I love August. This month usually breezes past us, which is good since those fluttering calendar pages are about the only breeze many of us get. But along with the warm temperatures, August also gives us a glimpse of the fall.
I can hear the marching band practicing at the local high school. The evenings turn cooler. The mountains here in Virginia are lush and green and the weedy undergrowth is fading into fall colors. I enjoy these simple pleasures, and then my mind wanders.
Like clouds before a summer thunderstorm, my “to-do’s” and concerns accumulate and darken my mind. Before long I’m fretting and dreading, longing for the beginning of summer when my schedule was lighter. Then I’m grumbling and complaining.
I just finished teaching through one of my favorite books, 2 Timothy. This passionate letter is one of Paul’s last recorded writings and his message to his young protege is convicting. Among other things, Paul advises Timothy to “fan into flame the gift of God” that he’d received. I love the imagery of rekindling a fire, especially as it applies to our spiritual gifts. Won’t you join me today and share your thoughts?
I went to South Carolina with some girlfriends recently. Charleston is one of my favorite cities, and a stroll along the Battery reminded me not to judge a book (or a house) by it’s cover. But it also gave me another thought: we’re all quirky. Won’t you click on the title and share your thoughts?
I ended last week with a couple of frustrating days dealing with website issues. I knew I was supposed to “count it all joy” but to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t feeling it. I just wanted it to end so I could on with my plans. Can you relate? I’d love to hear your thoughts!