Monday, June 30, 2014

be intentional with your summer

Summer is in full swing...

A more relaxed schedule. 
Fewer obligations. 
Lazy days.  
The simple joy of playing outside until darkness falls. 
Catching lightning bugs in mason jars and listening to little ones giggle as their hands get a tickle. 
The lingering scent of sunscreen and sticky marshmallow fingers from backyard smores. 
Dirty children and rings around bathtubs.

Summer brings all of those things but it can also bring with it an overwhelming pressure for parents {especially us mamas}. Pressures to fill the days with "something fun". Coming up with bucket lists, and finding the time, creativity and money to make it all happen. Maybe we are in a season of life where extra time and flexibility isn't something we have. Or maybe we just don't feel crafty enough, patient enough or have money enough for all of the "fun". 

Can I encourage you to have one simple focus this summer?

Be intentional. 

Let's be intentional with our children and simply enjoy them. 

Those farther along the path than us are always reminding us of something. 'Enjoy your children because they grow up so fast.' 

Let's grasp the simple fact that our little ones won't be little forever. It really does pass in a blink. 

Being intentional with my kids means being intentional with my time. Time is a free gift {that's why it's called the present, right?} so let's spend it generously. 

We are making memories with our children as we invest time in their lives. Chances are, when they look back over their childhood days, it will be the moments that will stand out. They may not remember the details of games and activities but they will remember the emotions and feelings of being with you. This is where the investment needs to be.  In the time spent with them.

So don't wear yourself out running all over chasing after activities and things while you check things off your bucket list. 

Spend time. Sit and quietly savor whispering moments with your children listening to the small voices of their hearts and learn more about the person that God is growing them to be. This is the best investment you can make.