make our house a home and that can bless and encourage my family. And it has been wonderful.
Embroidery in progress . . . and the verse on it has been a fitting reminder!
Yes, there have definitely still been those days when I feel tired or uninspired! :) Or days when things are just hard and my heart is heavier. Yet when turning my focus away from self to truly loving others, to the Lord, to doing all things to serve Him, it is amazing how one's heart and outlook can change.
"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men" (Colossians 3:23)
It turns even those least favorite tasks into acts of love and opportunities to glorify the Lord . . . even though you may be tired after a long day, it makes cooking dinner or doing anything else a delight simply because you are serving and loving your family through it . . . and it makes those things you especially enjoy doing all the more meaningful simply because they are being done for the Lord and others and not for self.
"She . . . works with her hands in delight . . . she looks well to the ways of her household"
(Proverbs 31:13, 27)
So as our summer days have been flying by, this is some of what has been on my heart. Learning from the everyday, seeking to grow in these areas, delighting in the life that God has given me, and thanking Him for all He is teaching me and the blessings He continues to give in abundance!
"Our days are like beautiful summer fields as God gives them to us. The minutes are blooming flowers and silvery blades of grass and stalks of wheat with their germs of golden grains. The hours are trees with their rich foliage or vines with their blossom potentials of purple clusters. Oh the endless, blessed possibilities of the days and hours and minutes as they come to us from God's hands! But what did you do with yesterday? How does the little acre of that one day look to you now? What are you doing with your time? Every moment God gives us has in it a possibility of beauty as well as something to be accounted for. Are we using our time for God?" ~ J. R. Miller