Summer Slow

My cousin’s backyard is summer. 

Photo by Kathleen Martin

Our childhood summers included time spent at our grandparent’s farm in the Willamette Valley as well as at their little homes on the Oregon coast.  Of course we spent several summer days at one another’s home.   I don’t remember ever being bored or wondering what to do.  We were always busy creating projects or riding bikes to explore the world.

At the end of the day, one of my best memories with my cousin is reading side by side under the shade of a tree in the long of the afternoon.

The thing is. . . taking time to experience quietness . . .  is essential to health and well-being.

Photo by Kathleen Martin

My quality of  life is better when I practice quietness of the soul.  Quietness does not always come easy or even seem possible for us busy types, which seems to be almost everyone in the western hemisphere.  Sometimes it takes all of our energy to become quiet.  BUT. When the soul is quieted there’s space to settle what really matters.

It’s been practiced since the ancient days.  The Psalmist wrote of it:  “Of one thing I am certain: my soul has become calm, quiet, and contented in You”  (Psalm 131:2a, Voice).  

No one can bring this about in our life but ourselves.  There’s no cure for the unsettling of the hard and challenging of life, except to recognize the need to quiet the soul.  Here’s what I know to be true:  When I become quiet, I know God is not only present but at work, doing more than can be comprehended.  Take time to read Psalm 46 on this matter.

I pray summer slows you and I down, giving space for quiet of the soul to become calm and contented despite this out-of-control-busy era.

It matters–Kerrie

Photo by Kathleen Martin
 Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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