Mom to Mom with Daphne: Summer of Staying Week Three

My Dear Sister,

The non-stop, crazy, calendar-filled last days of school have ended, but then comes the wind down—sorting through all the papers from the school year, finalizing vacation plans and summer camps, and finding that half-eaten sandwich at the very bottom of the backpack. When that’s all done, you grab a refreshing drink, sit down to relax, and then read about…Back to School sales?! Where did the summer go?

Yes, this is an exaggeration, but do you sometimes feel like even though you’re in the middle of summer, you can’t relax? Are you tired of trying to remember which child goes to which camp or if you have enough sleeping bags or what happened to all the sunblock?!

James 4:14 says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” The context of this verse relates to boasting and spending time doing business without submitting to God. How does this relate to our job of mothering?

You, dear mama, are not a “cog in the wheel” who goes about her job without thinking or feeling. Summer is crazy, but it’s a different crazy than the school year. To keep summertime intentional, we need to check our attitudes, as they will directly impact the temperament of the family.

Whatever the moment brings you, enjoy it! Whether the second hand seems to move too fast or too slow, stay connected with your family. An old hymn says, “Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same. All may change, but Jesus never, glory to His name.” He is forever faithful, present, and cheering you on.

Love and Blessings,
Daphne and the Help Club for Moms Team

“Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitude toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.” Chuck Swindoll

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