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Today, I’d like to share with you some thoughts on how to have a summer with God. A little about me….I’m a momma of five kids (ages 10 and under). Two of my boys spent a year in Christian school (for the first time), and the other three stayed home with me. During the school year I focused on homeschooling my kindergarten and providing good quality therapy for my special need’s daughter. My tiny tornado of a baby (age three) keeps me constantly on my toes.
As I enter this summer phase, I get pulled in a lot of different ways. First, as a teacher by trade, I don’t want to lose any school knowledge over the summer, so we like to continue reading and doing fun “school” stuff. I also like to spend my days at the pool. My best childhood memories were made at the local city pool. I want my children to have similar memories. But my best idea of relaxation is to curl up with a book and have the house to myself. Here are some reality checks for me (and maybe you):
I can’t do it all.
I don’t have to do it all.
What is most important?
That last question is for both us? Where is God in as I make summer plans? I don’t want to just have a “quiet time” or read just a verse in the Bible. I want my faith to continue to flourish during the summer. How do I find time for God, with such a busy summer?
To help me, I came up with this simple guide.
The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Summer with God
Here is my 3 step (EASY) process for having a summer with God.
Step One: Get up early. Oh man. This is the hardest for me. I honestly love the idea of sleeping in and not having to get everyone ready to go to school. Yet, I don’t have to get up to do work, I need only get up to meet with God. So my goal is to set my alarm about 30 minutes before my kids wake up.
Step Two: Have a plan. I’m not a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl. So I like plans. Could I suggest a couple of new plans/devotionals I’ve created with you in mind? The first is my prayer study (see it here). The second is a psalm’s study (see that one here). Whatever I decide to do, I always do better when I have a plan.
Step Three: Give up the guilt. I have to let go of doing devotionals every single day. So I made the goal to spend at least five days a week in God’s Word. Giving up the guilt, whether you are spending too much time in God’s Word or too little time isn’t the goal of this guide. Instead, I want to encourage you with this truth: God will meet you every time you choose Him.
What would you add (if you could add a fourth tip)?
Leave a comment and let me know!
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