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Celebrating Summertime Warmth

“I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket.”                   ~Kellie Elmore

     Recently, Ron reconnected with a cousin he’d grown up with, but through the years, distance, time-consuming child rearing and work responsibilities divided them. We were pleased when Ron’s cousin and his wife invited us to spend a weekend afternoon with them at their beautiful riverfront home in Washington.

     I had only briefly met Ron’s cousin and had never met his wife. Immediately, she and I recognized our kindred spirits. I knew she was a sister-of-the-heart.

     Summertime warmth is a great time to grow new friendships!

     I’m not much of a gardener, but I love playing in the dirt a bit and become giddy with excitement when I see a tiny tomato, jalapeno or cucumber appear. In addition to the appearance of a few veggies, the Shasta daisies this summer have been magnificent. Petunias and geraniums are growing like mad, and hydrangeas are loaded with flowers and buds.

     Summertime warmth makes potential produce and flowers oh, so happy and want to grow!

     I’m a lover of light, and one of my favorite aspects of summer is increased hours of daytime. Yet, there’s no substitute for the splendor of a summertime night.

     Summertime warmth brings long days and magical nights.

     It’s easy for me to get lazy in the summertime. I prefer relaxing to working, and I must remind myself often that just because it’s summer doesn’t mean important responsibilities can be put on the back burner.

     Summertime warmth can be deceptive, robbing me of important opportunities.

     Every season has a special kind of beauty, but nature seems to show off with extra extravagance during the summer.

     Summertime warmth is a great time to be awed by the goodness of God’s creation.

Blessings on your journey through Summertime 2018…

Sue Reeve

2017: Sue Reeve’s One-Year ‘Soul Care’ Discovery Journey…

Discovery #7

Soul Care Discovery: It’s been a while since I mentioned a new soul care discovery. This isn’t because I haven’t been thinking about soul care. I’ve thought about it often. A couple days ago, in a moment of clarity I realized, I’ve also been practicing soul care.

     Let me try to explain.

     As I was going through photographs Ron has taken these past few weeks, preparing to put together a photo album of recent travels and experiences—I grasped a new insight:

Summertime is good for the soul!

     Spiritual Rhythm by Mark Buchanan, a book I read several years ago, left some unforgettable impressions. I returned to this book recently to read what Buchanan had to say about the spiritual significance of summer. I like what he says,

“What do we do in summer?

First, most: enjoy…Summer is a time for enjoying God and others, without reserve and without apology. It’s a time for rediscovering the sheer pleasure of simply being alive…We strive for nothing and yet have everything…We heed the counsel that Scripture gives to rich people: don’t trust in your wealth, which is so uncertain, but trust in God, “who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” In the summer of the heart, we get that: abundance isn’t for trusting in; it’s for enjoying.”

     At the beginning of 2017, I determined to make the theme of this year ‘soul care.’ Some asked me what I meant by ‘soul care,’ and I admitted I had only a vague idea. I knew, though, I desired a more well-tended soul, and I had a hunch the Holy Spirit was happy to walk alongside and help me comprehend.

     As I’ve traveled through the last six and one-half months, I’ve never felt my pursuit was a waste of time, nor have I been disillusioned or discouraged. In fact, it’s been an energizing journey

     This summer, as Mark Buchanan suggested, I’ve been “rediscovering the sheer pleasure of simply being alive.”

     I’ve gained a new appreciation for the joy that comes from hanging out with friends and family.

     Fresh awareness of God’s creation, which has never seemed more majestic.

     Yes, Summer 2017 has been good for my soul.

     I want to share some soul-satisfying scenes from this summer season with you, along with a few quotes and personal reflections. I hope you will enjoy.

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Sunrise on Catalina Island, California – by Ron Reeve

God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
God-craft on exhibit across the horizon…

 That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies
from sunrise to sunset…

The revelation of God is whole
and pulls our lives together.

Psalm 19:1-7 (MSG)

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C:\Users\Susan Reeve\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\06302017_28562-1.jpgFlathead River, Montana by Ron Reeve

‘Summertime…and the livin’ is easy…

Summertime is an aria composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess, a favorite song in a wonderful musical.C:\Users\Susan Reeve\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\07012017_28663-1.jpgGlacier Park, Montana by Ron Reeve

I want God, not my idea of God. C.S. Lewis

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A life without love is like a year without summer.

–A Swedish proverb

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Columbia Falls, Montana – Ron Reeve, used by permission from owner for non-commercial purpose

If it could only be like this always – always summer… Evelyn Waugh

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I met my friend Jane at summer camp when we were in grade school. During my teenage years, I spent many happy days at her family’s cabin. She invited Ron and me to spend a long weekend at their new and much-improved cabin at the same camp this summer. I loved the following quote I saw on Pinterest a couple weeks after the delightful time we spent with Jane, Jerry and two of their adorable granddaughters.

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Yorba Regional Park National Nature Garden, Yorba Linda, CA by Ron Reeve
“Creativity is the Blue Heron within us waiting to fly; through her imagination, all things become possible.” ― 
Nadia Janice Brown, 21st Century author, poet and book promoter

I believe the blue heron has become my favorite bird. I love the grace and elegance of this long-legged beauty. Herons are skittish, not fond of having their pictures taken, which makes this shot Ron captured extra special.

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Yorba Regional Park National Nature Garden, Yorba Linda, CA by Ron Reeve

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

C. S. Lewis

Summer—what better time to sit by a quiet lake, enjoy the wonder of God’s creation and ponder my next step…

Blessings on your summertime of the soul…

Sue Reeve