Cast Away Your Worries
As the last week of school approaches for many, stress reaches a peak as  tests and grading periods come to a close. Summer is a time to be carefree. More often than not, we adults tend to get caught up in little things that really don’t matter, or big things we can’t change. Children especially, should not be burdened with worries beyond their control.
This tradition is a great way for all of us to learn to let go of what troubles us and enjoy the precious time we have together, especially if you have some worriers in the bunch. Yes, it’s a little corny, but it’s a great visual to help the children process. On the last day of school, or as you are preparing to take off for the family’s summer vacation, have everyone write down something that worries them. Whatever it is that bothers us, once it is down on paper, it’s easier to let go. To celebrate this, roll up your “worries” and tie them with a ribbon. Have everyone toss their worries over their shoulder, bury them or throw them away. Declare that you are not going to let those worries get in the way of embracing the moment. Your swimming pool, a local fountain or the bathtub are all great places to “let go” and begin your carefree summer.
For our family, we commit those worries to the Lord, because we know He understands them better than any of us.

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