Thankful for Summer

Although it is May here in Colorado, the weather is still reminiscent of winter. As I write this, it is about 40 degrees, sleeting and overcast.

For a Texas girl, this is quite unusual. I can’t help but long for summer. Those three blissful months of heat and sunshine are all I can think about lately. I can’t wait for long drives with the windows down, cookouts with friends at a local park, and nice refreshing afternoons spent in a pool. But I have to stop and think:

Long drives = car

Cookouts = food

Pool = clean water (enough for me to swim in!)

group of laughing boys playing in the water

As I look forward to my favorite summer activities, I am reminded that my life is so different from the majority of the world’s. I don’t feel guilty (at least I try not to), but I do take a moment to stop and think about:

  • How thankful I am for my life — my experiences, friendships, opportunities and family.
  • How grateful I am for Compassion’s ministry. All over the world, we are developing and empowering children so that they and their families are relieved from worrying about food, water, education, etc. and can stop and enjoy “summer.”

As summer approaches and you anticipate all the fun things you have planned, take a moment to be thankful.

They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. — Psalm 145:7 (NIV)

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  1. Kees Boer May 14, 2011

    I am very thankful for you Shaina, especially organizing a bunch of people to pray for my mom. Now, I’m about to go to Bolivia, for the summer, where it will be winter… But actually living in Florida, I try to avoid the summers here too. 🙂

    1. Shaina May 18, 2011

      Enjoy your time there! If you visit BO137, let me know! My little Angela is there.

      1. Kees Boer May 18, 2011

        I will Shaina, I used to have a child in that project…. But she moved to 433….. If you could email me her childnumber, I will see what I can do, maybe I can take some photos…. but I’m probably not going to be at that project….. But might be very close.. There are so many there in El Alto, especially around there. 🙂

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