Interruptions can be unnerving if we let them. Unpredictable interruptions as the urgent needs of children at home during the Summer can be challenging to say the least. I thrive when I have a schedule. I seem to find comfort in a scheduled predictable day. Now is a time of transition, when we are getting ready for our children to be out of school, Summer activities, etc. For some of us, this can bring feelings of uneasiness. We creatures like order. Hey, even birds seem to get up and sing at the same time in the morning. I know some of us cannot wait for Summer and that’s great! You thrive on the unpredictable. I, on the other hand like a plan, like the predictable. I thrive on creativity, yet creativity within known boundaries. There is hope.
If you have a similar bent as mine, I have a suggestion: Each evening write out a plan for the next day. Put on it hourly details, for instance, “breakfast: 7-8am, emails: 8-9am, break: 9-10am”, etc. This will bring a feeling of order. Now, inevitably, the kids will alter this schedule, but take heart, at least you have a plan. Your kids take precedence, so lets enjoy their interruptions this Summer. Lets realize we don’t get to have them home forever. Our daughter is going into senior year next year and I so realize I need to enjoy her while I can.
Still learning that, yes, even in changing times, daily changing times, there is a beautiful PURPOSE at this time and space. As much as we try to control, we do not know our future, not even what will really happen in this here and now day. I do not know what my future holds, yet I do know Who holds the future. Be encouraged that even in the seeming chaos of Summer, there still is a specific PURPOSE for this minute, this hour, this day in your life. You have PURPOSE. You are BEAUTIFUL. Keep PURSUING your dream, but enjoy the interruptions for we learn, we grow, if only growing in patience within those interruptions. (who through faith and patience inherit the promises. -Heb. 6:12b).
Realize that interruptions are the stories we will have tomorrow. I think on my life and realize the interruptions are the very things I talk about years later. The funny stories, the fond memories, the realized blessings I encountered through those interruptions. Growth and blessings from interruptions–Who would have thought? (“Everything works out for good to them who love God…” Rom. 8:28)
For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
March ’21, What a privilege to capture the fun of Cort, Laura and baby Atticus!
Location: Frontier Park, StC Mo