“summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. for those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. you can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. summer just opens the door and lets you out.” ~Deb Caletti
The summer sun distracts me, but that’s not all.
I write with hands itching to return to my manuscript which waits on the dirt, three quarters through a very long and twisted tunnel.
But the light pierces through. I see the expanded opening at the end. I see the grass. I see life and wide open spaces on the other side of pages that have lived stifled inside the darkness of obscurity for so many years. Written, crafted, endlessly revised words, found in my first book, are screaming for release into the fresh air for anyone who chooses to receive her.
I am so very close to the end of this tunnel and why it feels so difficult to switch gears for a blog post. But it also confirms where I want to take us as we move into our summer series on our long pilgrimage toward purposeful living.
To refresh your memory, first, we journeyed through Winter, focused on The Truth. We learned how to find the “One Thing” in our life, so we can make decisions toward that goal, but we also uncovered a bunch of lies that often thwart our efforts toward productivity.
Secondly, we journeyed through Spring, focused on The Cost. We learned about the commitment and focus it takes to stay on the course, if we truly want to uncover the unique path we were meant to live.
If you’ve been journeying with me (thank you), I’m sure you’ll agree that the road hasn’t been easy. We’ve dug up dirt and possibly found creepy things, like lots of lies and fears, under rocks.
I want to shift gears this summer, however. I’m afraid that it’s too easy to focus on purpose and productivity, but forget ourselves in the process.
The warm breeze and relaxed schedules shouldn’t be ignored and summer provides an opportunity that the other seasons don’t. I know our aim is to live with intentionality, but we can miss ourselves and the One who carefully created us, if we only have nose to the grindstone.
This summer I want us to focus more on our unique, individual paths and less on what we actually accomplish on the journey.
In order to do that, I plan to ask the Who, What, Where, When, How, and Why questions.
Who am I? /Who do I serve?
What are my goals? /What will it take?
Where am I going? /Does it really matter where that is?
When will I get there? /When is the right time?
How will I get there? /How will it happen?
Why am I going in that direction? /Why does it matter?
That’s a lot to unpack in twelve weeks and, honestly, I’m not sure how I’ll accomplish this series while planning the release of my first book! I do know that through this summer series, I will only post once a week (Wednesdays, but no guarantees). My vision is to ask a lot of questions for you to take before the Heavenly Father for insight, direction and answers.
These will not be prescriptive blogs, but reflective blogs.
It’s summertime! This is a season to be unboxed and carefree. I pray you will be open to new answers and fresh change. I pray you will re-discover beauty and intricacies about yourself that have been caged up, like my book, and you will open the window to who you were really created to be!
So… my first question.
Who are you?
Pretty tough question, really! But what better season than summer to discover the deeper, fuller answer. With opportunity waiting, walk outside. Run through the grass. Stick you nose in places–smell! Re-discover. Pray. Ask. God, who am I?
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