Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 7, 2019
By Guest Writer Aria Randolph
Cherished by my mother. Proverbs 4:3
Hey there, Mamas! How are you feeling about summertime? Are you excited for popsicles and the pool? Maybe you’re wondering, “What will we do all day now that school is out?”. Perhaps you have a little one, and you’re dreading baby-wearing and car seat toting in the sticky heat! No matter what season you’re in, summer will likely bring at least a few changes your way. Here are five practical areas to consider as summertime approaches:
Routine Changes – Even for the littlest children, summer brings change due to its long hours of sunlight. A reading of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Bed in Summer” is a fun reminder of how those extra hours feel for kids at bedtime. What will your summer days look like? Whatever your summer routine brings, thinking ahead + clear communication as a family = a win!
New Skills – Does your 8-year old need to learn how to unload the dishwasher this summer? Is your 3-year old ready for potty-training? With its slower pace, summer offers us the margin to teach important skills like cooking, mowing the lawn, making the bed… the list is endless! What one skill could your child begin learning this summer?
Big & Small Adventures – Summer is a fantastic time for adventure! In our family, we like to make a summer ‘bucket list’ of how we’ll spend time as a family and with friends. Usually, that means daily adventures that fit into our new routine as well as a big trip or two. What big and small adventures need to be added to your summer calendar?
Love for Learning – Going to the (air-conditioned!) library, reading story books before naptime, and challenging your kids to a reading contest are just a few ideas of how to encourage a love for learning. Spending time outside provides an opportunity to experience the glory of nature and get to know the world around us. Tinkering with a box of old electronics provides STEM learning opportunities for our kids. How can you encourage a love for learning in your child this summer?
Mom Care – We all know how valuable it is to take the time to care for ourselves, nourishing our hearts with God’s love. We are the beloved of God, and we are better moms when we live out of that identity! Don’t forget to take the steps necessary to take care of you. What changes might you need to make in your schedule so you don’t miss out on Mom care?
Moms, the best thing you bring to summer is YOU! No matter what you do this summer, the time you spend investing in your family is work that will be rewarded. Way to win!
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also” (2 Timothy 1:5).
Listen to our recent interview with Aria about these ideas: Wisdom Hunters podcast
This content was originally shared at a Moms Side by Side mentoring event
Heavenly Father, I rest in your love and acceptance of me, in Jesus’ name, amen.
How can the summer be a time for our family to enjoy each other?
Moms, the time you spend investing in your family is a great work that will be rewarded. #wisdomhunters #Jesus
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