Hello, June!

June is here, spring is in full swing (except for the 55 degrees yesterday…we’ll ignore that) and it is glorious! It is these kinds of days that I find myself longing for in the dead of winter. Yet, somehow, once spring and summer arrive, it feels so easy to take for granted the beautiful colors of the flowers, the green leaves, the blue sky, and the balmy temperatures. It becomes a given that we will wake up to the sun shining, the breeze blowing and a new day full of possibility. But instead of taking it for granted, this is something for which we must constantly be grateful, reminded every single moment of the beautiful life we’ve been given by grace. Gratitude is a never-ending pursuit that can be easy to forget.

It is most difficult to find gratitude in the busy days when one thing after another seems to be going wrong, and all I want to do at the end of the day is whine about it or surrender to sleep and forget it all happened. But those are the days we are called to enjoy, to stop and savor the moments — even the challenging ones. To say “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” That was my favorite song in preschool and I still sing it to Cormac most days, as much a reminder to him as myself to thank God for everything He has given us, because each day is a gift. I usually follow that song with “Rise and shine, and give God the glory”! Another simple reminder to serve God with our days and remember our call to glorify Him in each task.

So, let’s kick off June with that thought and some pretty calendars to remind us of the beauty all around. I took this photo of the beautiful peonies blooming in our yard and it turned out to be a fantastic  inspiration for this month’s calendar, as well as an art print for the latest Minted Design Challenge (check it out here)!

Photography: Margaret McCarthy

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