Happy First Tuesday, sweet sister friends! It’s FINALLY summer break! I’m so, so happy about this for, like, a million and fifty-seven reasons. But Reason Number One is (drumroll please): this beautiful family of mine needs a break.
Yours does, too? I thought so.
Don’t worry. We aren’t the only ones. It’s been an issue for millennia.
He knew we’d all need a break at times. Thank you, LORD!
So here’s the practical application and importance of this – at least in my world. For me, summer break means a break from the “control” of school days because it’s totally structured FOR us, but not necessarily BY us. The school system decides when the kids will be in school. The coaches and activity leaders decide when practices and games and recitals are held. The tutors decide what hours they are available. The teachers decide what homework is due and when. The moms at pick up decide who is playing with whom afterschool and where…AHEM.
The order of our days is predetermined by the forces around us and, for the most part, we need to get in line with it in order for there to be order, if you know what I mean.
Graciously, summer dances to a different beat.
And so today, at the start of what is summer break for many of us, I am giving you a little advice on how to have a good summer. It goes something like this:
“GO DO YOU.
AND DON’T BE AFRAID TO ENJOY IT.”
Is that awesome or what?! So often, we think of indulging in things we enjoy as something we will judged for. But God (don’t you just LOVE Him?!) basically turns that thought on its ear and says, “Girl, if it’s permissible – and tons of amazing and fun things in this life are – you might as well enjoy it because I made it just for you.”
I don’t know what it looks like for you because He wired each of us so beautifully different. For me, it’s a big girl glass of wine on a starry night sitting by the outdoor fire. Or maybe it’s just an extra half hour by myself at the pool with my Bible. Or hey – it’s even ordering pizza two nights in a row just because I don’t feel like cooking. But whatever allows you to have some seriously permissible fun this summer, I say GO FOR IT!
(Photo from Pinterest)
Girlies, let’s shake things up for a couple months. Change your schedule and include something new you’ve been wanting to do. Try taking after dinner walks with your spouse, or maybe early morning coffees on the deck.
Ask your boss if you can shift your work schedule to come in an hour earlier for a week or two so you can earn a little flex time and take a few extra days off to just kick around in your garden or in the city. Get creative with your time.
Let your kids “drive the boat”, so to speak. Have them choose activities that allow exploration of their passions and interests. Let THEM choose their playmates and embrace their own choices and decisions (within reason 😉 ). Consider ditching those dreaded “summer skills books” in favor of comic books and silly novels and even Netflix (did I just say that out loud?!). Volunteer at the food bank and make blankets to distribute to those in need when the cold weather returns (because – SPOILER ALERT – no matter how hot it gets this summer, that Chiberian chill will be back).
Go get lost on a road trip. Swim in a lake. Wear cut-off overalls. Go to a concert. Call your college roomie. Hang out with your mom. Show up at your best friend’s house with some flowers and iced tea just because you can. Talk a walk with Jesus. Smooch a puppy on the lips (this one might be my favorite!)!
Have your own church service in the park. Eat a humongous cheeseburger, for Heaven’s sake, and wash it down with a cold beer or soda in a glass bottle. Have a popsicle at breakfast and ride the Ferris wheel…three times in a row! Eat sweet cherries and spit the pits on the ground. Embrace simple things that bring mega-doses of joy.
Yeah. These are the things I wish for you AND for me this summer because even the smallest, simplest things reveal God’s great love for us. And we are blessed to be able to experience them. Be aware of your gifts and use them to better this world.
I guess what I’m saying, love bugs, is that I wish you the happiest summer break ever. Like, EVER.
Stop making your summer bucket lists and just go do all the things you were going to put on them. Sometimes the spontaneous stuff is sooooo much better anyway.
Okay. Enough screen time. Go on now. Get on out there. The world is waiting.
What are you still doing here?!?!? I mean it – GO! Get outta here! I triple dog dare you.
Peace, love, and JOY!
PS – See you back here on July 4th for the next First Tuesday post…!
PPS – If you are local to the Chicagoland area, I encourage you to check out a great resource: “Glen Ellyn Moms Village”! They have awesome social media sites for ideas and inspiration for your summer… AND year-round!! Be sure to follow them so you can keep updated about local happenings and musings regarding Glen Ellyn and the surrounding communities; the sites are run by one of my favorite sister friends!!!