If we were sitting down over coffee catching up, I’d tell you that I didn’t mean to take the summer off from writing on my blog. I would also tell you that this summer felt like one long swim test where I got stuck treading water in the deep end for days on end!!! Some days I felt strong and sure of myself, I could tread that water so well that I got my shoulders out above the water. Other days, I was certain I would drown because my nose kept dipping under the water. Yes, that pretty much sums up my summer. But, you know what I was in the pool!
No, this summer didn’t have the normal slower rhythms our summer usually encompasses. It did include a lot of great things for our family. One of which was welcoming our youngest into the age of double digits. While this stage is fun in ways that toddler days aren’t. It is also EXHAUSTING in ways that toddler days aren’t.
One thing I have come to learn in this journey called motherhood is that all the sage advice of those who have gone before you cannot and will not fully prepare you for that new said stage! This summer was full of new adventures and memories. It was also full of life talks and a few not so fun parenting moments.
Life comes at you fast sometimes. As soon as you feel like you have the hang of one season, you enter a new one. But, we have God to help us through it. His hope. His grace. His guidance.
No, friend, I wasn’t ready for the new season that came with the summer months but you want to know how I kept from drowning? Right here in Hebrews:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. ~ Hebrews 12:1-2
Keeping my eyes on Jesus. Learn to let go of the things that slow you down. That maybe you don’t need to carry with you into this season. Because there is JOY in every season when we keep our eyes on Jesus!
How are you navigating this season?