This week we are talking about ways to slow down and savor the glorious season of summer. I offer the following ideas:
1. Be present.
Make a conscious effort to be fully present in the moments you share together with family and loved ones. Put aside technology and other distractions and give yourself permission to focus on just the one experience. Enjoy it!
2. Make a list.
You can do this by yourself or invite your family’s input. Write up a list of things you want to do this summer. On days where you are free or bored, consult the list and do something fun!
3. Eat fresh foods.
Whether you grow the foods yourself or visit a farmers’ market, summer is a great time to experiment with delicious new foods and ways to prepare them. Try a new food or try a new recipe for salads or grilling. Yum!
4. Do something new.
Summer is a great time to challenge yourself physically, especially with something that will take you outdoors. Try a zip line or a bike race or hike a trail, alone or wth friends. Get out there and challenge yourself!
Take advantage of your local library and indulge in a chick-lit novel or something else you might enjoy on the beach or in the hammock. Set a good reading example and show your kids what a pleasant lifelong activity reading can be — especially in the summertime.
6. Invite friends over.
No excuses! Summer is a great time for casual entertaining, in the yard and by the BBQ. Invite friends to hang out around a fire pit or for drinks on the porch. Forget entertainment perfection and practice the kind of hospitality we are all called to. No time like the summer!
This week I share an inspiring conversation I had with Lisa Mladinich. Lisa shares some of the ways that God has touched her heart and taught her important lessons through her students and through connecting with other women. We talk about life’s triumphant moments and also mistakes and what we can learn from them.
Thank you to Erica from Orlando who checks in and asks us to remember her hometown in prayer. We end with a prayer for Orlando and those hurt by the recent terrorist attack there.
As always, I am so grateful for your presence here. God bless your week!
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