Summer Solstice Otherwise Known First Day of Summer

Some refer to today as the longest day of the year – to be more correct it is the day with the most sunlight!

It’s more about what happens astronomically than the temperatures because we all know summer temperatures in Texas start in May phenomenon that brings the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere (and the shortest night).

The 2018 summer solstice in the northern hemisphere will occur on June 21 at 6:07 a.m. EDT, about 45 minutes after sunrise on the East Coast but before dawn across most of the U.S.

It’s National Selfie Day!

How many “takes” do you take before you actually post a selfie?

Tips for taking a better selfie:

  • Light is king – avoid shadows
  • Smile like you mean it
  • It’s all in the angle – hold the phone so that the bottom of it is level with your eyes.  Furthermore, you probably shouldn’t stare directly into the camera. Most people don’t look their best straight-on. Turn to the side a little bit but not to the point where it’s a full-on profile.
  • Instead of a selfie that an”us-ie” pictures with friends and family make for the best memories!
  • Take more than 47 shots LOL the more you take the better odds you will like one
  • Don’t overthink it or be overcritical! Enjoy!

Learn To Forgive

Unforgiveness doesn’t punish the person who hurt you – it keeps you from moving on to what God wants for your life.  It works like a prison and holds YOU captive!  Give yourself the freedom to let go and move on.

In the Bible, Joseph had many people to blame and lots of reasons to be angry but he chose to forgive.

But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place?
 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. 21 So, therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:19-21

Ugliest Dog Day

Ugliest Dog Day on June 20 celebrates the pups out there with a face only a mother could love. But when it comes to man’s best friend, is there really any dog that can’t be deemed adorable? We honor the facially challenged ones on June 20, Ugliest Dog Day. What started as a fun contest has grown into an annual celebration of the not-so-handsome dogs amongst us. So grab your favorite pup and give him an extra snuggle today and as you go about your day, say hi to every pup, pretty and not so pretty.

FACTS ABOUT MAN’S BEST FRIEND

1. Perpetual Toddler

Your dog is as smart as a 2-year-old

2. No Deodorant Necessary

Dogs only have sweat glands in their paws

3. What’d You Say?

Puppies are born deaf; they start hearing around three weeks

4. Screaming Color

Contrary to popular belief, dogs are not colorblind

5. Sweet Dreams

According to a poll, about 45% of Americans sleep with their dogs

WHY WE LOVE UGLIEST DOG DAY

A. It celebrates what’s inside, not outside
Dogs are loving, loyal creatures. They don’t care how their humans look, so why should we care about their perhaps less than perfect features?

B. It brings awareness to homeless pets
Unfortunately, dogs that may be considered not so cute often have a harder time being adopted. Remember your local pet shelter on Ugliest Dog Day with a donation of money or pet supplies.

C. It’s a chance to brag about your fabulous dog
Cute and cuddly or unappealing and smelly, dog owners aren’t bothered and truly believe their dog is the best ever. Show-off your dog and give Fido some extra loving today with a special day devoted just to the two of you

In The News

I don’t normally watch TV much less the MTV Music Awards but I saw on the news, Chris Pratt, star in the new Jurassic World Movie, was awarded the Generation Award last Saturday.  His acceptance speech had some wise words of wisdom including:

“God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.”

“Learn to pray. It’s easy. It’s so good for your soul.”

While not all his tips were perfect – the fact He acknowledged God and prayer from such a high-profile stage was pretty amazing.  We are all under construction!

What You Think – You Are

Thoughts become things, it’s so important to stay as positive as possible.  It’s crazy how it trickles into everything in your life -Meghan Markle

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Have you ever heard the phrase “You’re not what you think you are…what you think, you are”? That seems to be true. Whatever we think about, dwell upon, and contemplate tends to be our mindset. We are what we think and that is a choice we can make. We cannot control circumstances but we can control how we think about them. If we think on excellent things, we’ll tend to respond to life excellently.