A Mother's Prayer for Summer

"A mother's prayer for summer" by Erika Marie (CatholicMom.com)

Image via Pexels (2017), CC0 Public Domain. Modified by the author.


Dear God,

It’s that time of year again.

The time of year a slight feeling of panic starts creeping into my chest, making it a little harder to breathe.

The time of year when school’s almost done and summer break is almost begun.

The time of year my email inbox fills with a constant gush of requests, sign-up reminders, (Wait, I don’t remember signing-up for that? What was I thinking back in September?!), important dates to remember and deadlines to meet.

The time of year I realize I should already have a summer plan in place and registrations for summer activities submitted and paid for before it’s too late. The time of year I get overwhelmed with all the choices and schedules.

It’s the time of year I begin fearing the voices:

I’m boooorrreeeed.

He hit me.

She touched me. 

I was sitting there first (in my mind)!

What can I do? 

I don’t want to do anything. 

I’m so booorrrreeeed. 

God, it’s that time of year again.

The time of year I need you. Like, really, really, NEED you.

I need you, God.

Help me breathe … in … out … in … out.

Help me be grateful — for the teachers, the administrators, the paraeducators and volunteers, the lunch ladies (can I hire them this summer?) the janitors — God, bless them!

Help me manage all the emails and dates, all the requests and to-do’s.

Help me say, “Yes,” to what I can and say, “No,” to what I can’t.


Help me accept my imperfections and those of my children.

Help me surrender — perfection, stability, predictability, peace and quiet.

Help me to Trust in You: with everything.

Help me soak in these quieter days and turn to you in prayer.

God, I ask you to fill me with all the grace, strength, love — and patience! — you can give me.

I’m going to need it!

I’m going to need YOU!



Copyright 2018 Erika Marie


About Author

Erika Marie is a simple Catholic, Wife, and Mama. She relishes snuggles and free time with her family and enjoys reading, writing, blogging, and has a slightly obsessive addiction to creating Canva graphics. Enjoy more reflections by Erika at her personal simplemama blog.

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