summer joy

The flowers in our garden-yard are displaying their glorious colors – a riotous jumble that brings my heart joy. The house wren sings his delightful melody, causing my heart to praise the One who made him! The breeze cools my skin and gratitude wells up from deep within.

I just returned from a bike ride around Zorinsky Lake. What a gorgeous day it is!  I’m so thankful to God for eyes to see the beauty of a shimmering lake; for ears to hear the song of the wrens and a nose to breathe in the captivating aroma of fields awash with purple-pink clover! I’m grateful for a body that can once again pedal and race my way up and down hills as I circumnavigate the lake. It’s fabulous to be alive!

I know it’s been 5 years since my last head-on collision with cancer, but I still marvel at the gift of life every day! Each endowment of 24 hours is time to be treasured. Even as I carry laundry up and down the stairs, or walk to the mailbox without needing an arm to lean on; as I carry in bags of groceries and do the myriad mundane tasks of life, I thank God that I am able to do all these things! I thank him that I’m alive to do them!

I’ve heard it said that life is what you make it. I’ve also heard the saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” I really dislike that saying. It’s annoying.  But I think the intended meaning is that no matter what your life circumstances happen to be, there is joy to be found someplace. There is some thing or place or person or little detail that can bring delight to one’s day, regardless of the circumstances. There is joy to be found in each and every day, every season of your life!

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8 Responses to “summer joy”

  1. Dorothy Cemore Says:

    Although I do not know you personally You have been a breath of fresh air to me and I particularly liked your Mothers day message this year. Just knowing all you have been through and how you have used it to get closer to the Lord and become so thankful for so many things that many of us (me I know) often take for granted. May you continue to inspire us at Trinity for many years with your love and gift of words especially writing. Long overdue is to tell you how your childrens book about Christmas was so meaningful to me this last Christmas. I read it to my grandkids with my daughter and son in law present (their aunt and uncle not mom and dad but anyway my granddaughter liked it so well she wanted me to read it again and I cherished the time together as being one of the highlights of my Christmas this year and this year brought quite a few so thank you for sharing your life love and talents with us. Dorothy Cemore

  2. Kim Bachman Says:

    Kris…I too just ran around Lake Z & was praising Him for His beauty that I get to enjoy! I am tickled that you get to experience the same joys as many others. Let’s keep doing it another 55 years!!!!

  3. Shireen Eldridge Says:

    Thanks for that reminder!

  4. Karen Says:

    Kris: Doug and I were just talking about your cancer. That for the 1st time Pastor and you are leaving, with only rest, relaxation, and letting
    God move. It is amazing how God is giving back your strength and
    your stamina. God has brought you to a time in your life to teach us all
    how precious each moment of ever day is. I love your blog, each time
    you write, God reveals something new to me.

    Keep them coming.

  5. Claudia Kaser Says:

    Reading your comments was a great way to begin the day….. just before heading out for a 4 mile walk with precious friends in God’s beautiful creation! Blessings!

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  7. Valerie Bosselman Says:

    Enjoy the day!

  8. Jan Says:

    I’m thankful for you too!

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