As we enter the warm month of July, I hope you are able to fully embrace the beauty we have right across the street from us: the ocean! I am finding it very easy to fall into my regular routine, and not spend as much time down by the water and even the marsh! Again two beautiful areas we are incredibly blessed to live near, and I hope you are able to make the time to spend time in both of these areas. Just think of the reaction of someone who hasn’t been to the beach in a while, and you share this beautiful gift with them. I always love sharing this God given gift of ours, especially around sunrise and sunset!
Another temptation I’m having lately is technology. My resting time often consists of flipping through my phone and updating myself on news, sports etc. However in these summer months, I’m going to make another pitch to get outside and move beyond our screens. I read a book recently called Restoring Conversations by Sherry Turkle, and she wrote about our relationship with technology and its effect on our close relationships. Two things in particular I want to invite you to during these summer months: solitude and time away from screens! Both can be combined at the same time, but don’t have to be!
Do you know how many people living in US or beyond have never seen a beach/the ocean? I know it’s a weird question, but again there are many people who are never able to soak in this piece of God’s art. I will be the first to admit I take it 100% for granite. I can however, fight that temptation and still take part in this art of nature. However, if screens are a major part of my rest, I will never get outside or have time to invest in my relationships present to me. On an unrelated but little interesting note from the book, the head members of both Apple and Google, two of the biggest companies in the world, are choosing to send their children to technology free schools! Think about that for a minute.

Take a moment to soak in the present moment, appreciate God’s gifts, and be thankful for the blessings you have in your life!

Solitude…. very important! You can even find solitude through the environment, and I highly encourage nature walks! (my favorite). Another note is students are now being taught at some private schools the ability to UNItask. Not multitask, unitask. I encourage you to unitask this week, pull your full heart, mind and soul into one thing at a time (family, solitude, prayer, etc). We constantly choose to multitask, but when we do are we truly present? Tap into the beauty of unitasking, especially in these summer months. God’s mercy and grace abound in the present moment, soak it in!