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"20" Days of Summer

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School is out, the lakefront is busy, and streets are full. Summer has officially begun! This is the time when we start to make plans, pull out our hiking shoes, and grab the beach towel. We have to make every moment count as we know that we have a short window to get all of our summer plans in!

         As I was reflecting on the “20 weekend days” I would have this summer with my kids, I stopped to consider what memories we would create, what new skills I would want to teach them, and what adventures lie ahead. I know growing up that these summer days were the ones that seemed to stand out the most. Then I began to wonder, how can I use the same time, these 20 days, to point them to Christ in a way that I have never had before. To take time to enjoy God’s Creation and talk about his magnificent handiwork. To grab a chair around the campfire and sing praises to our Lord. To call up a fellow Christian brother and sister and have an impromptu party in the backyard. 

We have 20 wonderful, God-given weekend days this summer. Let’s use them!

 “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

 Extra Extra!  Excerpt from Kids Ministry 101 (Summer 2019)

10 Ideas for Fun Family Devotions

1. Load up a kiddie pool with pillows and blankets. Then instruct the whole family to pile in for the day's Bible story.

2. Write a memory verse on paper and cut it into parts. Place each part in a different balloon.  Take turns popping balloons and put the pieces of paper int he right order as you work on memorizing the verse. 

3. Read a Bible story.  Then soak a large sponge in water.  Stand in a circle outside and take turns tossing the sponge to one another.  Whoever catches the sponge must tell a part of the Bible story before passing to the next person. 

4. Pretend you're camping.  Build a real or fake campfire and take turns reading or telling favorite Bible stories. 

5.  Download an audiobook or podcast that tells a Bible story.  Before pressing play assign each family member a Bible character. As you listen to the story, each character should act out their part. 

6.  Go to your local library or bookstore and let your kids select their own books about faith. 

7. After reading Scripture, assign each person a scene to paint or color.  When you put your scenes together, you'll have a full comic strip. 

8.  Sing worship music as a family.  Stream a popular Christian song or make up your own tune based on a verse you're memorizing together.  No musical ability necessary. 

9.  Find a LifeWay Kids Bible Story video on YouTube or Vimeo and watch the video together.  Then talk about the impact it has on your daily lives. 

10.  Let your kids plan the family devotion time.  Give them time to prepare and provide any supplies they need, but make sure you let them lead the whole time together. 

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Writing down God's Promises

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I have recently gotten back into journaling during my quiet time. Life got busy and my time each day with the Lord was getting shorter and shorter. Not good.

         Most times I reflect on the passage of Scripture I’ve just read. Something about God’s character and nature strikes me as amazing and I have to reflect on it. Or maybe it’s something I honestly don’t understand and I write my questions.

I almost always offer praise to God for who He is and what a privilege I have in getting to know Him in all His wonder. And that leads me to thanksgiving for how I’ve benefited from who He is and what He’s done.

Sometimes I’m lead in a totally different course. The Lord leads me to reflect on yesterday’s events and what I saw Him do or what I’ve learned. Other times I think about something big facing me that day. How I’ll need the Lord’s guidance and strength to face a particularly difficult task.

My journaling always leaves me with a feeling that I’ve truly had an encounter with my Savior. He has graciously spent time with me, guiding me to understanding and strength.

He created you to get to know Him and enjoy Him forever. Looking forward to how He changes us as we grow together. See you in church on Sunday!

 

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