It’s officially summer according to me. June 1st is the starting line to summer in my head. The kids still have a few days of school left and the solstice calendar won’t declare it for a few more weeks, but today is my go day.
To kick it off I’m sharing the Hunt & Host quote of the month and a fresh little vignette on display in my home.
We have a huge island in my kitchen and it’s one of the areas I decorate and re-decorate on a regular basis. It’s a fun spot to throw in some seasonal flair or the latest thrift store finds. Some of my latest thrifting adventures have turned up small little bits and pieces. I haven’t been buying a ton of big items like furniture lately because I’m on the hunt for very specific things and I have most of my house furnished in a way I like for now (that will change!). My eyes have been draw to little knick knacks.
The green bottles that drew me in on my last Round Top trip.
The dice that were a bonus surprise in the bottom of a canister from a garage sale.
The oyster shells we collected last summer at the beach. Our happy place in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It’s also where the picture from this month’s quote was taken.
If you haven’t listened to the song, go do it. Right now. Well, finish reading this then go listen. 🙂 I put a link to the song for you at the bottom.
The line about maintaining regret gets me every time.
Maintaining is a labor heavy word. Think about maintaining your yard. Maintaining your house. Even maintaining the hair on your legs! It means continually keeping up, providing support, providing the upkeep for something. It’s work.
It can be exhausting and at the very least an energy or brain drain.
Just think about how often we MAINTAIN regret. We feed, nurture and support something in the past. We regret the job we didn’t take, the words we said or didn’t say, the way we behaved, the would have, should have, could haves. Like a broken record our thoughts go round of how things would be different “if only”. Hours, days, maybe years and sleepless nights maintaining some moment in time we can never change.
All that time can be better spent. When we lay regret, shame and our junk at the feet of Jesus we can be free from the heavy burden of maintaining the past. With all that free time and lightened load we can think on things that are good and pure (Philippians 4:8)…and things we can actually do something about. Things like helping a neighbor, speaking loving words to your man, writing a note to a friend, reading the bible, chasing God sized dreams or just walking in freedom. God already knows every regret you hold in your heart. He simply doesn’t take what you don’t give him. He isn’t a thief. He won’t steal away your regretful thoughts, he wants them freely given to Him. His love will cover anything you hand over. He is just waiting to pour his grace and mercy all over whatever it is that’s playing on repeat in your mind.
This month I hope you’ll use this quote as a reminder to let go and lay it down. You can share this quote, save as a screen saver, pin it to your facebook feed. Whatever works for you. I’d appreciate you letting others know where you found it so they can enjoy it too! Here’s to a happier, lighter summer full of love!
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