10 Way to Have an Amazing Summer

Girl Standing In Field Of Flowers At Sunset

The first official day of summer is almost here!  It seems like everyone including myself is busy planning, packing for trips, and getting caught up in a whirl-wind of activity.  However, before the these summer days slip through our fingers here are ten things to consider for this summer…

1. Get Up Early – The morning hours are usually quiet and perfect for spending time with the Lord.  In the Bible we find lots of early risers.  Many of them (Joshua, David, and the Proverbs 31 woman, to name a few) did great things for God.  We should follow their example and discipline ourselves to get up early. “She riseth also while it is yet night…” Proverbs 31:15

2. Put God First – I don’t need to tell you that summer is busy.  It’ so easy to put God on hold and completely skip our time with Him. This summer let’s put time with God first. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness…” Matthew 6:33

3. Study the Bible and God Himself – Instead of just reading the Bible (which is very important too!) we must take time to study His Word.  Some ideas are, a woman in the Bible, a fruit of the Spirit, or a whole book (such as one of the Epistles).  However, we must never forget to search for God; to notice His attributes, the blessings He gives, and the names that describe Him.  He doesn’t just want us to know His Word… He wants us to know Him. “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18

4. Memorize Scripture -Saturating our minds and hearts with God’s Word will keep us from sin and fill us with joy.  A great place to start is simply copying down and memorizing verses we find in our devotions.  It’s also helpful to find a friend to join us. “I will delight myself in thy statutes; I will not forget thy word.” Psalm 119:16

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 5. Write Down Goals -Writing down our goals is so important.  When we make a list of our goals and review them on a weekly (or better yet, daily) basis, our focus will end up being directed towards those goals.  We can then accomplish so much more. “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness…” Proverbs 21:5

6. Get Fit – Summer is perfect for getting outdoors to exercise the body God gave us.  It’s His temple so we must take care of it!  “Glorify God in your body… which [is] God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:20

7. Keep A Journal – A journal doesn’t have to be a long term commitment.  One idea is to keep one just for the summer.  Journaling can help us keep track of our spiritual and emotional growth and even show us where there may be sin and imbalance in our life.  In the Bible, there are many examples of things being recorded through writing.  A voice (the Lord) told John, “What thou seest, write in a book.” Revelation 1;11

8. Read for Knowledge – We shouldn’t just read novels and fantasy stories.  We should choose reading material that will encourage us in our faith and help us in our life. “The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge.” Proverbs 15:14

9. Learn New Things –  We should constantly seek ways to learn.  Talking to older and wiser adults, reading books, researching things that interest us, or even watching a good documentary are just a few great ways to learn. “The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.” Proverbs 18:15 

10. Don’t Be Lazy – Our bodies need rest but there is distinct difference between rest and laziness.  We should all use our summer wisely to study God’s Word, serve, work hard, and save. “He that gathereth in summer is [wise].” Proverbs 10:5 

Have an amazing summer! 

Rebekah Joy (2)