GoodBye (for now)
I will never forget what one of my bible study leaders said to us at the end of a spring bible studies. She looked at us and said what are you going to do this summer? We shared our summer plans, and she said OKAY so what are you going to do with God this summer?
Wait - What? You can’t take a break from studying God’s word and spending time with Him. Ouch! That is exactly what I did. I was on summer break!
At that time, I had a lot of little people at home and no childcare, so it was hard to spend time with God. It was hard to make time for Him, that is what made bible study so easy. So yes, I would essentially take the summers off or fit him during nap time, maybe or even early in the morning if I woke up before the kids. But swimming and sun would do me in each night, getting up and moving each summer morning was hard at times.
No one has ever asked me that question before.
So there was my summer challenge – to spend more time with God, just me and Him, not because I had to go to bible study and show that I did my work but because I wanted too. Because I craved it, I needed it, I could do it.
Her question was so impactful that every summer I ask myself that same question. What are you going to do with God this summer? I like things on my calendar to hold me accountable and that was bible study. Now that we are left on our what are you going to lean into this summer.
I usually use the summer to read through the Psalms. I had a teacher one time walk us through the Psalms and his love for it made it contagious so I going to read through it, but I am adding a twist this summer. Because I am human, sometimes I don’t get all the way through it, or my enthusiasm peters out so I have started from the back of the book and working my way to the beginning.
Yes, I opened to Psalms 150 and it says this:
Praise God in his sanctuary.
Praise him in his might expanse.
Praise him for his powerful acts, praise him for his abundant greatness.
Praise him with trumpets blasts; praise him harp and lyre.
Praise him with the tambourine and dance, praise him with strings and flute.
Praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.
Girls! It has been marvelous, and I love it. I can’t wait to read it. Now I when I wake up in the middle of the night I read it. I can’t get enough.
If the Psalms is not for you, I have a friend who is reading through the gospels. What a fun idea. Read it for fun. Don’t take notes, just read.
The bible is the narrative of God, and He invites us to participate in it. It is alive and reveals where Jesus is Lord and God is at work through Jesus Christ to save the world. It is autobiographical and not a lecture. It is relational. It goes with you through life. It is the sustenance you need for the day, or hour.
My prayer for you this summer is that you find time with God in the quiet or the chaos. You chose to make some you and Him time.
Remember what Psalms 150 ends with Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.
We breathing, we praising!
See ya’ll back here in September have a great summer break with the Jesus.
Thank you, ladies, for following, reading, and listening! Ya’ll are amazing!