What a fabulous summer! Summer rolled in like the tide. Its ebbs and flows played a beautiful rhythm. In fact, this summer led us to places, in ways, we didn’t plan or predict.
I enjoy summer. It gives me a much needed mental break from the everyday, nonstop hustle of the school year. Being a homeschool mom certainly has its own challenges as well as joys. I enjoy the relaxed, easy going, lazier days of summertime. I’m just always happy to see summer rolling up!
Now, we are sitting at the door of a new school year. New books, new folders, pens and paper. A refreshed and renewed attitude. Students are actually ready to take on the adventure of the new school year. We attend a homeschool co-op, so everyone is excited to see old friends and make new ones. It promises to be a great school year.
As fall is right here at our front door, I can’t help but think of new beginnings. Where summer chills me out and rigid schedules and patterns relax, the onset of fall calls for renewed energy and the starting of new disciplines.
One of the disciplines that took a hit was my regular time of personal devotion and spiritual reflection. It was too easy to wake up, roll over and check out social media or the morning news. What I began to notice was the negativity that awaits you each morning! Not the shot of grace and hope you actually need to help you start the day effectively. Whew! Habits can be hard to break!
I have the dearest of friends who has impacted me. I have great respect and admiration for her for so many reasons. One reason being, she has taken an indefinite break from Facebook because she saw the negative impact it had on her parenting and her relating to her kids. Her life had become an interruption to the steady stream of Facebook. She did what she knew she needed to do. She is a good and wise momma.
I find myself longing for a mind break. I realize the constant stream of social media is exhausting me. I end up being unable to even slow down mentally. Any free moment is spent scrolling and perusing and comparing and tuning out the world around me. The constant onslaught of information makes it really difficult to adequately and appropriately process the world.
Anyway, I see moments of these distractions becoming far too central to my time.
I’m not ready to shut it all off completely. However, I do need to bring it back to its proper place. So, the fall is a great time to adjust course. I have a few apps I will be using to aid me in my spiritual devotion. I highly recommend them for your own daily encouragement.
The first one is “She Reads Truth”. Besides being inspirational, this app is beautiful! Here is the link for you to check it out.
The second one is “First 5” by Proverbs 31 Ministries. This program has additional resources you can purchase to go along with the study on the app. This one is pretty cool! You can use this app as an alarm; it will wake you with the new devotional for the day. Here is the link:
The third one I use occasionally is “Jesus Calling.” I have used this in book form, but use the app more frequently as of late. Here is the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/jesus-calling/id607521654?mt=11
A fourth resource I am going to use for devotional time with the kids is https://instagram.com/100dayswithjesus/. This is a study focusing on the 100 names of God. It isn’t geared just to children, but they do have a portion that can help relate it to children. I am excited for this!
It seems to help me to have these devotionals to turn to each day. I am all for whatever can challenge and meet me where I am. Different seasons call for different resources. During this renewed season, I am also purposing to pray for my kids more. This is not a safe world; what greater thing can a mother do than pray for her children? At this moment I am praying for wisdom, protection and favor with God and man.
I am excited for this fresh fall season. It’s time to reign in my crew and provide more structure and order to our days. The lazy days of summer are much needed, but now it’s time for the focus that fall brings.
What are you looking forward to about this new season? What resources do you utilize to guide your meditation and reflection? I would love to hear what inspires you and draws your closer to God. I think it is exciting to see the way different personalities connect with God. We don’t all do it the same way. And isn’t that great? What disciplines work well for you? I want to hear about it!
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