Summer is meant for relaxing pool days, sleeping later, sipping iced tea and kids away at summer camp. Right?
This sounds idyllic. It’s the storybook summertime we dream of as kids. The picture-perfect movie-esque summer we long for all school year long. The break we all need. But unfortunately for most of us, this isn’t the case.
Kids are wild and screaming and still busy with activities. They’re fighting. They want to stay up late and then they don’t sleep in. They’re complaining about being bored. Work and errands are still alive and well. The to-do lists are still long. You still have to go to work. (Being an adult sucks.) And you thought summer vacation was going to be relaxing.
Most of my mornings this summer, the first thing I want to do (after reaching for that glorious, icy, freshly brewed mug of coffee) is open my computer and work on the blog. I can’t wait to write, collaborate, connect, post, and create. My wheels start turning before I’m out of bed and my fingers can barely type fast enough to keep up with my racing mind.
Other days, though, the creative juices just aren’t flowing. It’s hard to get out of bed. The coffee is good, but my mind is slow, still powered down from the night’s sleep. It’s on these mornings that I reach for my Bible.
After a family emergency-turned miracle at the beginning of the summer that took us off-island for a few weeks, my whole routine and faith-life got turned upside down. It’s been hard for me to feel connected to the Lord, and between travel and distractions, returning to Maui, jumping back into the day-job grind, and catching up with community, Jesus was pushed to the back burner. He’s there, nudging my heart, but I fall asleep before I finish my prayers, I sleep until the alarm goes off (this is very out of character for me), and read a measly verse or two in between errands.
My heart wants to be on fire.
My mind wants to know the Bible backwards and forwards.
My spirit wants to spend time with Jesus.
But my flesh? It succumbs to distractions and time restraints time and time again.
I dramatically told my husband two months ago, “I feel like my soul is suffocating”. Dramatic or not, I can’t help but feel that way when I’ve drifted far away from God.
It’s hard for me to spend time in the word when I’m excited and ideas are flowing. Emails are waiting. Notifications are rolling in.
The question I keep coming back to is this: How do we stay on fire for God in our chronically busy lifestyles?
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