Summer brings other changes too, lots of busyness for many. Yes some are the same, with vacation and three-day weekends comes the need to work longer hours to get all our responsibilities finished in order to get the time off. And with others taking off for their vacations, it often increases our work loads. Thus, Summer often increases the workload and stress level for many.
Summer also brings changes to our finances. The price of gas, the cost of vacations and short trips, the increase in electric bills, and the many activities our children are involved in during the Summer, all put added stress on the finances of many people.
With all that Summer brings - I have been reminded this year to . . .
1. Spend as much time with my family as possible as these years in my children's lives are not lasting long.
2. Set priorities and operate according to values, thus not allowing the things that go undone to stress me more than they should. Do what I can, and trust the Lord to show me what to do, and then trust Him to do the work He calls us to.
3. Take opportunities to minister to those around me, as they too need time away with their families.
4. Make good financial plans, stay focused in my stewardship, trust the Lord to provide all that he leads us to do.
Summer brings many good things - as long as I stay focused on Christ through it all.