Are you looking upon summer with excitement? or dread?

This is our first full week of summer.  My daughter’s last day of school was last Wednesday.  Monday – Wednesday were just crazy and so were Thursday and Friday, even though school was out!

photo-2Our first full week is upon us.  And you know what?  …. I’m excited!  I really am.

When my daughter finished kindergarten and we went into summer (with my children being 6 and 3) I was nervous, to say the least.  I needed a plan.  What were we going to do? How do I keep them from fighting?  How do I talk to them about their hearts and Jesus all the time? How do I not just ‘waste’ these 2 ½ months?  How do I shop and do laundry and all the house stuff with both of them home again?  I felt as though I’d totally lost my compass!!! Or my marbles!!!!

Take away: I was very focused on doing a lot of things to not waste time and not mess up as a mom home with kids for the first time during the summer.

After her first grade year, it was a bit better.  Yes, still have a plan.  {I almost always have a plan!}  But let’s just have fun. Unfortunately, having fun was missing from the previous summer.  Let’s do laundry together and have fun, too.  I know it will be messy and clothes won’t be folded perfectly, but it will still get done.  I know it will take longer to sweep and mop with them helping, but it will still get done.

photo-1Take away: 1) We had more fun!   2) I taught them how to do so many things around the house that they’ve STILL BEEN HELPING OUT WITH over the past year.

*it’s awesome*

So this summer, after her 2nd grade year, I still feel a bit anxious about the kids fighting all the time and me having to be on my A-game all the time and me having to actually talk to them and train them on life and godliness every second of the day and then I’m reminded of this from 2nd Peter, a new testament book in the Bible:

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us

everything pertaining to life and godliness,

through the true knowledge of Him

who called us by His own glory and excellence.”

2 Peter 1:2-4

I need to ask you a question, dear friend.  Do you know Jesus?  Do you know Him in a personal and intimate way?  As the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the creator of Your soul and the Savior of the world?  Have you trusted in Him as Your personal Savior?  Solely based on what He did through His son, Jesus Christ on the cross?

If you have, then you can enter into this summer with your children at home with grace and peace.  It’s already been multiplied to you.  YOU ALREADY HAVE IT.  It’s God’s divine power (that already resides in you) that has granted you everything you need for this summer.  Everything.  Every breath, every word for every teach able moment, every deep breath as you go to a mental time out so not as to just explode on them all.  God’s divine power that already resides in you will provide you the courage and bravery to enter into your growing son’s struggle with anger, your toddler’s bout with lying to you about everything, your little girls struggle to deal with the emotions she is starting to deal with.

What do you feel powerless against right now?  What do you feel is just too great?  What are you afraid of?  Take that thing right now and just pray.  Ask God to take that thing and accomplish it in His power working through you.  Tell him how you want it to work out and then surrender that to however He’s going to do it.  Let Him know that you are trusting in Him to take care of it and ask Him to align your heart with His plan and purpose for your life.

Y’all … I {try} to do this all the time, all through out the day, with everything I encounter.  My coin phrase for it is surrendering my heart.  I take whatever thing is in my face at that very moment and surrender it to Him.  Doing this helps my heart to literally unclench from the control I want to have over a situation and submit myself to His will, His purpose and His plans for my life.

After walking in a personal relationship with Jesus for 24 years, I know this is best for me.  It doesn’t always feel natural.  I definitely don’t always want to do it.  But it is best.

After doing this, I can now tap into the power talked about in 2 Peter 1:2-4.  I’ve laid my plans aside and am letting His Spirit work in me.  To accomplish whatever He wants, however He wants to do it.

Mothers, you can enter into this summer excited!!! Not because your kids will be gone to camp for half of the time, but because God’s divine power will guide you to interact with them on a regular basis, no matter the situation.  Will you embark on this with me this summer?  Let’s do it together, friends!

Do you have more questions about Jesus’ death on the cross and what that did to accomplish our salvation and eternal security with God?  Go over here and read Ephesians 2:1-10.  It’s my favorite passage in scripture.  Leave me a comment with any questions you might have, too.

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