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Cara is a writer and speaker from Seattle, Washington. She is passionate about racial and social justice, as well as dinners around the table with those she loves. You can connect with her on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  1. One of my most visceral memories of the Pacific Northwest is of gorgeous ripe cherries, eaten in our mini-van seven years ago on a cross country trip with all four boys. Every time I eat cherries, I go back to that day when we were on the road and like you (and Annie D.) it was our job to make sure that creation did not “play to an empty house.”

  2. Cara,
    Thank you for such an inviting invitation to enjoy stepping out of the rut of routine and let ourselves go where the Spirit leads us. My children are grown, but I have to laugh, remembering when our yard became a swamp, because a garden hose provided hours of entertainment lol. I can just hear God whispering, “Loosen up a bit….I sent my son so you could have life and have it abundantly….here it is….take it.” I love the quote by Annie Dillard. So true that beauty and grace are ALWAYS being performed. Oh that I might slow down to be present! Beautiful!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  3. The beauty of summer is really indescribable. You appreciate more the nature that God created. Not that you don’t appreciate it come winter, but the scent of air brings such a relief to the spirit. I’m with you in enjoying heirloom vegetables every summer. Indeed, God’s grace is everywhere and sometimes we all need that short break to pause and awe the magnificent creation and moments He offer.
    It’s beautiful to welcome the day reading your post Cara. I enjoyed it.

  4. Cara, amen to that. All that. — I’m right there with you–trying to rest in His presence this summer. He’s meeting me there, and I pray He’s meeting you there as well. Taking the time to sense the “grace and beauty” that’s happening all around us is holy business. ((hug))

  5. Cara, thanks for validating thoughts of slowing down, being present, and looking up. Summer’s change of pace is welcomed. I’m still learning how to embrace it and ditch the guilt (because there’s always the temptation to look somewhere besides up), but your beautifully articulated post is such a gift. Thank you, thank you!

  6. Cara –

    You’ve managed to perfectly describe summer! And now I really want to grill out! 🙂

    I see GOD in the sunrises, they seem brighter to me during the summer. It’s his nudge for me to wake up and be grateful for the world around me. To look at the world each day with a fresh perspective. To enjoy sitting on my porch reading my books and being warmed by his love for us.

    It’s the little things that remind us each day of his love for us 🙂

  7. Cara,

    I’ve never been a fan of summer. I guess living in Florida it felt like summer most of the year. It is always good to let go of routine and be free to enjoy all that God has for us. For me though, fall is my palate of beauty and grace. Getting outside, basking in nature and the beauty that God created helps one really experience the true rest God wants for us.

    Blessings 🙂

  8. I love this….mainly because you’ve read and quoted Annie Dillard!!! 🙂 Also…revel in rest and relaxing in the beauty of all of God’s creation!

  9. Love your enthusiasm for summer, Cara, and your wisdom about the glory to be discovered when we simplify. One of my simple pleasures of summer is to watch the fireflies dance in the trees behind our house. I see God in the glowing.