Normally I am not one who likes change, but the summer months are an exception. My days of substitute teaching are now filled with driving my boys around (keeping them active) and finally getting back into a routine of exercise and cleaning (which has been severely lacking the past several months!) I get to watch lots of ball games, swim meets, and even some concerts (thanks to my husband's role in the Jimmy Warner Band).
I get to help take care of a garden - resulting in fresh veggies and canned goods for the winter months. And of course prepare a year's worth of strawberry jam for my family and friends to enjoy (lots of work but totally worth it!). I also look forward to a trip to Washington D.C. in July to visit my brother. Lots of activities to enjoy and memories to make!
My prayer is that each day I can wake up with an "I get to" attitude, instead of "I have to". Those few little words make a huge difference. Even when I'm doing tasks that I don't enjoy, I want to remember that I "get to" do them. My free taxi service can be a pain until I remember that because I have children who are healthy and active, I get to take them places to burn off their energy. The constant need to keep up with housekeeping, laundry, and meal prep can be a chore until I remember that they come as a result of having a family I get to take care of. Not everyone has that. Some of you might get to work a job and earn needed income. Or maybe you get to spend priceless time with loved ones who need your care. Or maybe you get to volunteer and show God's love to those around you. I challenge you to be thankful for all you get to do, no matter what your circumstances happen to be.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18