Have a Blessed Summer!

Have a Blessed Summer!

As a child growing up, summertime was always a fun time for me. We lived on a lake. We were one of the few homes in our neighborhood with a sandy beach, a dock and a raft, rowboats, ski boats, all of which made for great summertime fun.

Summertime raising our children meant visiting parents and grandparents and, in later years, taking a vacation somewhere often involving water activities. Regardless of where we went or what we did, vacation was a time of refreshment away from work and a time to reengage as a family.

God’s word has much to say about times of refreshment.

Psalm 51:10 (NIV) — Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
 
Make vacations a time to grow in the Word.  Bring your Bible on vacation. You don’t have to retreat to a monastery but make time for daily prayer. 

Do something new this summer.  Climb a mountain, take a walk, enjoy a sunrise or a sunset.  

1 Timothy 4:4 (NIV) — For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
 
Enjoy God’s creation.  Don’t wreck creation. Instead, find ways to re-create and enjoy God’s amazing creation. 

Remember to worship God. 

After last summer, because of COVID-19, so many canceled vacation plans. I hope that changes for everyone this summer. Make this summer a time of refreshment and re-engagement with family, friends, and God’s wondrous creation.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) — Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
 
Have a refreshing, safe, and blessed summer in Jesus’ name.

Pastor Carl

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