Summer Time Intentionality

I hope your making time for those you love the most this summer. Often I walk into summer with big dreams of how I will spend my time and who I am going to be with... then way too often it seems August is upon us and I've barely scratched the surface of my big dreams. How about you?

What were you most hoping for this summer?

What are you doing to reach toward those hopes?

For me, I began the summer asking myself what I most hoped for this summer. I knew I wanted to spend time with my family and friends this summer. You see, my parents are growing older and my kids are fast approaching adulthood... so I am feeling a bit of urgency to make the most of my days. I walked into the summer knowing I needed a plan that began with being less hurried. Almost everyday, I must be diligent in what I say YES to and what I am say NO to.

Truthfully, it's already been a challenge to be wise in how I spend my time. My parents live 2 hours east and my oldest son is living 4 hours west, not to mention all the things we are committed to here at home. I am constantly asking:

Is this what I want or need to spend my time doing?
How is this "thing" going to invest in the lives of those I love the most?
If I choose not to do this or that, will I look back and regret it one day?

Psalm 90:12 says this...
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of

My prayer is that we will see our days as an amazing opportunity to be with God and be with others in ways that truly make a difference.
So What About You?
Name one thing you are hoping for this summer and one specific thing you are doing to make this hope a reality. Post your comments below!


  1. Connor (my 12 year old) and I created a "bucket list" for the summer during one of our car rides. We both contributed to this list of things we wanted to do. As we wrote our list, I realized we both longed for time together and fond memories. Together we set out to "make" these things happen. With a small step of intentionality -- simply making a list -- I am glad to say many of these things came to be... Here's to spending time at lake with friends, hanging out at Grandma & Grandpa Rowland's house, celebrating Grandma Gunter's new home, Gun-Salvo outings and bonfires with our dear neighbors, enjoying homemade ice cream, kayaking, going to Springfield to watch Calvin play baseball, Connor's baseball tournaments, hiking, boating, Chelsea's horse show, going to an Indian's game, Chicago, getting our family together... not to mention the extra-ordinary, ordinary moments of life.


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