Snowball flowers on a summer morning

@JeanneTakenaka

Happy July, Everyone!

I hope you had a relaxing Independence Day celebration, though I suspect it looked different from past years.

My husband spent the last number of weeks working out of state, so I’ve decided to take a two-week blogging break to spend some time with family. I’m sharing a few glimpses of my summer so far. I hope you’ll join me back here in two weeks!

And, if you are looking for something to read and focus on Jesus this summer, I’m giving away a 28-day devotional book called, Finding God’s Presence in Everyday Living to my newsletter subscribers. Click the book cover below for more information.

Meme with the words: "Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long." ~Psalm 25:4-5 on a backdrop of sunrise colors silhouetting tall trees in a park

This is a passage I continually come back to. I love that, when we are teachable, God guides us. He reminds us He is our hope when days look bleak.

A close up of a summer daisy

I love these happy little flowers. Daisies are opening up all over our neighborhood right now.

Summer- a baby bunny trying to hide in grasses

I often see small animals on my morning walks. One morning, this baby hopped on the dirt trail I was on, and then tried to become invisible. He almost succeeded too.

Small purple flowers sporting rain drops on a summer morning

I’ve discovered I love photographing close-up photos of small things. And when a flower has raindrops on it? Even better. The droplets are such a reminder of God’s refreshing love for us.

An outdoor scene of a Bible, coffee, and a basket outdoors on a summer morning

After years of wanting to have my quiet times with Jesus on our back deck, I finally thought to move our table away from the house so I could raise the umbrella. Listening to birdsong is a perfect accompaniment to meditating on God’s word.

A small summery yellow flower close-up

These small yellow flowers have popped up everywhere this summer. I’m captivated by their swirling lines and multi-layered petals.

A rolling cloudy-gray sky

Colorado skies are powerful. Brilliant blue skies or clouds that seem to roll across the expanse . . . they all remind me of God’s power and His creativity.

A photo of a double-rainbow after a summer rain

This double-rainbow is one of the clearest I’ve ever seen. They are truly a symbol of hope. When storms roll into our lives, we can be assured they won’t last forever. And we know God sees us. His rainbows are a reminder He’s always with us.

Tell me, what has been a highlight of your summer so far?

Click to Tweet: God reminds us He is our hope when days look bleak.

*****Life can be hard. Do you ever need a little encouragement on this journey? I’d love to walk with you. I’m excited to share a 28-day devotional ebook with my newsletter subscribers. Join the journey by clicking the image to receive this gift and uplifting thoughts monthly.*****

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