Since those of us here in Texas are burning up in almost 100 degree weather and I have been out mowing and sweating and finally came in to take a shower, I stopped to think how can I call a Texas summer a blessing. I am not by any means complaining about summer – it is a season and it is a season God created and it is a blessing. Again this week I am writing about blessings as one of my topics on MelissaTaylor.Org during the study of Stressed-Less Living. I will give thanks for this season, but I will also find ways to stay out of the heat.
I thought it might be fun to dream a bit – like how about dreaming about Fall – you know sweaters and long sleeves for that cooler weather or a light coat. These sweaters are pretty, but honestly I love my shorts and flip flops.
Or you can dream about a hot cup of chocolate or a hot cup of orange spice tea! Oh yea! But today it’s iced tea and iced water.
I am not really dreaming about Fall and I actually enjoy my summer clothes better – shorts and no-sleeve tops. During this hot summer I need to find time to clean out some fall clothes and winter, spring and summer also. But did I get you excited about Fall and make you forget those hot, humid, dog days of Texas summer?
So how am I blessed by the Texas heat – summer. I am finding much to do indoors – like cleaning my office today. Tomorrow the laundry room and ironing are on my to-do list. On Friday I’ll meet some retired friends for lunch. Saturday is a baby shower and then lots of work at my Mom’s house as well as mowing her yard in this heat. Lost her in February and we are getting ready to get it empty to sell. And Sunday is church and hopefully we will have time to swim since all the work is done. Yes swim – now that’s a Texas reality. Really, the work is never done but the mowing of this acreage will be done at least for a few days after I get out and finish up a little more pushing and a little more riding tomorrow. And in between all this, I am finishing up a Bible Study called Stressed Less Living by Tracie Miles.
I can think of many other blessings about summer – it causes me to be thankful for spring and fall. It causes me to slow down inside like it does during winter snows. I have time to read, get caught up on paperwork, enjoy eating healthy salads and cleaning out all those old clothes, watch a good movie, and in a week or two my neice and great nephews will be over for a swimming party. Or let’s dream about a bowl of ice cream. Can I say yum – yummy blessing? Ice cream is the one really cool thing about summer – banana nut, coconut, chocolate, Reese’s peanut butter cup, vanilla, strawberry – my husband does them all and more as he continues to invent new ice cream recipes in the summer. Or how about a summer smoothie – my breakfast this morning.
And then there are those summer watermelons and cantaloupe. Yummy and refreshing. And what about the blessing of sweating off toxins while mowing in the heat. I love that and maybe, just maybe my cholesterol will be better when I go see my doctor in a few weeks. What a blessing that would be!
This summer my biggest blessing will be the birth of my first grandchild, Colt sometime around August 9 (talking about hot – August is really hot). And then we will be celebrating 44 years of marriage on August 16. Where did the time go?
I hope you are inside today or in a place where it is nice and cool and counting your blessings because if we stop and just think about it there is always something to be thankful about even in those “dog days” of summer. I think I will just name them God’s blessed days of summer.