Oh summer, I’m so happy to see you! I am so blessed to have the next two months off for the first time in years. Earlier today, I felt like God laid on my heart to talk about summer.
I could write a poetic ode to it. Something about the salty air and the smell of backyard barbecues. However, I feel more inclined to whisk you in a different direction.
Summertime, whether you are working or off for the next couple months, can sometimes be a busy time. We are so eager to DO. Beach. Pool. Shopping. Travel. Dinner parties. Cleaning. And all that is fine and dandy! By all means, do. But I am here to urge you to prioritize this summer.
Last summer, I was go-go-go. I was burnt out and didn’t take time to rest. It eventually caught up with me.
What does that look like?
Well for starters, I need to be in the Word more. I do my daily devotions year round, but I really should be digging in deeper. Now that I’m off for the summer, I have zero excuses. (But even when I’m working, I don’t have an excuse.) My goal is to start each morning quietly. Just me and the Lord. No blogging. No Netflix. Just me, Jesus, and a cup of green tea. (If you have kids, encourage them to do the same, and have them respect your quiet time.)
Secondly, fitness. I always eat healthy, but I am not one for working out. I’d like to try to change that this summer. I started a fitness program a week ago, and so far I love it! I don’t have any crazy fitness goals. I’m not trying to reach some sort of “bikini perfection.” I just want to feel a little stronger. I eat well, so I might as well tackle the other half of a healthy lifestyle.
My last thoughts on summer priorities is kind of a hodgepodge: Floss. Read an uplifting book or two. Rest.
Whether your agenda this summer is filled to the brim, or is looking pretty chill, remember to spend time with the Creator, eat healthfully, get up and move a little bit, and rest your body. At the end of this summer, I’ll let you know how I did.
Cheers to a summer invested in peace and joy!