Aaahhh, welcome summer! We’ve been waiting for you…
I don’t know about you, but our family has been counting down the days, longing for this day to arrive. I adore the much less structured schedule that no school brings – ok, let’s be honest - for about the first week. Ha. While we absolutely love being together with far fewer responsibilities, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s tricky having varying ages of kids in the house all day every day with no certain plan. Eleven, ten, seven and four… that’s quite a range of interests, abilities, concentration levels, and ideas on what’s entertaining.
And we haven’t even talked about four different sets of emotions yet. Oh, dear. Wait, make that six.
So, the longer we venture into this parenting thing, the more we learn about how our children work best. Every child is different, but this much I know – every kid needs some amount of structure. Some thrive on more and some on less, but their worlds run much more smoothly when there is some predictability involved. So instead of leaving our summer to chance (within God’s sovereign plan, obviously…), I must plan enough structure in each day to set them up for the best possible scenario for success. Because when I skip the intentional part, all that’s left to show for our special time together are way too many wasted days, and not nearly enough love. Enough said.
I’ve jotted down my summer ideas and have somewhat of a master plan in place, but I’m still working on tweaking the fine details. We have bigger events scheduled each month, weekly activities that we’ll revisit, all the way down to daily time slots set aside for reading, chores, service projects and honing spiritual disciplines. Not scheduled so much that we can’t change it up if necessary, but scheduled enough so we won’t all completely loose our minds by week two. Heh.
And at the top of our list?
As fun activities begin to fill in our days, it would be easy to take the lazy summer approach and let this habit – both for me and my kids – slip a bit over the next few weeks. You and I both know that it’s tempting. But recently more than ever, we’ve come to the realization that we need to intentionally invest in the ministry before us while we still have the opportunity: training all of our children (not forgetting the little ones, who are especially eager to know more and more of God’s Word), and encouraging our older boys, who need to be honing some of these spiritual disciplines for themselves, in the hopes of establishing some beautiful lifelong habits.
Before it sounds like we have it all together… only the Lord knows what the four year old is retaining while she squirms and goes off on a thousand tangents and distracts her brothers and hangs off of the couch upside down during our Bible readings. Haha.
No matter. We’re not perfect. But we’re giving it our best shot, and we’re begging God to do the rest.
To work in our kids’ hearts. To change them to be more like Him. Then to empower them to make an impact for Christ in their own little worlds.
But guess who’s usually the one who ends up being challenged and changed and blessed the most? You got it…
Oh, and don’t you worry. Being intentional means that there will still be plenty of time to play. We’ll fit in nights at the ball field, popsicles for no reason, water fights, cookouts with friends, firefly catching, picnics, star gazing, mugs at the local root beer stand, and fires in the fire pit. And that’s just getting started, ya’ll…
It is summer, after all.
At His feet,
**Stay tuned THIS WEEK for the exciting release of Good Morning Girls’ Children’s Resources to accompany our upcoming Online Summer Study (a perfect way for both you AND your kids to intentionally pursue Bible reading this summer!)!
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And the winners are…
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