I thoroughly enjoy this summer weather.  Everything in me wakes up when the sun is shining; nothing seems quite as bad.  I breathe deep and I love it.  I wish it would last forever.  And I find myself already dreading the winter…

But then, I force myself to remember that winter isn’t all that bad; there is Christmas, and beautiful snow storms, and hot cocoa and fireplaces.  And winter is necessary–nature sleeps, and prepares for what is to come.

Spring ushers in the summer, and summer’s glory is the bounty of fall.  Fall prepares us for winter months in which all of nature readies for spring–like pearls in a necklace, they each have their place in the circle of nature.  We can’t have one without the other, and most importantly, we need each one.

The Creator knew best.

And so it is with seasons of my life.

The Creator knows best.

And it is very good.

I only get in trouble when my enjoyment of one makes me dread the next.  It’s not that I don’t want the next, it’s more that I don’t want this one to stop.  So the key once more lies in savoring the moments, and recognizing that grace only dwells in today.  There is no grace for living in in tomorrow.

And so it is in my very own life.

And it is very good.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

#205 Shrimp on the Grill

#204 Pool Parties with friends

#203 The Sun on my Back as I pull Weeds

#202 My Hammock

Linking up with Hear it on Sunday, Above Rubies, Seedlings in Stone and Play Dates with God



  1. So glad I found this on Hear it, use it. A fruitful season of my life is ended, and I must try to move on. I was feeling anxious about the future so I feel so encouraged by your words to live in the now, accept the ‘grace that only dwells in today’. Thank you.


  2. Thank you for sharing your story at “Tell Me a Story.” Yes, I enjoy the seasons, and only today was thinking about winter and how nice a warm sweater feels. Seasons in life go by so quickly. The future is now and as time continues to go by, we look forward to our rewards in His season.


  3. I have never visited here without my heart being challenged or encouraged. Today I went to Countrified Hicks and there you were! Tears came to my eyes because I so needed some name calling today. Bless you, Barbara.


  4. What a beautiful post!! I’m with you. I anticipate summer and find myself loathing when it ends!! This summer, though, was a little more difficult for me to enjoy, with the extreme heat and drought. Isn’t it true, though, we crave the things(including weather) we don’t have. This past week, we have had some much needed rain and we are rejoicing. Today, it is beautiful out, with a calm breeze and a mix of sun/clouds and very little humidity! I am so thankful for today! Thanks for sharing.

    In His Lo♥e, Ann @ Christ in the Clouds


  5. Making myself pay attention to the seasonal differences isn’t so hard any more. To be honest, Spring and Fall are my favorites… not too hot, not too cold, don’t have to water the yard so often, don’t have to be on alert at all times when walking on sidewalks or driving on streets/roads. BUT, every year the Lord drops people or events into my life on all the seasons… and they touch or teach my heart.

    Nice to see you are a pleasantly-oriented person. It will bless many no matter what season flows in and out of your heart and home.


  6. Hi! I’m visiting from Friendship Friday 🙂 I hope you’ll also join me for my Friday Flash Blog on The Jenny Evolution ( Happy weekend!


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