Instead of trying to keep everyone busy with do, do, do, God was saying to me, "Take time to be." As I was praying over this, the idea of an acrostic came to my mind. I am using the acrostic SLiCES as a target to aim at and keep our family on track this summer.
Here are our Slices of Summer Goals:
Set aside a time for study and reflection on God’s Word.
To meet this goal I purchased a few different studies for the age groups represented by my children, and one for myself. We have chosen special days of the week to work on these with each different age group. I also started a new study with a few close friends to help me with accountability.
Listen to messages and books.
My children love to listen to Adventures in Odyssey (link below). This summer we are also going to listen to books like The Chronicles of Narnia series, which you can find on YouTube for free. I have looked into some topical podcasts from places like Focus on the Family for us to listen to as well. The art of just listening is getting lost today, so the Rossiters are going to practice listening this summer.
Increase our investment in family and friends.
To accomplish this goal we have determined to keep on hand the ingredients for our favorite desserts and an open door. Spending time sitting on the porch, playing games, or racing Hot Wheels are things that can be done with no preparation. Choosing to make the little things the main things will help every second be spent on the people and not the process.
Cultivate a clutter-free home.
This one is everyone’s least favorite, but very needed. During the school year things get shoved into drawers, closets, under beds, and in the garage to be dealt with at another time. Well another time has come! Each week we will tackle a different space. We don’t do it all at once because that would be overwhelming. This gets us ready for a new school year with a clean slate and allows space for the new items we will need at the beginning of school.
Enjoy new recipes.
This one helps me kill two birds with one stone! During the school year, I neither have the time or the budget to cook anything other than the old standbys. During the summer however, I encourage my children to research and even cook new things that they would like to see added to our list of family favorites. This has been a fun thing to do together, and tasty too.
Sing songs and soak in the sunshine.
Our family loves to listen to music together. We often include worship songs with our family devotions. This summer we are taking time each day just to listen to our favorites and sing at the top of our lungs. It may not be pretty, but it will make some good memories. We are also spending a couple hours a day, if not more, out in the sunshine. We purchased an inexpensive above ground pool, for a cooler activity, and a spike ball set for the athletes in our bunch. We also drew four square on the driveway and stocked up on whiffle balls. These activities are some of our favorite ways to enjoy being outdoors.
So, what will your family’s acrostic be?
How are you going to soak up this lighter schedule? Summer is a precious time of enjoying all the things that the school year eats up. No matter how you slice your days for your family this summer, be sure that God is at the center of each one.
Our Slices of Summer Goals:
5 studies we are doing with our kiddos this summer:
True Woman 201- Interior Design: Ten Elements of Biblical Womanhood by Mary A. Kassian and Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth
We're doing this study with our girls ages 22, 20, 18, and 14.
"When we step into God’s plan for womanhood, we step into the great adventure of discovering who we are created to be. The greatest display of God’s glory, the greatest wholeness of personhood, the greatest joy of human relationships, and the greatest fruitfulness in ministry come about when we embrace and celebrate His design.
In this Bible study for women, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and Mary Kassian delve into Titus 2 to celebrate redeemed womanhood. Exploring 10 “design elements” of biblical womanhood, they will lead you on a 10-week journey of discovering what a beautiful heart looks like, and how it leads to a beautiful life.
Each week is divided into five lessons that provide opportunity for group interaction and delving deep into Scripture.
The Lord wants to come in and do a radical renovation of your heart. He wants to change you into a godly woman from the inside out. If you let Him, He’ll give you an extreme makeover... a new interior design. Why wait? Begin your renovation today." --goodreads
Lies Girls Believe & The Truth That Sets Them Free by Dannah Gresh and Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth
We're doing this study with our girls ages 11, 8 and 6.
"Today’s girls face a number of challenges we never dealt with at their age. From skyrocketing anxiety rates to bullying on social media, the Enemy’s lies are everywhere. How do you help the girl you love walk in freedom?
Equip her with Truth. Dannah Gresh, author of Secret Keeper Girl and Lies Young Women Believe (coauthored with Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth) brings you Lies Girls Believe. This fun, easy-to-read book engages your daughter in the twenty most important truths she needs. She’ll help solve problems using fun sidebars and it’s packed with wisdom, quizzes, games, exploded quotes, and graphics to help her absorb the message.
For the best results, use the accompanying Mom’s Guide to Lies Girls Believe which invites you to critically examine the lies girls believe and discover how to set your daughter free. It also helps facilitate discussion between you and your daughter." --goodreads
Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science by Louie Giglio.
We're doing this study with our 4-11 year olds.
"It’s impossible to out-imagine God. He orchestrates time, creates light, and speaks things into existence—from the largest stars to the smallest starfish. God is a powerful, purposeful, personal, unparalleled Creator.
Each devotion features a “Be Amazed” section with fascinating facts, hands-on activities, and a closing prayer. Based on Louie Giglio’s popular messages “Indescribable” and “How Great Is Our God,” Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science will help kids discover the incredible creation of our indescribable God." --goodreads
Heroes of the Bible by Joshua Cooley.
We're doing this study with our boys ages 13 and 9.
"Ask any 12-year-old kid to describe a hero, and you will get some of the following answers: a superstar athlete, a soldier on the front lines, or a guy in a cape who can jump over buildings.
Control Girl, lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control From Seven Women in the Bible by Shannon Popkin.
A study with friends for accountability.
"Little fights with your husband and kids. Unhappiness when things don't match your version of perfect. Tension, anger, fear—it all begins with a heart that craves control. When your vision of how life should be replaces God's vision, you doom your quest for security, peace, and joy before it even starts. Thankfully, there is a better way.
"With personal vulnerability, biblical depth, powerful personal illustrations, and pointed application questions, Shannon Popkin reveals how seven women of the Bible can teach us how to surrender our will to God's design for our future." —Carol Kent, speaker and author of Becoming a Woman of Influence
"Control Girl is a penetrating look at how selfishness and self-protectiveness wreck lives—and why surrender and trust are God's life-giving pathways to true freedom and joy." —Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author and Revive Our Hearts teacher and host" --goodreads
Listening references: Focus on the Family, Adventures in Odyssey podcast and Radio Theater.
So, how will you be intentional about taking time to be with your kiddos this summer?
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