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  • Writer's pictureBeth Hildebrand

A summer confession and dare

Confession: I enjoy summer with days lighter longer, seeing lightning bugs at dusk, picking a ripe – bigger-than-your-palm tomato off the bush in our back yard and eating it on a piece of bread with a little mayo, hearing the recorded children’s songs in the distance becoming louder as kids holler for some money as the ice cream van approaches, along with some vacation time and reading a good book.

It can be a refreshing break from the routine I’m used to the other 10 months of the year. Most of that is a good thing, but there’s one thing that’s not so great about it: In the summer I struggle…

{I’m still taking a little rest from blogging, but today I’m writing for SMC Women here, if you’d like to finish reading my story. And even though I’m taking some time to rest, I can’t stop giving thanks and giving God the glory for them all.}

Still taking the Joy Dare and giving God thanks for these…

#2101 organizing an “outreach” and coordinating our street cookout for first time


#2102 getting to meet neighbors for the first time

#2103 broccoli salad

#2104 inviting neighbor to read Restless with me

#2105 her accepting the invitation and asking if a friend can join in!

#2106 God’s perfect timing…she stayed on my mind for a couple of months and she’s been praying for a mentor. We finally meet face to face.

#2107 kids having fun on a golf cart driving around the neighborhood

#2108 the butterfly in the grass


#2109 the text from a neighbor afterwards saying thanks for the cookout and included 1 Peter 4:8-10

#2110 kids having fun at the 5th grade celebration


#2111 photo booths

#2112 dancing on a field


#2113 husband playing a game on daughter’s field day at school

#2114 watching kids squeal with delight when sprayed with water

#2115 for the many ways the Holy Spirit speaks to me and has been ministering to me

#2116 opening the Bible asking God for a verse for encouragement. I opened to Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go. I will counsel you and watch over you.” It.Was.Perfect. I.So.Needed.That.Reminder.


#2117 gardenias blooming

#2118 days getting closer to when sis leaves for China!

#2119 friends back to small group who have been gone for so long

#2120 our small group

#2121 the lady beside me at Chick Fil a who told me her story about moving to a new state.

#2122 Helping plan the Splash party to celebrate the past 6 years together.


#2123 pool party for daughter’s Splash class…together for 6 years and counting.

#2124 so grateful and appreciative of daughter’s 5th grade teacher

#2125 hard eucharisteo (thanksgiving) – the word WAIT showing up everywhere, every day…and mostly used the way telling me to.



#2126 Hearing Lysa TerKeurst interview on Compel Training talk about being a writer. She said not to give up writing like I said I was doing last night.

#2127 wearing sweatpants and a jacket for the morning walk on June 2

#2128 Knowing God pursues me


#2129 Smelling gardenia while making lunches for kids on the last day of EOG

#2130 Seeing the to do list get smaller and smaller

#2131 seeing friends from years ago unexpectedly at local restaurant

#2132 My husband’s parents giving us the Christmas gift a week with family at the beach being used!

#2133 fried shrimp

#2134 Psalm 19 on the lifeguard stand at 6am


#2135 digging holes in the sand


#2136 afternoon beach sea shell walks with daughter


#2137 family beach photos





#2138 looking up to my 14 yr son (and we’re on level sand)


#2139 visiting with college friend


#2140 building sandcastles

#2141 rainbow over the ocean…and capturing a picture of our kids and a sailboat in front of it


#2142 early morning sunrises with Jesus on the beach





#2143 watching sunrise with my husband on Father’s Day

#2144 so grateful for my Dad

#2145 so grateful for my husband, the father of our children

#2146 so grateful for Abba

#2147 laughing so hard at beach game night

#2148 seeing dolphin jump completely out of the ocean 3 times (boy I wish I got a pic of that)

#2149 guys going to see fighter jets

#2150 huge red moon rising over the ocean

#2151 My sis and her family got to hug and hold their new, adopted son for the first time!!!!


#2152 Face Timing with them in China!

#2153 sitting down after timing at the summer swim meet that lasted for hours

#2154 taking niece and nephew to the Children’s Museum

#2155 Dad and niece painting


#2156 loving rivalry


#2157 celebrating my dad’s 70th birthday

#2158 my dad’s smile

#2159 the smile-lines surround his eyes the prove his smiles

#2160 his quiet spirit

#2161 his love for our family


#2162 husband grilling burgers and making homemade potato chips for dad’s birthday dinner

#2163 making golf cake with daughter



#2164 niece and nephew spending a few days with us


#2165 going to eat snow balls on a 100* summer afternoon

#2166 finishing the book “A Million Little Ways: Uncovering the Art You Were Made to Live” by Emily P. Freeman. Words cannot describe how beautiful, challenging, artistic, heart-stirring, tear-making and confirming that book is for me…and anyone who reads it. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND reading it.

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