“So, what did you do on your summer vacation?” There was a time I didn’t like this question. This year, I’m eager to answer! What did I do? Well …
My Word for 2014 is Focus; my summer was spent developing my focus. My focus commitment is 4-fold:
- my family
- what’s important
- my health
Excerpts from Unglued, Believing God, The Carpenter, AHA, Gods at War, Love Does, & Not a Fan
My heart’s desire is to be Jesus’ hands & feet to those around me. I’ve been devouring a lot of books this year which focus on being a strong follower (as opposed to a fan) of Jesus.
I’m so thankful for this time in the mornings and evenings to read and marinate in the Word … time without constraints to read and study passages of Scripture and glean truth. Time to read … just read.
I’m not sure if it’s my desire or if it’s Holy Spirit inspired, but I believe I should be sharing this knowledge instead of hoarding it.
Time to move into the application phase!
How will I do this? Lead a Bible study? Minister to my neighbors? Head out on a mission trip over Spring Break next year or next summer? All of these, none of these … I have no idea. What I do know is I am committed to focusing on the important.
Digging into the Word is important. So is my family.
Hub and I continue to believe we are called to be parents and are praying about plans to expand our family. Will we be more than a family of two humans and three dogs next summer? Again, no idea. We’ve been waiting for almost 30 years to be parents, so our answer is: we both hope so! In the meantime …
Hub and I were able to coordinate our schedules and head out of town for a couple trips this summer. These were places we were able to head to and return from on a tank of gas. We had a great time together, even when things didn’t go exactly as planned. The important fact was we were spending time together which is something we’re not really able to do during our “normal” life.
I got to spend time with my family and even managed to squeak out a win over my intelligent & talented niece when we played this:
To her credit, she did win one game
I couldn’t resist laughing when she commented, “I can’t believe I’m actually playing this against a TEACHER!”
Hub & I have lived in this house for over a decade and there are things we’ve dreamed of doing in the home-improvement department for quite a while now. I decided to surprise him and begin working on one of those projects on the 4th of July.
“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:4-6 (NIV)
It’s not done but “in progress.” I still have a few things I’d like to do before I can call the project complete. And I like it that way for now because it’s a tangible illustration of how I am in His hands. I was overgrown with lots of mess in my life before God began working on me. He’s had to cut a lot of dead wood and overgrowth out of me and I can say with confidence He won’t be done pruning and shaping me until I cross that finish line at the end of my life. My joy is anticipating the moment I’ll hear Him proclaim, “Well done!”
Sunflowers in Gruene
Summer vacations for educators aren’t ever complete without the requisite doctor appointments we schedule so we don’t miss time from our students and staff. I found a field of these outside my doctor’s office on a recent visit. It was a nice opportunity to take the time and snap some pictures before heading home.
What did I do on my summer vacation? A little bit of this, a little bit of that.
And a whole lot of focusing on what is important: God, family, faith