Studying the Song of Solomon has been one of the highlights of my life, but it’s finally come to an end (at least for now). This post will serve as the final “bookend” on my blog, but it will be the first post that comes up for anyone who scrolls down the right-hand side of Summer Setting’s home page and clicks on the “Rise Up, My Love” tab. Therefore, for anyone who would like to read the posts beginning at the beginning rather starting at the end, I wanted to let you know that you can access the entries sequentially on my home page by typing into the window box that has the word “Search” next to it in the upper right-hand area of the page. For example, if you type in: Rise Up, My Love (1) and then hit “Search,” it will bring up the first post, which was written exactly six years years ago, on October 7, 2012. Here’s the link:
If you have any thoughts or questions to share, I’d love to have you post them in the comment box below. May God bless you in your journey toward finding, knowing, loving, and surrendering to the God of the Universe, who loves you, and me, and all of us, more than we will ever comprehend!
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude 24-25).
Today I am 62. I used to always joke that “When I grow up I want to…” Well, here I am, old enough to retire and still feeling like I haven’t accomplished whatever it was that I was supposed to accomplish! However, I am motivated. I am dedicated to continuing my journey. I am trying to grow…if not “up,” then at least in depth…in grace and wisdom. I am so glad for the encouragement of Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this every thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”When I began blogging four years ago, I named my blog “Summer Setting” because I felt like the summer of my life was ending. At that time, I intended to rename my blog “Autumn Arising” when I turned 62. However, statistics have a funny way of influencing behavior, and WordPress has started sending encouraging data: since last February, people from 152 countries have accessed articles on “Summer Setting.” I’ve now posted 630 entries and average 159 readers a day. I’ve had over 90,400 “hits” on my blog, one day attracting 2,360 readers. This is nothing short of amazing to me, but I take it as the Lord’s way of blessing my desire to reach out in love to you and others in our glorious world.In the light of this, I’ve decided to keep the name “Summer Setting,” even though it’s the beginning of autumn on our little lake as well as in my life, since—undeniably—I have now found the silver lining, and it’s aglow among my tresses.It’s long been a passion of mine to write, and I’ve decided to start sharing a couple of my favorite manuscripts with you. One is called Rise Up, My Love. It’s a devotional commentary on the Song of Solomon. I am hoping to share it on Sundays as I’m able. Another favorite manuscript I dubbed Armstrong Archives, and it traces the excitement and antics of our family life from the day our first child, Aaron, was born through letters I wrote home to my mother over about 30 years. I am hoping to share excerpts from those letters with you on as many Saturdays as I can. I also hope to continue with my “Tuesday Travel” day (except today), sharing highlights from the trip Alan and I took with our two youngest sons to Ireland and Britain in the spring of 2011. I refer to that one as “R’n’R’s in B’n’B’s (also known as Rambles and Reflections in Broadways and Byways). On other days, I dream of “Monday Memories” (reflections from personal activities that week), “Wednesday World” (reflections on world events), starting a “Thursday Tales” for my grand children (which may take another year or so to get off the ground) and “Friday Family” (sharing updates on my kids, grand kids, and family life generally). That’s my grand dream. Only time will tell how well or how consistently I’ll be able to post. I doubt anyone will respond to this, but I’m also open to suggestions if you have any topic you’d enjoy hearing me address anytime. My heart is to use this blog as a way of sharing God’s goodness and joy with others along with any bits of wisdom that I manage to glean along the way. I would love to hear your thoughts, and I would deeply appreciate your prayers! My goal is to leave this world with a glow behind me such as Stephen left in his wake driving back to MSU last Sunday:
Thanks for letting our lives touch as we share this journey called life!
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:28)