“Hey, what are you up to this summer?” I’m asked that question at least 2 times a week. Obviously, they’re not reading The Looking Glass By Kathy!! 😒😒
As I wrap up my explanation of what I’m doing this summer, I’m once again faced with the realization that you have to fight to be intentional. Protecting my Intentional Summer Slowdown (ISSD) causes me to wield the sword at various distractions. Often.
Nothing worthwhile comes without a battle, does it? If you’re going to be intentional about disconnecting to slowdown you’ve got to protect that sacred space. So, with that in mind here’s my final two focus points for my ISSD:
Read and Re-enter
—Read–Right now I’m reading ‘Kill The Spider’ by Carlos Whittaker. As I read this book (and others) it helps deepen my resolve to be a better me. That’s my goal: reading to realign with God’s purpose and plan for me. I (personally) don’t use this time for reading fiction. My ISSD is the perfect time to sharpen my spirit and my skills as a spiritual mentor, leader and disciple–so my readings are deliberate–and intentional.
–Re-enter–In approximately 3 weeks I will re-enter my ‘normal life’. A life filled with both mundane as well as ministry responsibilities. A life that’s purposeful in my connections and calling. I make myself ready to re-enter before I fully immerse myself in a new season. I set some goals for myself–both ministry and personal. I break them down into bite size (doable) goals. Praying also gets my mind ready to once again take on a full load of responsibilities. I also spend lots of time asking God for wisdom and direction for the new ministry year AND listening to His voice about it. I also take time to thank God for the privilege and opportunity to slow down for the summer–intentionally.
How’s your summer going? Are you being intentional about slowing down?
Sending Summer Blessings ☀️