It’s summer time here in the northern hemisphere and contrary to popular belief, yes we get sunshine, people wear bathing suits and flip-flops and shorts, just for a snippet of time – blink twice and it’s gone. Once and a while we’ll get an Indian Summer and they’re my favorite, when the hot sun decides to stay into the latter part of September!
I run a custom picture framing shop out of our garage studio, where I also write music and record song demos. I was busy the last week of June and first week of July. Hard to believe, because with such a short summer, I expected everyone to take their lawn chair outside and stay there, however we have had more rain than usual, flooding rain, you probably heard that in the news.
But here it is, I decided my summer had to be different from getting up and going to work. I do homework in the mornings for Bible School and that is very good because it keeps me focused and more aware of how to avoid unwanted distractions, and then I frame in the afternoons. However, I wanted to make my summer different and special? Last summer I hosted a young women’s Bible Study -life changing memories.
We aren’t taking a summer holiday because we renovated our kitchen in May and June. Come to think of it, we might not be taking an official holiday until next year but the kitchen is worth it. Maybe I should plant my lawn chair there for a while?
I have decided to take one week off in the middle of our summer to go with my Bible, computer and write, and visit people who are dear to me. I’ll get behind the wheel and drive and listen to God, but guess what? You could call that a holiday? I also decided that I would treat myself to some things I never get to do, like clean the house slowly, and thoughtfully, which brings me to this morning.
I have some of favorite tunes playing on a new i-tune playlist. I am cleaning our two cherry wood book shelves and getting re-acquainted with our books, a love I am rediscovering – I am crazy about books. It didn’t take long and I began to separate them into categories, music, writing, prayer, Jesus.
When I find a book that I forgot I bought, I sit down with my coffee and read a chapter. I know there’s work waiting for me in the shop, but there is something very heartwarming about taking time to live and breathe and not allow schedules to box us in, which reminds me of a book I ran across and want to re-read – “When the Game is Over It All Goes Back in the Box” by John Ortberg, also author of “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat”. I highly recommend them both!
So here is my summer Thursday recipe! Put on some spirit filled music, pour yourself your favorite beverage and go through your book shelf. Oh yes, I almost forgot I found a site on the internet that is helping me with book shelf style: http://www.havenbyhayden.com/?p=868
I should have taken a picture of the before so I could show you the brilliant thereafter. Oh well.
Happy Summer Thursday, my friends. And don’t forget to eat breakfast!