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June 2021 In Review

Summer is here! It’s time to wrap up June, can you believe it?

These are the highlights from the month – so keep in mind that they are just that, the highs. This month certainly had challenges, busy days, and plenty of things to keep us on our knees. More about that at the end of the post.

My sister brought her boys down for an overnight visit so that we could hit the Greenville Zoo first thing in the morning. It was a good call – we enjoyed pleasant weather and a very uncrowded zoo.

These boys are just the cutest – and I love that we got a selfie with the giraffe!

Another weekend I was able to keep my nephews at our house while my sister and BIL went out for the evening. We had fun in the pool – but I’m sure they would say their favorite part of the evening was when Paul came home from work. They love him and it’s just so cute!

Paul and I have had fun with our #HotDogSummer2021 adventures, spending our date nights in search of the best hot dog in town! You can follow our adventures on Instagram – I have a highlight section to record our previous restaurant visits.

My parents were able to spend a weekend with us at the end of their sabbatical. They are so much fun to hang out with and are the most gracious house guests. I took them to several of my favorite local stores and restaurants that we aren’t able to hit on their usual trips.

They also got to join us for our local July 4th festivities, since those are held a weekend early. It was unseasonably cool and so pleasant out there – usually I’m dripping with sweat! We got there early and got a good seat before it filled up.

You just can’t beat the skydivers parachuting in with the American flag! It’s a beautiful sight.

This week I hit the halfway mark in my Bible reading plan – and so did you, if you’re reading along with me! I’m listening to The Joy of Fearing God on Audible, and one section lined up perfectly with the passage I had read the same morning. The author quoted this passage from 2 Chronicles 14 –

“Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, “Lord, there is no one besides you to help the mighty and those without strength. Help us, Lord our God, for we depend on you, and in your name we have come against this large army. Lord, you are our God. Do not let a mere mortal hinder you.”” 2 Chronicles 14:11

Jerry Bridges says this: “To depend on God continually is to pray continually. We should always be praying and we should always be giving thanks. Prayer is how we exercise conscious dependence on God. A conscious dependence on God is not only to be sustained throughout times of crisis, but it’s to be sustained throughout all the events and activities of our lives. As we grow in our increasing dependence on Him, we will experience the joy of fearing God.”

I’m thankful for the times this month that I was reminded of those truths – there is no one but God who can help those without strength. There truly is such joy (and peace, and satisfaction, and more) in fearing God.

One of my favorite things about the Bible reading plan I chose is that it takes you through the Psalms all year long. I love these verses that I read this month:

Yet I am always with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me up in glory. Who do I have in heaven but you? And I desire nothing on earth but you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever. (Psalm 73:23-26)

“Weakness has a way of reminding us of our needs, just as strength leads toward autonomy. We gain things in surrendering to God that we would never have otherwise. He can be trusted, and He’s where the joy is!” (The Bible Recap)

Don’t Miss These Blog Posts from June:

I’m taking next week off from blogging, but I’ll be back on July 12th!

I hope you had a wonderful month and that you had the opportunity to exercise your dependence on God throughout whatever circumstances you faced, good or bad. ❤

9 thoughts on “June 2021 In Review

  1. What a fun month! You got in lots of good adventures with your nephews. That giraffe picture cracked me up. We did the same thing with our recent zoo visit – got there early. It was nice and pretty pleasant. Then we headed home when it got hot. I’m glad your sister and your parents were able to come visit you. I love your mom’s summer hat! Enjoy your blog break 🙂

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    1. The boys are SO compliant for pictures right now and it’s just the cutest! 🙂 I’m so glad we got to spend a couple weekends with them before their summer gets busy and before they start real school in the fall.
      I know, I love that hat on my mom too. Thanks friend!

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  2. Whitney, you are such a treasure! I love the joy you find in your life and your godly example in the challenges too. I’m so thankful to “know” you 🙂

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  3. I’m with you, I can hardly believe June has come and gone already! But, if I know my sweet friend Whitney well, I’m guessing you’re happy we’ve got one of the hot summer months down and just a couple more to go before we get to a nice cool fall! 😉 Your nephews are too cute! I love seeing you living your best Aunt Life with them! 😀 So happy for you that you were able to enjoy a sweet weekend with your parents and that they were there for your local 4th festivities! Great Jerry Bridges quote and I wholeheartedly agree with you – there is such joy, peace, etc. in fearing God. Leaving your blog with a light heart today! Thanks for sharing this wonderful post! Wishing you and Paul a fantastic 4th!

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    1. Well I don’t know about where you are…but there’s nothing nice and cool about fall in South Carolina. 🙂 We’re just getting warmed up here – but you’re right – every day is one day closer to cool weather! 🙂 Happy 4th to the COC fam! ❤

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      1. I’m so glad I popped back by to catch your reply! Our temps start dropping quite a bit here in the fall, so I guess I hadn’t realized that you’re still seeking cover then too! lol. But, yes, every day closer to cool weather is a good day! 😀 Have a great week, sweet friend! xoxo!

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