Summer ushers in a pace untethered to any schedule.
Personally, for me, this means the fullness of my days have multiplied greatly. I believe some friends reading this can surely relate. I savor the slow mornings of summer, no haunting homework, and an unstructured space to be present with my children. However, those things do come with a great exchange. Structure, routine, and commitments have been replaced by a no-guarantee policy of “catching my breath” during the day. Therefore, I crash early during the summer evenings.
I would not change having this time with all of my children together at home. I love how sister follows her brothers around and, in their own ways, they give her the attention she seeks. I enjoy the extra snuggles in the morning and the family walks in the evening. I am thankful the brothers have time to stretch out and rest from the intensity of the school year.
I decided to not make plans, goals, or a bucket list this summer. Sure, Brave has a reading commitment, and I will continue Barrett’s daily therapy regimens. But, I’ve told my children our mantra this summer is, “Go with the Flow.” Wherever we find ourselves being led each day, we will follow it. That could mean a rest day, nonstop playing outside, or anything in between. We will tackle each day as it comes. I realize what a gift it is to reside in a season with a grace to not commit. For I anticipate life to pick up speed in the near future and planning ahead will become a priority once again.
This reminded me to receive the present season with an open heart. To be content. Often times we try to force an agenda into a season that cannot contain it. This leads to restlessness, exhaustion, and discouragement. A further encouragement to not resent the hard parts, but have a posture to receive what God desires to teach. For in the tension, good things do grow, even if the harvest comes later.
“I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:12-13 ESV
Consider this post a short seasonal update. For the next twelve weeks my family will reside in an unstructured pace and the blog will follow suit. As I create content, I will offer it. However, I am taking it a day at a time, an hour at a time, a moment at a time. My primary focus is to be present with my family. I’m learning being present mentally is more challenging than being present in the physical form at times.
Here’s to summer. Better yet, here is a prayer for summer. I hope it's received with an open heart whether summer excites you, makes you nervous, stretches you, surprises you, or is everything your heart desires and more.
Father, in the heat, or in the waves, may I remain aware of your love song serenade. Through the long hours and repetitive days, may my hands remain open to your ways. May I stay content in the existing melody, rather than exhausting my soul in jealousy. I ask for your provision of every kind to show up in a wondrous surprise. Provision to flourish and be free. To run wild and see clearly. Thank you for this leisurely pace, for the new weather, and an opportunity to grow in unity together. May I see You in the midst of my days because my gaze is set on your ways. Amen.
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17 ESV