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More Than Chillin’

Kate, Lauren & Karin

Summer is a great time to chill and to enjoy, but it’s also a great time to stretch and grow, to reflect on the year so far, and to pal around with your best friend—God.

 

Take a Break—with God

“I just need a break!” I yell frequently during the school year. Sometimes I get so busy and stressed out that I can barely find the time to read my Bible and to pray. I promise myself that when summer comes, I’ll spend more time with God. Then summer arrives, and I have time to do whatever I want—stay up late, sleep late, hang out with friends, go on vacation, and—oh, yeah, spend time with God. Hum . . . wait a minute . . . How did God end up at the bottom of my list? Isn’t God supposed to be my top priority?

devozine Summer Bible Reading2 TS 80706466If you’re like me, you find it easy to forget God amid the fun and busyness of summer. It’s as if having more free time means I have less time for God, who is supposed to be my best friend. So I have to try harder to put God first. I may not read my Bible first thing in the morning, but I can certainly find time to do it at some point in the day. God has given me the summer to rest and relax, but that doesn’t mean I should ignore the most important relationship in my life. I definitely need a break once in a while, but I never want to take a break from my relationship with God. Instead, I am learning how to take a break with God.

—Kate Traub

 

Bask in the Son

Summer is amazing: sleeping in, no school, lots of outdoor activities—a virtual paradise! But do you know what I love more than the warm glow I receive from spending time in the sun? The bright outlook and loving attitude I get from spending time with the Son!

devozine Summer at Beach TS 126426597I too must admit that in the summer, when my usual routine gets all jumbled, I find myself forgetting about God. In my efforts to fight this tendency, I have developed a new habit—taking my Bible to the beach. I can get a good relaxing dose of the sun as well as an invigorating dose of the Son! Colossians 1:15a says, “Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God,” (NLT). So this summer, let the world see Christ shining through you. Your suntan may fade; but if you bask in the light of the Son, the effects are eternal!

—Lauren Hollatz, 17

 

Midsummer: Take Stock of the Year

In 2014, June 20th is known as midsummer night or midsummer’s eve. History and folklore surround this evening as a time of rituals, fairies, and fires. This date also marks the halfway point in the year, a time to look back and to reflect.

This midsummer night, invite a close friend or two to go outside with you to a special spot. Take a candle, matches, lemonade, and some treats. Light the candle (if parents and fire codes permit) to represent the Light of Christ.

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Then ask one another these questions:

+ In the last six months, for what are you most grateful? For what are you least grateful?

+ What has been the high point of the year so far? What has been the low point?

+ What are your dreams and desires for the next six months? What are God’s dreams for you in the second half of this year?

 

Listen to yourself and to one another. Embrace your experiences and celebrate your dreams, giving thanks for all that has been and asking God’s guidance through what is to come. Then feast on the snacks, and enjoy your time together.

—Karin Fishbook

—from devozine (May/June 2007). Copyright © 2007 by Upper Room Ministries. All rights reserved.

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