Summertime, Summertime, Sum-Sum-Summertime

     It’s definitely summer.  We are in the midst of a heat wave.  Temperatures topped out here at 106 yesterday, down from Tuesday’s 108.  Today we’re expecting about 104…..it’s a cooling trend!  Our valley is also filled with smoke.  It is filtering in from the wildfires raging all around us, dropping down into the valley where it is trapped by our hot, windless weather.  We are staying inside and running the air conditioner, both for our health as well as for comfort.  We venture out only long enough to tend to the necessary things of our homestead.  The animals are fed and watered and properly housed for the night.  Watering and irrigating must continue without fail in this heat, and we harvest to avoid losing what the Lord has provided.  Though the pool is crystal clear and inviting, the air is just too nasty to be outside for any length of time.  I am longing for the Lord to send us a lovely breeze from the coast to cool us down and to refresh our air.  It will come in His time.

     Time.  It’s a factor in all of our lives.  How we spend our time reflects, very much, who we are.  It has been my joy to encourage you to not only wisely spend your days, but also your hours and even your very minutes as you serve the Lord and your family.  I now find myself in a place where I must evaluate carefully how I am spending my own hours and minutes. 

     Our garden is producing wonderfully, and the trees in our orchard are filled with fruit.  The grapes in our vineyard are hanging in large clusters, and the grapes on the clusters grow larger day by day.  We are still picking blueberries and strawberries.  The Lord has blessed us richly this year!  However, working up the fruits and vegetables as they come into my home takes time, as does the watering and irrigation to keep them growing and producing.  My home still requires the same amount of attention from me as it always has, and we continue to homeschool right on through the summer months.  Summer brings more in the way of late family nights watching a movie together, as we have been in this heat and smoke; and more time spent outside running in the cool of the evening and playing with the dog as the sun sets as we will do once again when the heat and smoke have left us. 

     I have not been spending as much time in God’s Word as I should.  I take a pass on making a quick trip to town with my husband on his day off (He brought me back a big ol’ Coke anyway, bless him!).  Homeschooling assignments wait too long to be corrected, and there are stacks of books that my sons have read that I have yet to enter into their records.  Lesson plans for the next week are written on the fly rather than in the thoughtful way they should be.  Sewing projects languish.  Home decorating projects simmer on the back burner.  Long term planning for my home and school this fall remains, dangerously, in the memory banks of my brain, rather than safely written down.  The books in my reading basket collect dust.  Too often rooms in my home are left untended as well.  I have rejected opportunities to share with other women in real life settings.  And this blog……….the blog sits untouched, too. 

     As I evaluate how to manage my days, even my hours and minutes, for the remainder of the summer, I must carefully choose where to invest my time.  Oh, it’s not difficult, really, when I remember that the Lord has carefully laid out my priorities for me in His Word.  God.  Husband.  Children (and grandchildren).  Home.  Church/Ministry.  Everything else.  He is so faithful to us!  He does provide enough hours in the day to do what He has called us to do.  It is we who insist that we can do more.  More?  More than God calls us to do?  Why on earth would we even want to do more than He calls us to?  Pride, perhaps?  Love of self in wanting it all, perhaps?  Lack of trust in God?  Any way you look at it, it is sin to live outside of God’s calling on your life. 

     It is certainly counterproductive to try to do more than God has ordained possible by the laws of nature and creation that He set into place in the beginning.  I’m here to tell you, ladies, it cannot be done!  Something will suffer.  It may not be readily apparent, but you will one day realize where your pushing to accomplish more than you are called to do  has lead.  Your walk will suffer.  Your marriage will suffer.  Your children will suffer.  Your health, home, church life.  Something important, something that the Lord has put in your care, will suffer.  Don’t let that happen in your life!     

     My time of evaluation is at an end.  My priorities are clear, and though they have not gotten too far out of order, the very fact that they have even begun to become disordered is enough to call me to pull back, regroup and begin again.  Spending more time in His Word, in prayer and praise, directing my thoughts toward Him at all times.  Being available to my husband and caring for his needs and the things he has delegated to me.  Caring for my children, nurturing them, directing them, training them, and once again making homeschooling the priority it should be.  Making sure there is plenty of time for my grown daughters, too, as well as for my grandbabies.  Caring for my home, including our homestead.  Being available to assist my husband with his responsiblities at church, making meals for the ill or hurting, ministering to the younger woman as I can in the spirit of Titus 2.  Carefully fitting in anything else that requires (or thinks it requires) my time.     

     There is a place in my life for the Copper’s Wife blog.  The Lord has done some wonderful things here through it, and it has been exciting to watch!  Lord willing I will return to it again soon when I can give it the time and energy it requires.  I miss you all already!  As always……

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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38 comments to Summertime, Summertime, Sum-Sum-Summertime

  • You are such an inspiration to us all…even in your absence, because we know you are doing what you NEED to do! :sunny:

    A wonderful Titus 2 woman once told me to keep my priorities in order. She is following her own example here today. I am praying we will see you VERY soon.:wave:

  • Reading between the lines, it looks like you are closing your blog for now, but leaving open the possibility of a future return, if the Lord wills.

    Yours is the first blog I visit each time that I read blogs, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed yours. Though we are very close in age, I’ve still learned a lot from you, and I appreciate that very much.

    Even though I don’t know you in real life, I feel like I know you and your family a little bit through your blog. Your absence will leave a void, but I do understand the proper priorities for those of us who are Christians. It’s so refreshing to see someone actually practicing those!

    Thank you for the Titus 2 ministry that has gone on here. I hope you’ll get a chance to resume writing in the future.

    May the Lord continue to richly bless you and yours, and everything your hand finds to do… 🙂

  • Oh Cheryl,

    It sounds like you are closing your blog. If that is what the Good Lord wants you to do it would be a waste of time and your testimony to not do it. You have been an incredible comfort, inspiration and blessings to me and you and your family have been in my prayers with the wildfires all around you. I know you are under God’s covering.

    I hope you come back soon. I thank you so much, I have no Titus 2 Woman in my life and must become one for my two dear daughters. You have helped much with that. You once emailed me and I appreciated that so much. I hope you got my return email. Much has turned out well since them. I have followed your example and God has blessed my often misguided and feeble efforts.

    Thanks to you and your family for sharing with those of us who don’t have families. You all are a blessing to us.

    Many Blessings 🙂

    Joy Gracie

  • Looking forward to your future return. Asking the Lord to richly bless your endeavors as you seek to serve Him in all that you do. I’ve been blessed by your writings, and would sorely miss you should you leave for good.

    Melanie in KS

  • I know you will return when it is time. I also know how one must step away for awhile. I think that is what God allowed me to do by allowing my computer to CRASH. I was without regular use of a computer for almost two months, posting only when I could borrow my son’s computer.

    You just have to step away for awhile and get refreshed and let the rest of your life get caught up a bit.

    I hope you will still come by and visit me. :love:

  • I completely understand where you are Cheryl! I wanted to thank you for keeping this blog up and running, it is such a source of inspiration to me, you are a real Titus 2 lady and I am always blessed by my visits here. It’s good to see your all ok, with all these fires your often brought to mind. Please take care and pop in now and then to let us know that your all doing well and safe.:heartbeat:

  • I completely understand where you are Cheryl! I wanted to thank you for keeping this blog up and running, it is such a source of inspiration to me, you are a real Titus 2 lady and I am always blessed by my visits here. It’s good to see your all ok, with all these fires your often brought to mind. Please take care and pop in now and then to let us know that your all doing well and safe.:heartbeat:

  • Hi Cheryl, I just spent some time catching up with you. I completely understand. Your priorities are where they should be. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us. You’ve always been such an inspiration to me and I’ve always enjoyed reading about your day. I think all your readers will be looking forward to your return!!

    Manuela

  • Well, we’ll be here when you get back!!!

    :goodjob:

  • I understand! And know that you’ll be missed ; )

    Here’s to a bountiful summer full of God’s blessings.

  • Oh, dear sister in Christ – I can so relate to your post. We also homeschool through the summer and I am not as organized this summer as I would like to be. It’s terribly hot here, too, and I find that on top of a busy schedule, the heat also saps my energy. I need to sit and prioritize, also, according to God’s Word and am going to do that very thing tonight and tomorrow.

    I hope the heat and smoke leave you soon. We had a wildfire here last week that filled our valley with smoke and, honestly, it makes me half sick. I’m so thankful that we’ve had some rain and that the fire is under control. It has cleared out our valley really nicely. I’ll be praying the same for you!

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts! They truly inspired me and I know God used your post to speak to me.

    God bless you ~ Julie

  • Hey Cheryl! Re-evaluating priorities in light of God’s Word is ALWAYS a good thing.

    Now, may I make a suggestion? Why can’t your sons fill out their reading records themselves?

    I hope the cool breeze we are getting right now has found its way to your home, as well! Hurray for open windows!!!!! :yes:

  • Oh, dear friend ~ I do so understand! Enjoy all the abundance God has poured into your life. Hugs to you!

  • You don’t ever have to explain or excuse not blogging!  I know that you are a very very busy woman!  I don’t comment much, but I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now.  I think we all know you are busy.  So much going on at your house!  I know without you even telling me!  So many very good things going on!  When I come by, and there isn’t a new post, I just know that you are doing what the Lord has called you to do, and when you can, you’ll be by to chat!  Blessings on your home and wonderful family!

    Monique

  • You don’t ever have to explain or excuse not blogging!  I know that you are a very very busy woman!  I don’t comment much, but I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now.  I think we all know you are busy.  So much going on at your house!  I know without you even telling me!  So many very good things going on!  When I come by, and there isn’t a new post, I just know that you are doing what the Lord has called you to do, and when you can, you’ll be by to chat!  Blessings on your home and wonderful family!

    Monique

  • Sweet Cheryl ~ The Lord is *so* good to those who wait upon Him for they will be strengthened (Is 40:31). May you be strengthened at this time and experienced His delightful refreshing touch upon your life.

    Gentle hug and heavenward prayer <><

  • Yep.  Missing you!  Thankfully I can catch up with you in other ways.  May the Lord continue to bless your efforts!

    Big hugs! 

  • We all understand & will miss you!!  Looking forward for your return when the time is right!!

    God Bless,  Gretchen

  • Cheryl — I have a bookmark that reads “Absolute Blogs.” There are only 5 on that list. You are first. And some days, when I only have a minute, your blog is the only one I read.  Why have I never commented and told you before now what a blessing you and your family is to me? I love you! and I have had a great deal of respect and admiration for all you accomplish to the glory of God. We are the same age… I would embrace you as a dear best friend if I knew you at church or in the neighborhood.  We like the same books, hobbies, and *recipes*. I will miss your dependable posts… I will miss your family… and I will really miss you.  I will remember you in prayer and ask God to give you a special relief and release from blogging while you honor Him in your minutes and hours.  But I’m also gonna ask that He will one day release you again to continue to teach, exhort, and inspire those of us who search for kindred spirits to walk alongside in our calling as keepers in our homes.    

  • over 2 months ago now I did this very same thing as I felt God has been drawing me closer to HIM… 

  • Cheryl,
    I like to thank you for sharing your life with me. You have blessed and encourage me and so many others. I shall never forget your ministry. God has been very good. I pray and hope you shall return, however taking care of your treasures is a top priority. Thank you for reminding me, that I have been doing what I have been called to do and it pleases Our Lord. I shall miss seeing you every morning, exhorting and teaching me to be like the Proverbs 31 women. Stay close to Him who is able.
    God Bless you and your precious family.
    “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” Proverbs 24:3

    HsAgape
    Delia

  • just coming along from Ricksfarmwife, and saying Hello to you from the UK….

  • :sunny: Missing you and wanted to wish you a blessed weekend!

  • :sunny: Missing you and wanted to wish you a blessed weekend!

  • LOL, I can so relate.  I just put up a teaching from our Friday Bible studies, where our pastor talked to us about maximizing our time – lists, etc.  For me, lately a lot has slid by because we too have oppressive heat – but no airconditioning and the heat just wicks it out of me.  I pray you stay ok with the wildfires and that your livestock are ok in the mdist of that.  I suspect you get the important things done, and at some point you will catch up.

    Heather

  • Just popping in to say hello and hope that as is well at your home and to offer a thank you. I noticed you did Horizons math with your Will and decided to give it a shot with Tina and I am very happy that I did. Hope to see you back here once things slow down a bit at your home, our garden is now producing and I can see how busy I will be when it really gets going!

  • Just popping in to say hello and hope that as is well at your home and to offer a thank you. I noticed you did Horizons math with your Will and decided to give it a shot with Tina and I am very happy that I did. Hope to see you back here once things slow down a bit at your home, our garden is now producing and I can see how busy I will be when it really gets going!

  • Just dropping by to check in on you. I pray all is well at home with your lovely family.

  • Copper’s Wife,

    I did not realize it until now that you have closed your blog for a season. However long that season will be I just don’t know. I have been very blessed to have the teachings of a Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 woman (you). I am a little bit sad but at the same time I understand you must put the Lord and your family first. God bless you for looking well to the ways of your household. In his name Michelle

  • Just a note to say you’re thought of so sweetly, you’re missed, you’re regarded, admired and respected.

    Bless your day, Cheryl. :o)

  • Hey!  Just wanted to say I’m missing you too, though I totally understand.

    Congratulations on becoming a grandma again!  

    God bless.  I’m praying for ya.

    Jenn

  • Missing your posts very much!  Hope that all is well with you and your family.

  • I was wondering why I had not received an update on new entries from your blog!  I can completely understand though. 

    I pray that you and your family have been having a wonderfully blessed summer!  :heartbeat:

    I look forward to your return, whenever that may be! :sunny:

    ~Kathy

  • We moved to a new state, and when I am finally back online I figured out why I hadn’t seen an update from you. Ah. Such a very good reason. Praying that you will be able to bless the people in your real life the way I have felt blessed by visiting you here.

    Take care of your family and remember that we love you as well. You always have a friendly place to go if you are ever in my neck of the woods. 🙂 I will miss your updates.

    Blessings
    Melody L

  • Cheryl, thanks for stopping by ~ it is always so nice to hear from you.  This sounds like a very busy season for you!  I’m feeling busy here myself with all that the garden brings, and I am not even homeschooling anymore.  I hope life is back in balance for you soon, and that you get that cool coastal breeze 🙂

    Take care,

    Deb ~ homespun living

  • From reading the comments of others, it sounds like you’ve closed down your blog. Is this true? I’d love to hear, so I don’t keep checking to see if you’ve written something new. 🙂

    Blessings,

    Kitten

  • I hope you and your family are having a wonderful summer! I keep checking in to see if you have started posting again, so I thought I would let you know that you are missed here in the blogging world.

    Yvonne :o)

  • Cheryl-I was just thinking about you and wondering how you are doing. I hope you have been enjoying the summer with your family 🙂