06 Jul Director’s Blog – Jul 2018
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
“When you try and control everything, you enjoy nothing. Sometimes, you just need to relax, breathe, let go and live in the moment!”
Happy summer to all! I hope you are having a fabulous summer and are finding time to REALLY relax and enjoy your life and family!
Warm, sunny weather doesn’t necessarily mean less stress or worry, however! “Life” happens even in the summer and wouldn’t it be amazing if all of life’s struggles disappeared along with the gray skies and rain?
Jesus reminds us, however, that even though this life will have times of rough sailing, we can come to Him, fall in His arms and unburden our hearts! He has promised to give us a peace that the world cannot give.
I encourage you to relax in the arms of Christ this summer, breathe in His grace, lay your burdens at His feet and experience the real joy of knowing you don’t have to have everything and everyone under control! He has promised to help us in all things!
Here is a great way to help de-stress your family life:
Studies show that families who eat together regularly see big benefits- Research shows that regular family dinners are good for the body, the brain, and the mental health of families. Providing time for children to be heard and feel important is immense! Studies have shown it can reduce childhood anxiety and depression!
- Let your children get involved in the preparations for the meal: Let them take turns choosing the “theme” and menu, make shopping for the food fun (like a scavenger hunt) let them stir and mix, or choose where to eat (a park?) These things can make kids more likely to eat what’s being offered, as well.
- A recent survey showed that parents were 2x as likely to use gadgets at the table as kids were! Try a no-technology rule at the table! Put cell phones away because if you’re checking your phone, you’re not focusing on the people who are present.
- You can agree as a family to keep topics off the table that spark conflict- Give everyone a chance to connect about other things.
FUN TABLE GAME
Rosebud and Thorn: Ask each person to share a “thorn” from their day (something that was difficult) and a “rosebud” (something they hope happens tomorrow).
Peace and Joy!