For some reason, August is usually a difficult month for me. I don't like saying goodbye to summer with its long, leisurely days and wonderful growing things. I read this a few days ago, and it helped alot. It's from Caussade in his Sacrament of the Present Moment:
There is not a moment in which God does not present Godself under the cover of some pain to be endured, of some consolation to be enjoyed, or of some duty to be performed. All that takes place within us, around us, or through us contains and conceals God's divine action. It is really and truly there present, but invisbly present, so that we are always surprised and do not recognize God's operation until it has ceased. If we could lift the veil, and if we were attentive and watchful God would continually reveal Godself to us, and we should see God's divine action in everything that happened to us, and rejoice in it. At each successive occurence we should exclaim: "It is the Lord," and we should accept every fresh circumstance as a gift from God.
And here are a few pictures from a beautiful day at the Chicago Botanic Gardens: