Sunday, August 28, 2011

Summer R&R For The Soul

Phoenix, AZ, Summer 2011 has been unreasonably HOT here in the Arizona desert. But, in spite of the blistering heat, events of the grandest proportions have been happening at Warpaint and beyond.


Not to overshadow the 225th birthday of our grand ole' republic, but...Claire Marie Smith, made her debut on Saturday, July 2nd! Her beautiful, dark hair immediately brings a smile to this Dede's face. Welcome, baby sister, to our crazy, upside down Smith herd...we're so glad you're here!


In between Claire's arrival and Jim's 58th birthday this weekend,
5 of our peeps headed north to Colorado Springs to hike Pike's
Peak, do summer chores with the Dawsons, participate in the Rocky Mountain Games Triathalon, attend Summit Ministries Leadership Camp
and enjoy precious time with family and friends. Just a week ago, another bunch of us headed west to La Jolla so that 2 of our runners could tackle the America's Finest City 1/2 Marathon, while a handful flew east to Buffalo and beyond for birthdays galore. And summer's not even over yet!


Taking time for rest, refreshment, and restoration during the summer break is well, non-negotiable, right? But as Labor Day weekend--the official end of summer---approaches,you may be experiencing the polar opposite of refreshment.


Maybe a weekend getaway wasn't a reality, so try this...hold a brand, newborn little person and pat her back ever so sweetly, or set aside time to read even one page of The Help, or spend an hour visiting with an old friend or family member, or sit down and write a note to someone you appreciate,or listen to music-Rhapsody in Blue or Word of God Speak.


But, if your craziness won't make room for even one of the above,then squeeze this in... sit quietly, somewhere, on your patio or in the park and think. Yes, just think! Think of a happy occasion or sweet memory, think about a story of bravery or poignant kindness. Think about God's great faithfulness and His new every morning mercies...plum the depths of these truths every quiet thinking chance you get and you'll be "called out of darkness into His marvelous light." I Peter 2:9


True rest and refreshment is available...it's tangible...and it's easy
to overlook because we're so busy with every minute detail. Being still and quietly thinking is well, as Jeremiah 6:16 says, "...where the good way is....walk in it, and find rest for your souls."  



Happy Trails!