June comes and with it the end of a school year. Several months stretch before me and with this is the anticipation of no set schedules, sunny, relaxing days and the freedom to come and go when I want without the usual busyness of life. I empty myself of the clutter from the school year and work hard to renew and restore myself with all of summer’s goodness. The days stretched out before me almost feel like guilty pleasure until I am reminded that in order to refill, I need to first empty myself of all the stress-filled moments from the school year. In the process of emptying myself of everything, I indulge in summer’s sweet rest.
From the outside looking in, summertime appears as laziness until you look closely at the process of rejuvenation that is taking place. Summer is a gift I am blessed with as a teacher. I treasure this gift and want to make the most of it, so I step back during the summer in order to be a better teacher throughout the school year. Rest is a gift that you can allow yourself to receive when you are empty and need to be filled again. For me, summer is my time to fill up the empty spaces and slow down. Everyone needs to find their sweet summer time of rest.
Some ways to create this slowing down and being intentional with your time are as follows:
1. Long walks
This is my time to meander through a favorite park and listen for God’s whispers among the trees.
2. Lunches, dinners and just extra time to connect with friends
These occasions are so sweet because I am filled with love and relationships that are nurtured during this time.
3. Renew and reacquaint myself with me!
The joy of slowing down comes in these moments when you remind yourself that you are worthy in God’s eyes and in your own.
4. Reading – lots of reading!
Reading feeds my soul and just fills me with a sense of accomplishment.
Sweet Summer Memories
Summer is my time for rest. A time for being intentional with how I structure my day. A time for slowing down, going slow and enjoying what the day brings. A time to go at God’s pace and not my own. A time to just be!
Memories are captured in the snapshots above-moments that I would have missed if I did not slow down to enjoy. Summer’s sweet rest creates memories that will be savored in the quiet moments I gift myself with during the busy school year.
God promises us rest and the restoring of our lives. Go to Him during your stress-filled days and lay it all before Him. The promises of renewal are good and like a fresh breeze when we release it all and thank Him for the gifts that He shares.
May these verses serve as a reminder of God’s promises!
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29
Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens,
you who have done great things.
Who is like you, God?
20 Though you have made me see troubles,
many and bitter,
you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
you will again bring me up. Psalm 71:19-20
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