As we deal with the heat of the summer, we all like to slow down and take a break, which is great and well deserved- as life is hectic and stressful. There is more to summer than relaxing on the beach. Taking advantage of the many restoratives and personally fulfilling opportunities that this unique season provides. Here are some ideas for living out your faith this summer.
Strengthen your Relationships.
We are called to live our faith in our relationships with family, friends, and those who God has put into our lives. We are created to be in relationships – so summer is a great time to be intentional about strengthening those relationships that are important to us.
Get reacquainted with Your Bible
As you have a change in your schedule it is a great time to dedicate some of your reading efforts to your Bible. You can join a bible study or pursue reading at your own pace. Either way getting into God’s word is a great practice to start in the summer months.
Expand your reading list
The bible can form the basis of an excellent summer of reading. It is also a great time to look at our other books and you will find plenty of literary options for both insight and entertainment. Set aside a few minutes at the end of the day and curl up with a faith-based book.
Relearn to pray
If you have fallen out of the habit of praying daily, or only praying on Sundays, or when we are worried about something, it is time to break out of the trap and establish a more routine prayer life. Prayer is the communication with God. Just spend some time telling him what is in your heart and mind. He just wants to hear from you. He loves you and misses you.
Embrace a spirit of service
Opportunities for volunteerism abound all around us and we are all busy but you will find that if you give of yourself and your time the reward will be worth it. It does not take much time to make a difference in someone’s life. Offer to help someone and watch the smile it puts on their face.
Make this summer a season of intention. There is nothing wrong with relaxation , but you will come away feeling far more fulfilled and rested if you start a new habit this Summer.
With Christ’s blessings,