Summertime Moments

Spending Time with Loved Ones This Summer

Ahhhhhh summer! What a wonderful time of year to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. If you have a vacation this summer, make the most of it. Use your vacation time wisely. Try not to spend the greater part of it traveling, doing household chores, or even sleeping more than you should.

Spend time with your children this summer enjoying each other’s company. Take time to benefit from the wonderful beauty of God’s creation. The Psalmist said in Psalm 8:3, “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him?” Commune with your magnificent Creator this summer.

Often when we’re working, we forget about the needs of family and friends. It’s not that we don’t love them just as much. We simply get too busy to visit, send letters or emails, or even make a telephone call. When this happens, it can leave both yourself and others feeling dejected. Perhaps you have a friend that you haven’t heard from in quite a while. Maybe mom or dad could use some cheering up. Take some time now to touch base with those you love. Caring about others and sharing love with those in our lives are the most precious ways to nourish our spiritual lives.

Another terrific way to rejuvenate your spiritual life all around is to get involved in your church this summer. There are always great opportunities at church to get involved serving. Take some time to draw closer to God. James 4:8 says, “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.” Reflect on the Lord and the magnificent sacrifice that He made for you. Remind yourself just how much He loves you. Also, take time for prayer, to tell the Lord how thankful you are that during your vacation, you have more time to spend with Him.

Summertime! It truly is a wonderful time of year and can bring memories that last a lifetime. Why not keep a piece of them as you return to your working life? Take a few minutes each day to meditate, read, and pray. Even if you can’t have time off this summer, try to give yourself a “mini spiritual” vacation anyway. You’ll feel a lot better for it.

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