The Summer Plan

When my kids were little, my plan was simple – be outside! Day trips to the pool or park and evenings catching fireflies and eating ice cream cones. Oh, I
miss my plan of nothing but a lazy day!

Summer became busier when my plan started to include scheduled activities like t-ball and piano lessons. Once the kids were in school, I felt pressured to challenge them academically. Oh, they complained about those “Summer Bridge” activity books, but it was part of my plan!

Now that my kids are in their teen years, we’re facing a very different kind of summer. I’m working more, Hope has her first job, and Alex is in travel baseball. I have no clue how to make all this work and create my plan for this summer, and it’s driving me crazy!

But honestly, I’m tired of freaking out over my plan. I’m tired of the constant headaches, tense shoulders, and racing heart. I’m tired of trying to figure everything out and make it work the way I think it should. I’m slowly realizing that something’s gotta give. And that something is my control. The reason I like my plan so much is because I like predictable. I like routine. I like safe.

But deep in my heart, I know safety is not found in the unrealistic expectations I’ve put into my plan. I’m only truly safe in God’s hands. The peace and joy my soul craves solely comes from God, not an organized calendar. Romans 8:28 says, “. . . in all things God works for the good of those who love Him,” and Psalm 46:10 reminds me to “Be still and know that He is God.” Totally realistic. Totally worth striving for.

My plan this summer is going to be super challenging! I’m going to try not to expect perfection and just roll with it. I’m a little scared, but I’m going to intentionally wait, trust, and place my hope in the One who truly holds the plan, not only for this summer, but for all my days. It’s His plan, not mine. And it’s gonna be amazing!

Janine Fairchild
10am to 3pm weekdays

I'd love for you to share below; when was the last time you had to throw out your plan and trust in God’s direction?
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