It started like any other morning.
Kids were asleep. Husband was at work. And so I grabbed my coffee and curled up in my favorite chair.
Oh I love these times.
Coffee. Quiet home. Warm sun peeking through the windows. Did I mention coffee? It was glorious!
I opened emails and began to work through them. One day sale reminders… several blogs to scan… Groupons to peruse… and then an email from Grandma, who wanted a night with my daughter.
“Oh she will love this!”
I quickly jump to my calendar to mark the date, but it didn’t work. Summer camp was scheduled. So I looked to the following week, but her tennis session started then.
Maybe switch to a weekend?
Drat. Between camping, company and other family adventures… it was a no-go.
Turning my calendar to the next month, it didn’t look any better.
“You’ve got to be kidding me.”
I realized that the lazy days of summer weren’t going to be lazy at all. As a matter of fact, they were going to be insanely busy.
All of these activities looked so fun on the front end, but the reality of our calendar was overwhelming. And when a night at grandmas becomes a scheduling nightmare, something is wrong.
I wonder if you are tracking with me.
Think about it. Why do we pack so much into those few short months of summer? Isn’t it called summer “break” for a reason?
Why do we feel the need to run our kids (and ourselves) ragged?
We all need downtime. After such a busy school year, our bodies and minds need rest. So how do we put the “break” back in summer?
Here are three ideas to consider:
1) Make time to “BE”
In a world that tells us we must keep moving to be happy, sometimes we forget that it’s okay to just be still. It’s a chance to exhale and rest. It’s a chance to focus on ourselves. And for many, it’s how we fill our own joy tanks.
What do you love to do for… you? Think about it, and then make time each week to do it.
Same goes for your kids. How do they rest and rejuvenate? Movies in a blanket and pillow fort? Reading a book on the couch? Coloring while listening to music?
Take the time to discover this with each member of your family… and then schedule time each week to just “be.”
2) Make time to “SEE”
Because we live in the mountains of Colorado and are so familiar with its beauty, we risk not “seeing” it. We don’t notice the sunsets, the wildlife loses its usual awe-factor, and we miss the beauty that surrounds us.
We’re too busy… too scheduled… to stop and smell the flowers.
What if we decided to be intentional to see the world around us this summer? What if we looked for His artwork in the open spaces behind our homes, or during a hike in the mountains, or while fishing at the lake? What might God reveal?
Take the time to really “see” the world – the critters, the colors, and the creation. When you do, it teaches your kids to do the same.
3) Make time for “we”
During the school year, we’re all going in a million different directions. You, too? Between homework and sports and friends, family time becomes harder and harder to find.
Make the most of “we” this summer. Concentrate on doing things that connect the family in new and fun ways. Maybe it’s bowling or bike rides… camping or cooking classes… devotionals or date nights.
Why not sit down together this week and brainstorm some “we” activities, and then put them on the calendar.
As a family, you have a choice. You can choose to speed through summer break, never really getting one at all.
Or you can put the “break” back in summer by making time to BE… opening your eyes to SEE… and coveting the time for WE.
Of those three challenges, what is the hardest for you? What is your plan to make it happen?
Carey Scott is an author, speaker and life coach honest about her walk with the Lord – stumbles, fumbles and all. She challenges women to be real… not perfect… even when it’s messy. Through her ministry, she encourages women to stop living a mediocre, risk-free life and instead step onto the battlefield of life and engage!
She speaks to women’s groups nationally, and writes an online devotional designed to help women be who God created them to be. You can find it at CareyScottTalks.com. Carey is surrounded by a wonderful family and group of friends who keep her motivated, real and humble.