The Sabbath Summer

01 - Sabbath SummerThis year’s homeschool agenda wasn’t even complete when I began sketching out a rough draft for how we would use these “free” summer months to finish up Math books, practice shaky skills like phonics and algebra, and possibly use some of those little learning workbooks that are collecting dust on a distant bookshelf.

Now before you begin feeling too bad for my children, noses to their mother’s grindstone, know that I am absolutely looking forward to days spent at the beach and hours doing whatever our little hearts’ desire. Yes, I am taking a summer vacation… and I am being a good steward of my children’s education… or am I?

Could it be that I lean more on the side of “not enough” than I do the side of stewardship? Could it be that I’m so used to being me, the master planner and teacher, that I have a hard time resting?
Maybe you can relate. Maybe you also are so good at what you’re doing that it takes a great effort to do something different.

I have a challenge for us this summer.

One. Ask God what He wants us to do with our summer. Ask Him to prove our motives. Like I said before, planning can come from a heart of stewardship and it can come from a state of fear. Search us, O God, and know our hearts; try us, and know our anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in us, and lead us in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)

If He says to continue doing what you’re doing, praise God! If He says to do something different, praise God! God, if You intend to derail our plans, we thank You, and we ask for Your strength and guidance as we try something different. Father, we have made our plans, but You direct our steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray that our families would experience God’s unfailing power and might in these months of freedom! May our homes be filled with the sound of healing, hospitality, vulnerability, strength, hope, and love. Let the Enemy hear our deep and heartfelt sighs of relief as we empty our burdens and fears and anxieties at the Cross this summer.

Whatever your situation, concern, or joy, may you breathe deeply this Sabbath Summer.

If you feel burdened this summer due to a pressing prayer request, please share it with us, so we can intercede on your behalf.

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