Letting Summer Linger

I’m having a bit of trouble letting go of summer this year. The katydids and crickets are singing outside, the corn is starting put on its fall colours, and the humidity is finally down. School has started, and I’ve had to jump back into my regular routine, ready or not. But this summer was so enjoyable that I find myself trying to ignore the approach of autumn, despite the signs.

My boys enjoying the ocean in Nova Scotia

My boys enjoying the ocean in Nova Scotia

This summer, we took the kids on a three-week trek to the east coast of Canada–all the way to St. John’s, Newfoundland. We survived many miles on the road, the six of us in our club-cab pickup, and I think we set up and packed up ourtrailer thirteen times over the course of the trip. In those days, we forgot about all the responsibilities waiting for us at home (well, almost), and had a great time being a family. I managed to RELAX in a way I haven’t done for a long time, and I’m finding that I don’t really want to let go of that state of mind. It has been a real blessing for me to rediscover how to stop worrying about everything, and just “be”. In the back of my mind, though, I know what’s coming, and I am bracing myself for the storm of busyness in the months ahead.

God, help me to stay present in today.

Help me to fully live the moments you give me.

Help me to be present to the people you bless me with.

Help me to embrace the challenges that lie ahead without fear.

Help me to know that in you, I can accomplish what you have in mind for me.

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