“Here’s a place that will have its way with me.” Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun

The kids are home for summer and we head to the coast to spend a little time letting the sea smooth out the jagged edges that have formed within and around us.

We let the salt burn the wounds, let the sand rub off the dead skin, let the nighttime hold us still and quiet until the first light of morning shows up with all her promises.

Anxiety follows like a shadow.

For me, it’s time to turn around and catch her before she has a chance to hide.

I see you there behind me, following like it’s your job. Now beat it.

For us, for now in this season, June is a good time to stop it already.

“I keep remembering that anytime I’ve stepped in my own footprints again, I haven’t felt renewed. Though I’m susceptible to the known, I’m just slightly more susceptible to surprise.” – Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun

summer 2016

We’ve been wearing our burdens like thick heavy furs. And June steps up kindly, May I take your coat? 

Let her.

I probably feel most like myself on the southern, east coast shore; soft sand, gentle waves, tall grass swaying to the day’s rhythm.

While Frances Mayes is slightly more susceptible to surprise than to the known, I think I’m the opposite.

This southern beach is a place that has had its way with me and I’m content to return, again and again, and see what else I might learn about the world around me and within me.

Jesus can show up anywhere he wants to, and this month I see him in the season. June reveals him differently than October or February.

June reminds me how important it is for us to be like children, to practice setting down our agendas and being with our Father for no other reason except because we are loved.


summer 2016

This month I’ll practice that on purpose, take a little time to be loved and see how it comes out.

I won’t disappear from here but I might slow. I’ll share some weekend links or not. I’ll wait on the Monday Prayers for a few weeks. I’ll practice listening.

For the first time in several years, I’m excited to be hosting a guest writer each week this summer (the first one comes on Thursday!) I know you’ll enjoy their words.

Of course I’ll be regularly sharing images on Instagram (I think photos are my love language) but maybe I’ll be otherwise quiet. I don’t know. We’ll see how this June wants to play.

Many of you have already received this, but my gift to you is an audio devotional called 7 Days of Still Moments. Listen to the short introduction here:

download a transcript of this audio 

It will run all summer – the day you sign up is your Day 1. It’s free and each day is less than 5 minutes. To start Day 1 today, enter your email here and I’ll do the rest. Let’s continue into summer gently, with a long, deep breath.