We all know that our Summer schedules are a bit crazy and not our normal life-style of living. From trips to the beach, family visits, yard projects, and everything else that we try to to squeeze into these few Summer months, often times our Spiritual Life takes a back seat. However, this does not have to be you.
So with all the chaos, family commitments, and schedules to manage, what are some practical ways to stay spiritually strong during the Summer months, and not nudge God out of our Summer plans.
- INVEST RELATIONALLY: Relational investements are more than just hanging out, the are purpose times with key relationships that will strength either your spiritual walk, or someone else’s spiritual walk. For instance, invite a group of people over at least 1x per month over the Summer, and look for ways to encourage them, or even pray with them if the opportunities present.
- ONLINE CHURCH: While it is optimal if you are with your spiritual family as much as possible during the Summer months, but the times when you can’t, many churches now have their services streaming online (we use Facebook live), or you can binge-watch a sermon series your pastor is preaching. You can check ours out HERE.
- CONNECT AS A FAMILY: As our older 2 are peaking the teenage years, this has been more challenging. However, be sure to make memories both with your kids (i.e., mini-golf, frisbee, croquet in the backyard, water-baloons, etc…). Also, if you are married, don’t be afraid to make some memories with just your spouse. After all, someday those cute kids will leave you, and you’ll be stuck with each other. Make sure you invest in my marriage as well.
- KEEP GIVING: If you are a part of a church, be sure you continue to remain faithful to your giving at the church. You can often times do so with online-giving options, or even set-up recurring gifts to your church. Remember, they don’t shut down during the Summer.
- SLOW DOWN: Hopefully your schedule is more flexible where you can simply slow down. Spend some time reading or listening to your Bible, praying, and of course… DRINKING COFFEE (or lemonade). Be sure you are refreshed as the Fall season will be upon us quickly. Don’t miss your opportunity to read a book, sit on your porch during your devotions, or listen to some worship music before the kids get up. You’ll start wondering why you don’t do it more often.
My prayer for you this Summer is that you will find yourself more spiritually strong and refreshed as the Summer comes to an end. Enjoy your Summer by giving to what matters most!