All of July and August stretch gloriously ahead for us! Expectations at work and home are more relaxed as vacation absenteeism is expected, long-weekends are acceptable, and the sunshiny days are long. You may have rest and relaxation in mind. Go for it! But also think of all of those things that you have wanted to do to nurture your spirit, but never have. Now you have the opportunity, now is the time! Here are some great ideas;
1. Read a great Christian Classic Novel. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew, The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson, or Through Gates of Splendor by Elizabeth Elliot are all good examples. All of these books are still in print for a reason. These are inspiring testimonies that will challenge. You can load them onto you tablet, if you prefer, and read on the beach, in a hammock or on the plane. If you and a friend can agree on reading a title together, discussion time can make the experience all the richer.
All of these books are still in print for a reason.
3. Fast. Fasting is one of those things that you have to make happen. Everyone can fast something. You may need a breakthrough in an area of your life. Tell the Lord that you would like to fast, what you would like to fast for (it can be in order to please or hear Him; you need no request item), and ask what He would like. It may be skipping lunch every Wednesday for 3 weeks, it may be turning off the TV for a few days, it may be no sweets for a week, or it may be your first attempt to fast water for a day. The rewards of fasting are numerous. Once you succeed, you will have crossed the threshold into a new and powerful discipline. You will be pleased when you have succeeded! You will feel empowered and blessed.
4. Organize a small summer Prayer Group or Bible Study. It just takes one other person to create a spiritually productive and edifying little summer fellowship. Meet weekly or every other week. Just meeting 4 to 8 times can cover a lot of prayer ground or a short book or the Bible or topical study. Include coffee or iced tea, or not. It doesn’t matter! Make it light and pleasant and enjoy unhurried fellowship. Determine to meet for the summer and you may be surprised what a blessing the time can be.
It just takes one other person to create a spiritually productive and edifying little summer fellowship.
5. Choose a non-fiction Christian book to read, buy, or borrow, and read it! What topics interest you? Spiritual warfare? Worship? Missions? Healing? Prayer? Is there a book that has interested you and you have wanted to read? Take the time to go into a Christian bookstore and see the new releases, browse the bestsellers and see what interests you. Read on-line reviews. Prophetic Crossroads Bookshelf has lots of ideas. Or take a book off of your shelf and actually read it! You will undoubtedly acquire priceless wisdom. Can you read the whole book this summer? Yes, you can!
If you want something important to feel great about in the Fall, choose from the list above, ask for God’s guidance and blessing, and get to it! Share your ambition with a friend and ask to be checking in on. Offer to trade accountability and encouragement. Spread the motivation and enthusiasm. Bless the Lord with your desire to grow in Him. You will be glad that you did not let another season pass without accomplishing your summer goal!