It’s the first week of summer break. Like many mamas, I’m taking it a little slower this week…relishing in the fact that no lunches need to be packed…there’s no morning bell to beat…no spelling words to study.
But at the same time, as summer has been approaching, I have been bracing for impact. Summer will bring a lot more…quality?…time at home with my kiddos. Each summer gets less and less exhausting as the kids are getting older. But, I know there will be bickering, there will be yelling, and there will be tears. I just hope its not mostly from me.
Whatever this summer holds for any of us…whether its lots more time at home with the kids, a more stressful routine of balancing kids and work, difficult relationships, or even bigger transitions looming in the Fall – there will be joys, pains, and challenges. More often than not, we feel ourselves bracing for impact.
But I am reminded of God’s greatest desires for us…
“Don’t let the impact of the world shatter your thinking or draw you away from focusing on Me.” Sarah Young, Jesus Calling, May 22.
The great God of the Universe wants us to put our focus on Him, to seek His face, feel his deep love, and be still in His presence as we face each new day.
“God’s presence is real, full of love, and completely transformational. It takes what was broken and brings healing. It takes what was lost and guides us to our rightful place in the Father. It satisfies the weary, brings light to the darkness, and pours out the refreshing rain of God’s love on the dryest, deepest parts of the soul…He longs to make the reality of his presence known to you. He longs to refresh you with his nearness” Craig Denison, First 15, May 18
I love the concept of ‘making space’ for God. I was recently taught that even when we use God’s gifts to capacity, we are called to still hold space for God. Without making time to focus on God each day, the impact of the world (and the little people whom I love so much) will no doubt bring out the worst in me. My goal this summer is to make space for God. Rather than bracing for impact, I want to feel His loving embrace.
“The absolute, most important single act of the children of God is making space to encounter our heavenly Father in the secret place…It establishes roots which enable us to receive all that we need to bear the fruit of the Spirit.” Denison, First15 May 22
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. These are the fruits of the Spirit. These particular virtues have been on my heart for a few years now. Perhaps because they are ideal virtues to teach our little ones…Perhaps, because they are ideal virtues for us as adults in a broken world.
I struggle.sooo.much to be patient and gentle with my children.
John 15:7-8 says “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you…By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”
Will you join me in planting seeds as we head into summer? The fruits of the Spirit have already been gifted to us. But we must nurture them to see growth. For me, it’s only by making space for God and watering the dryest parts of my soul. Then, we pour out our love to the world around us. Now that’s worthwhile impact.
Making space –leaving open slots for God to fill –a revolutionary concept these days. Viva la revolucion!
In it together! 😘 (Ha! I found a way to use emojis with you. We might just need to start communicating here from now on.) 😜
I will be going from the low stress of retirement and a quiet house to a condo at the beach with your mom, brother Travis, and his family. After impact there, I will need to carve out a time for God in the joyful chaos of the next week. Then we can do it all again when you arrive with all your family for the 4th of July week. I like the words in the prayer Father Charlie gave us asking that God may be revealed as we love one another. That’s my plan. Love, Dad
Wonderful, wise words, Lauren! How important the word, “open” is…… It’s a vulnerable position, to be sure, but how else can we receive the fresh breath of the Spirit (and just be calmed and quieted and centered to be able to take in that Breath..) but to be “open” and “expectant.” Yay, you, for the reminder!!
P.S. hugs to all four of your lively little ones from Msbetty!