I will be glad when this summer is over.
For one thing, it is insanely hot in
Yesterday was the 16th day of temperatures over 100 degrees in
We are not approaching the record of 42 straight days from the 1980 heat wave yet, but, ?
It’s enough to kill even the most heat hardy plants.
And my having a positive attitude is struggling to stay alive too.
Summer 2010 will not be forgotten.
Major events will mark this season; some good memories, and some not so good. But throughout this summer, the biggest thing that I will remember is what I have learned through it all.
I cannot control anything or anyone except myself.
Now, this is not really a new concept for me, in fact, I have been aware of this for many years. But this summer’s events took me to a deeper understanding; an understanding that grasped me by the shoulders and shook me until I cried, “Uncle!” (which means: To indicate a willingness to give up a fight or surrender)
Actually, the name I cried was “Father”, as in my heavenly Father. And He answered me.
I cried aloud to the Lord and He answered me from His holy hill. Psalm 3:4
Some of His answers have been difficult one’s to hear. They have required pain and brokenness. But the lessons have been big; so big in fact; they rally in competition with my original surrender to Christ 23 years ago. There is new meaning to what it means to be “in Christ”, I have discovered that I really do have the gift of mercy, (for years I thought I didn't) and I have finally truly forgiven some people who hurt me years ago.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I nowlive in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
So, I am ready to see a new season. The heat is exhausting, but so is the journey that I have been on. I am ready for this summer to be over.
...be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.