Day 1: Start with Prayer

My younger daughter went with my husband to Take Your Child to Work Day a couple of weeks ago. While she was there, she did an activity to find out what types of jobs she might like. Nearly all of her interests ended up being active things. She got a zero in the types of jobs that require lots of thoughts and analysis.

My younger daughter is like a lot of us. She's a doer. She wants to jump right in and get her hands dirty. She doesn't like waiting for directions, and she rarely stops to think before she jumps into an activity with both feet.

I tell you this because I know many of you are ready to jump into planning for your summer with both feet. You want to do something. You want to fill your binder with pages of things to do with your kids this summer. And what I'm going to ask you to do today is going to go against that nature. Because today I want you to simply be still and talk to God.

Now, don't panic. All of you who printed off your pretty cover and made your binder yesterday will still get a printable to go in it. But the focus of today is going to be talking with God. The worksheet is just there to help you do that.

You can have a successful summer without starting with prayer. You and your kids can do fun activities, you can grow and learn, and you can get to the end of the summer feeling pretty good about what you've accomplished. But if we cover our summer in prayer before we get started, we get all those things plus we know that we're on the path that God wants us to be on.

Right now, you may be reading this thinking that you know exactly what you and your kids need to work on this summer. You've noticed behaviors that need to change and interests that need to be nurtured. But when we lay all those things at God's feet, we may find that God has different ideas of what our kids need to learn.

Proverbs 16:3 says, "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." We want God to be the leader this summer. We want to go down the paths that He wants us to walk.

So, today, spend some time in prayer over your summer. Ask God to show you what He wants you to do with your kids. Ask Him to help you make the most of the time you have, whether it's all day or simply time together in the evenings and on the weekends. Then, listen for His direction.

For all you doers out there, you'll find a printable for your binder here that will help you collect your thoughts and help you hear what God is saying. Write down your prayers. Pray for each child. Then write down what God says and how He wants you to respond.

Starting our summers with prayer, sets us up for success. It lets us discover what God has planned for our families before we start making plans. Turn your summer over to God today. It's the best way to get started on The Best Summer Ever.

If you missed yesterday, be sure to check out the beginning of our The Best Summer Ever series. And don't forget to head over to the Facebook page to join in the discussion.

Linking up today with Time-Warp Wife, Growing Home, and A Pause on the Path.