It is about this time each summer that the last twelve months catches up with me. It has been this way ever since I graduated high school. Summer programs are on the down hill side of things and the anticipation of a short break before season of fall is hot in the mind
This time of the year is full of stress, anxiety and dangerous amounts of coffee. With being in the down hill side of summer means crunch time, a rush to get every thing done. It is a time of year where sleep goes out the window and taking measures to take yourself, ie gym, diet, etc, fall to the wayside. Quite, frankly, it is the worst time of the year, physically, mentally and spiritually. Everything just sort of snowballs and at the bottom of the hill you find me, an utter and complete wreak, a man in need of great amount of mending.
With that said, I have learned much over these six or seven years. I have learned that I must take care of my health, all aspect of it, in order to be a the best I can be- a half asleep, fried brain Pennell is more hindrance than help… I learned that I need to plan ahead and be mindful of how much I can actually accomplish, not think I can accomplish. I have learned that I need to engaged in prayer, worship and the word, these are three things that I have in the past, have pushed to the side first- they ought not be left out in the name of “not enough time.” Lastly, let what ever rest time you have be rest time, be selfish with that time and use it wisely, us it to actually rest and connect with God.
Currently I am in a “dead” week between the end of my internship and summer classes and the start of school in the fall. I have a paper to write and packing to do, but I have taken a couple of days to rest and regain a sustainable rhythm of life. I strongly that there are seasons in life and for me, Summer is a crazy one and in that time it is easy to get disoriented- right now is at time to focus…
~I pray that I do not lose sight of the Father. I adore you God for your awesome power and might, your love and grace. I give you all the glory, honor, and praise. Forever and ever. Amen.