A Few of My Favorite Things

July sizzles in like a firecracker, smelling of coconut sunscreen and leaving the creamy taste of homemade ice cream on your tongue. Flags pop up everywhere; smoke from cookouts, bonfires, and sparklers softens the landscape to a dreamy mist. This is the season of the hot dog in its full glory, of icy beverages, of late nights and lightning bugs and sandcastles. If you blink, you could miss a million beautiful surprises from the hand of a good Father. Awaken to the dazzling days of summertime.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

June bursts forth with a thousand promises every morning. Ants are just as happy with the sugar-coated peony buds out front as kids chasing the ice cream truck down the street. Brides and babies and graduates and dads—what a month for celebrating! If the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, I always feel a bit closer to my purpose in June. Break out the beach-ready pedicures and iced pink lemonade! Summer has come!

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A Few of My Favorite Things

“The coming of spring after a hard winter is almost too glorious for a soul to bear.”

(John Eldredge)

Do you remember how Peter Pan crowed over his enemies after an epic battle? Pure, defiant, jubilant, completely lacking in self-consciousness: this is the heart of May. It buzzes happily into green-tipped ferns druzy with dew. It charges the air with joy, kicking off shoes and digging out the picnic blankets. These are the days of Huck Finn, all water and friendship and pirate kings. Of Christopher Robin and his thousand adventures. May we awaken to the childlike awe that can’t be helped when standing on the cusp of something grand.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Wake up, you sleepyheads! Winter has departed, and April is upon us! Cast off your dark grave clothes—step full into the light. Of course there will be soggy days, but what are umbrellas for? Doesn’t your heart beat stronger in the sunshine? Haven’t you longed for some morning coffee on the porch, tracking new growth peeking through the dirt? Empty gardens, like empty tombs, have a habit of birthing life this time of year. Spring is here! Let’s squeeze every sweet drop of goodness from it we can wrap our fingers around.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

February is upon us, swirling the air almost pink, while freshly-baked treats beckon us to reconnect our scattered hearts. May you taste a hundred different kinds of love this month—the comforting kind, the surprising kind, the brave-making kind, the creative kind, the tearful kind, the forgiving kind, the steady kind. No matter where this season finds you, pull someone close and be Jesus to one another. We are a family marked deeply by love, and we leave trails of it wherever we go.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

When homes and bodies are given makeover plans, you can bet your biscuits it’s January again. Eyes sparkle with high hopes as we ready ourselves for something new, something fresh. The brisk chill outside fuels warm connections inside over a spicy chai, and we share our lists of what we’d love to improve in and around us. Making space for whatever it is God has next for us is a beautiful thing. So cast off the past year’s grave clothes and put on your dancing shoes: greater things are still to come.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

This is the season of the Hallelujah Chorus, and those jubilant notes of hope wiggle their way into every crevice of December: under the covers with a bedtime story, into your mittens, through the spicy scent of cinnamon, permeating the air with a buzz of victory. May your happiest moments swell with the heavens, and may your hardest moments remind you that Christ is now, as He was on that eternally anticipated night, God-With-Us. His cry still pierces the heart of the dark, but that voice, once so vulnerable and tiny, now belongs to our Warrior King triumphant, and His whoops of joy will not be silenced.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

November comes alive just in time to kiss the pumpkins, caving in slightly around the mouths, off our porches. She sweeps the last bits of leaves through the neighborhood in hopes of making our dwellings a brighter spark for family to flock toward like geese on their way home. The scent of fresh bread mingles with mulled cider spices, and little ones lick their lips in anticipation. May this season of gratitude for every blessing cascading down from the Father of Light meet you with so much laughter you could burst.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Crows exult in the last fragile wisps of summer as a school bus rumbles by. Farmers’ markets and county fairs burst into full bloom, leaves just beginning to ponder the virtues of the color yellow. Oh, I hope your heart is turning toward the sun these days. Soak in as much beauty as you can to carry you through til spring. Autumn beckons you to share in its wonderment at the Creator of all good things—will you say yes?

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