Just “Be” This Summer…

The emotions welled up like a dam that had been waiting to explode.

We’d spent the morning with some friends at the park. Our kids had chased a frog, sat by the creek, and had lunch.

And for some reason as I was reading Esther her naptime book, the thought came quickly.

“You will never have that moment again.”

I blinked hard against the tears.

I know my kids are growing. (We’re the ones dishing out money for new clothes and shoes.) But sometimes I forget.

What if they never catch frogs again? What if fighting with bamboo sticks feels immature?

Raudel said it at church this weekend-“We’re human beings not human doers.

I’ve forgotten how to be, because I keep on doing.

Ann Voskamp wrote, “The way to experience unlimited elation may be to imagine unexpected limitation.”

Y’all…I need to just be for awhile. To slow. To see them as kids. To play. And laugh.

He needs to be enough, so I can say no more quickly.

Because of the grace of the cross, I have nothing left to earn. His love frees me to be.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10)



A Slow Summer

School’s out in our house. We’ve got a summer fun list going. We’ve got a reading challenge going. It’s a necessity to keep the boys busy!

At night we’re reading The Tale of Despereaux. The boys beg and beg for just “one more chapter.” I read and Jonathan plays with my ponytail. It’s a sweet time for us.

We’re registered for Liberty Online next year. School starts back for us on July 20. We’ve got approximately 6 weeks to “build a treehouse, go to the pool and Frankie’s, and visit the beach.” Those are 4 unchecked items on their list.

I’m a little restless without lesson planning and typing up activity sheets. I love the structure of school as much as the freedom of summer.

I’m also remembering that to be still is to let God speak. Our society is so task oriented. I thought the other day how I wish I could be doing something “productive” while blow-drying my hair. That’s crazy.

My hope this summer is to really slow down. I pray my mind will be clear and focused on the moment. I long for the quiet times to become sacred.

I believe He wants to speak if we really desire to listen.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10)

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