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Are you prepared for summer?

"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."

‭‭Deuteronomy 6:7-8

Yay Summer?

As you read this, you are in the midst of the summer season or maybe more particular vacation season!

Perhaps you are planning to go to the beach, traveling for sporting events that doubles as a vacation, hiking the mountains, Disney World or maybe even a trip to Branson. While summer is marketed as a time of rest and relaxation, this season can turn out to be quite stressful.

I don’t know about you all, but I find summer to be a bit much sometime, not to mention I don’t really like sand. Shuttling kids across town for various activities, soccer camps, arranging babysitters, planning vacation; oh and then we have to work a bit as well.

With all of the busyness going on, it can be easy to lose sight of one of the greatest aspects of summer – the opportunity to have increased time with our family and friends. After all, I think most kids love all things summer. No school, late bedtime, lack of routine, etc.

Get the Most Out of Your Summer

As we have been planning our annual pilgrimage to the gulf, it has been on my mind of how to use this time for the most benefit to my family. If we are going to spend this much time and financial resources, how do we get the most out of it? Not just only in the daily activities, but make the most of the time we have together as a family and with the 2 other families that will be sharing a house with us.

Below are a few ways that we have come up with that we are planning to deploy during the summer of 24':

  1. Take a moment to enjoy God’s creation. Take in the views and remind yourself of the miracle that is in front of you. God created the ocean and mountains that you are enjoying!

  2. Be direct with your conversations. What a better time to have a deep conversation than while sitting in a vehicle for 10 hours!

  3. Look for ways to incorporate God into each day. Whether this be a family prayer or maybe being open to talking with the family next to you on the beach, be open for opportunities; God will present them to you.

  4. Don’t forget your standards of life that you have at home. Just because we are several states away, this doesn’t mean we need to neglect the everyday values that we have set in place.

  5. Have fun and remember that each day is a blessing! Enjoy your time with your family and friends!

Jon Ross Henderson

MD5 Facilitator

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