A Summer Away

July 12, 2016

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Friends, there’s so much grace in imperfection. Scroll back and check the date on my last post. Quite a few days (years!) have gone by. Sometimes, you just juggle the agendas.

God gave me a big agenda after the blessing of our (now 4-year-old) fella—be you. I didn’t hear it right at first. And if I did, I fought it. Being me hasn’t meant having it all, doing it all, being my best all the time. It sure has been good when I sit still in it though. Sitting in scuffed, orange-painted chairs in my porch “office” this summer, well that’s a dream come true. Out of the corner of my eye, just beyond the antique diner-style table, is a big body of water and a lifetime of memories.

I’ve fought a lot of agendas in the last few years (potty training, other moms, my own false prophets, a toddler’s iron-clad will.) I still wake each morning choosing not to battle—and usually fail. So, I dove into summer vying for an IN season to set my heart back right. It’s not just about swim lessons or homemade ice cream or counting the stars in the Milky Way each night. For once, I tried to look at the big picture of smiles and sunscreen and simple pleasures, not a checklist. I want to watch the competing agendas melt away in the heat of this summer.

A QUICK LOOK AT SUMMER GOALS:

#1 Sit still before God and chill.

#2 Make Summer ‘16 an IN season to remember.

#3 Develop new habits to remind me eyeballs > screens.

#4 Fresh fruit ALL the days.

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