A Mother's Prayer for Summer

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"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!

 

Amen.


Copyright 2018 Erika Marie

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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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