Mid-Summer Reflections

Not everything goes as planned. Have you heard or experienced that before? Its on a minor level as far as this blog is concerned, but that’s been the case this summer. Since I am on vacation from the stress and fast pace of teaching, I fully intended to write and share a great deal in the 8 weeks that I have off, both here and with a new book I’m writing. Well, so much for that.

It’s not that I’ve been doing nothing all summer. In fact, at the halfway point of my break, it’s been the perfect mix of peace and relaxation and fun and accomplishment. I should have a lot to write about since I have spent significant time developing my spiritual muscles and feel very close to God. Sometimes I feel like things don’t happen fast enough, but I am continually learning ways to speed up that process. I’ve also been able to travel twice in the past two weeks. One weekend at a reunion with college friends in the Adirondack mountains, and this past weekend on a family trip to New York City. Both expensive, yet priceless experiences. Other rewarding experiences have been the continual development of the golf game I started last summer, and responding to a friend’s challenge to learn German together. So far I’ve learned about 300 words in a month, and definitely feel like I can already use the language in a very minor way. Sehr gut, Joe!!

I can’t say I’ve learned a a whole lot of new ideas, but the great thing about this past month is that I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on and review what I already do know. And that is, that whenever I desire to talk to God and learn more about Him, He is there to help and guide me. Also, life is lived on the inside. I’ve shared it hundreds of times, and I’ve been reminded again in excess that the quality of life (thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs) on the inside are eventually what I experience on the outside in the exact quantity and quality.

I hope that, whether this is a peaceful or extra busy time for you, you can take some time to shape your own thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs to create joyful experiences and manifest excellence in your own life. Enjoy the blessings 🙂

3 Responses to Mid-Summer Reflections

  1. juliearahm says:

    All things may not go as you had planned, however everything has gone according to God’s plan. Like you, I have the best of intentions, things I hope to accomplish, take another step forward towards my goals, dreams, aspirations in life during these weeks we are not in school. For me, I worked summer school and just finished yesterday.

    A few weeks off in between school sessions, keeping busy with family, going places and doing things, I know I haven’t devoted enough quiet time to myself to be at peace with the Lord. Let’s just say our time together was very impromptu, no time set aside or scheduled. We made the best of time together, during difficult moments and guidance in creating beautiful things.

    At all times, He is with me, growing in me as He is in you. We are growing our spiritual muscles by setting our focus on Him. This is just a beautiful and bittersweet process of letting go of old habits and thought patterns and letting God take over and do what He does best. I’ve learned to seek Him out and ask of Him what He wants me to do. After speaking to Him and patiently waiting, answers come along. Often times it’s His peace and calming presence I feel knowing I made the conscious decision to bring all things to Him, my Father, my Friend, my Teacher, my Guide.

    Life is about the quality, the meaningful experiences you have. Everyday a step closer to becoming all who He created you to be.

    Auf wiedersehen (until next time anyway)

    • joedalio says:

      As always, I appreciate your excellent words. I can write another full article based on the gems that you have provided here.

      You’re right that things often don’t go as planned. However, I find that through those times we can learn lessons that maybe we didn’t expect to learn. Or realize just how valuable our time with God is.

      The great thing is God is there for us whenever we decide to come back to him, no matter how long it’s been. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, and I love how God constantly reminds me of that. Just treasure each time you have with God whenever and however it is. Like you say, quality is the key.

      Once again please know how much I appreciate your excellent words here, and I certainly hope you are enjoying your summer break 🙂

  2. juliearahm says:

    I look forward to your future writings given the words spoken and resonated with you!

    I need to keep reminding myself any amount of time taken with God is time we’ll spent. He knows exactly what I need at precisely the right moment. My job is to set aside time and invite Him in as much as possible ❤️🙏🏼❤️

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