Redeeming August

In my imaginary perfect world, summer signals lazy days filled with even slower activities. Days lounging by the pool and soaking in the sun with a great book. Laughing with wonder at the kids and their adorable antics as ice cream drips off their chins.  I can see it all now.  It’s a glorious sight.

It is NOT my reality.

My summer has been filled to the brim with activity and was heading very quickly to overflowing with burnout instead of relaxation.  We’ve had lovely vacations with family and many, many pool days with dear friends.  We  just haven’t taken time to slow down in between all that activity and just soak in the beauty of summer.

It’s time to redeem August!


I am saying NO.

Unless it’s already been scheduled I am not taking on any more this summer.  I have crossed off all the days I commit to staying home on my calendar to remind myself.

Saying no allows me to breathe.

Saying no allows me to relax and focus on what is really important.

Saying no allows me to really soak in the waning days of summer.

Saying no allows me to say yes to my calling as a wife, mom, homeschooler, and writer.

By saying no I am saying yes to the things that God has entrusted me with while I let the not so important things slip away.

I encourage you to look at what time you have this month, make a commitment to slow down, MARK your calendar and let’s redeem August together before summer passes us by.

Slow down and enjoy life.  It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.  ~Eddie Cantor

Any suggestions for slowing down?  What works for you?  I always love hearing your ideas!

Joining with The Weekend BrewThriving Thursdays, A Royal Daughter, Moms the Word, The Better Mom, and Fellowship Fridays.


8 Replies to “Redeeming August”

  1. i remember how crazy busy life got when our kids were young…and how i had to learn to stop and stay home for my own sake and that of our family. sometimes we all just needed to slow down and catch our breath from all the craziness!

    1. Exactly, Martha! Tomorrow is one of my official days home- I’ve been protecting it like a mother hen 🙂 Thanks for visiting 🙂

  2. Yes, I’m saying No with you. I have plenty still on my calendar. But I can say no to anymore. I want to be quiet, relax, and enjoy some good God time. Thanks to both you and Tricia Goyer for this reminder.

    1. I just popped over and read Tricia’s post as well- love it! I’m glad I’m not alone here- we can stick together 🙂 Thank you for visiting! Blessings!

  3. When the kids were younger I would look at my calendar on Sunday night and it would seem like I had a pretty empty week with not much to do (other than homeschooling).

    But then, as the days went by they would fill up quickly with unexpected activities, errands, needs or whatever. They fill up fast, don’t they?

    I try and keep Friday pretty free and open. My hubby is a pastor and has Fridays off, so that is the ONE day where I will try and protect. But I love your idea of crossing off the days and staying home! Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday! 🙂

    1. Those days do fill up fast! Thanks so much for stopping by, Nan- I always appreciate it!

  4. I fight to stay balanced. I work full time, am actively involved in church ministry, which puts me out a few nights a week, homeschool and well, blog. It’s truly a battle at times but I know putting up boundaries and saying no, even to ministry, is a must.

    1. Balance is such a fine line when there is so much tugging at you. And saying no is hard- I totally get that 🙂

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