This is truly my favorite of all seasons…my kids are home almost everyday, it’s warm, full of fun, a wealth of sunshine, plenty of time with family and friends, s’mores (got to have them), an abundance of snuggles and lots of swimming (my family’s favorite).
God has really been working on my heart and showing me how easy it is to get caught up in thinking we have to work to make summer out to be something extraordinary for our kids. We tend to get caught up in thinking our kiddos are missing out if they aren’t visiting Mickey Mouse or zip-lining through a rainforest. In doing that, we get wrapped up so much in trying to make summer perfect that we lose sight of what’s most important–the everyday.
I don’t know about you, but there is nothing perfect about life!! It’s a mess!! There is baseball schedules, junior high daughter things (need I say more?), unexpected medical bills, trying relationships, toddler silliness, plumbing mishaps…the list goes on and on and there is much work involved in that.
With that all being said, I LOVE imperfect!!! It allows us to slow down and enjoy the little things. It allows time to teach our children how to work through circumstance. It allows us to remove ourselves and remember that life isn’t a snapshot; one day we will see the bigger picture. It allows us time to grow!! It allows time for us to see that Mickey Mouse and the rainforest aren’t that big of a deal after all!!
I know for my family the small and unplanned getaways are the most memorable, most vulnerable, most appreciated times together as family. I challenge you this summer to change your way of thinking along with me and see how our mighty Father works in your family’s heart through it!! I pray this summer is the best one yet with lots of love, growth, patience, relaxing and many unforgettable times!! Let’s not just survive this summer…lets THRIVE!!!
Romans 12:2 (GNT):
Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.
This post was written by Kisa Luther.