“That the next generation
might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them
to their children, so that
they should set their
hope in God
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments.”

PSALM 78:6~7 ESV

My “30 before Thirty List”. Nope. I’m not going to make a bucket list. Been there, done that. I’ve written too many lists, I’ve tried too hard to color inside the lines. So, this Summer won’t be about the perfect vacation. It won’t be about trying 50 exotic new foods. It won’t even be about memorizing five new Bible verses. Nope. I’m not going to make a list. This summer is about freedom. Freedom to play with the kids. To enjoy the smell of dirt and sweaty, curly-headed toddlers. To teach my daughters about love and grace, by being loving and gracious (even when I’m tired and grumpy). Freedom to take off the training wheels. To watch my son careen down the driveway (and hold my breath a little bit). Freedom to be broken. So, I’m a little tired and run down. So, there’s crayon on the wall. So what? Life is messy and kids are only little once. Freedom to be still. Yes, we’ll pack up our family of six and move this Summer. Yes, my husband is job-hunting. And, yes…that will require a lot of work (and list-making)! Yet, even in the midst of limitations and imperfection, and uncertainty…I can rest in God’s grace. In Him I find the freedom to value myself…for who I am, not what I do. This Summer isn’t about the finding myself, it’s about letting go, and experiencing God. That is what it’s all about.

 Echoes of Mercy:

CHELSEA MOON with the FRANZ BROTHERS: What Wondrous Love Is This?

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