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Seek God This Summer!

by Katrina Cassel

Instead of taking a vacation from God this summer, draw closer to Him. Here’s how.

 Summer is finally here! It’s time to relax, forget about school, and have a carefree life for three months, right? During the summer it’s easy to get lazy—sleep in on Sabbath and neglect your devotional time with God. Instead of losing touch with God this summer, why not use this vacation time to draw closer to Him?

Need some ideas?
Go deep with God during your devotional time. If you aren’t used to spending time with God, you can start by setting aside a few minutes a day, say 20 minutes, to connect with Him.
Be creative. As you worship God, you can sing praise songs; read from an inspiring devotional book (find one online or at your Christian bookstore that looks interesting to you); memorize Scripture . . . use your imagination.
If you’re already in the habit of spending time with God, this summer you may be willing to   do an in-depth study of a book of the Bible. Read the book through a section at a time. Identify the book’s themes and the audience at which the author aimed the book. As you read, think about how you can apply what it says to your life.
Maybe you’re up for a topical study in the Bible—a study on a certain theme. For example, look up a word such as “pure” in a Bible concordance; then check out all the verses with the word “pure” in them. You may even want to keep a record of the ones that you find particularly meaningful.
Talk to God. What do you want to say to God? Who do you want to hold up to Him in prayer?
Many people find it helpful to make a list of people’s names and situations that they want to pray about. If you want to do this too, you could create a prayer journal, or divide your list into different categories for praying about on different days, or choose any number of other approaches.
Each day as you pray, don’t forget to confess your sins to God. Also, remember to thank Him for His blessings and for answering your prayers.
Go to church. It may be tempting to sleep late or to spend a full day at the beach on Sabbath, but neither of these choices builds you up spiritually. Strengthen your walk with God through regular church attendance.
Summer vacations often take their toll on church attendance, but you can make it a goal to be at every service. Not only will attending church grow your relationship with God—it will  encourage others to keep coming as well.
Volunteer for God. During the summer  church workers and teachers may want to take vacations, or they may just need a break. Volunteer to take their place. Or be willing to help them put on special summer programs, such as Vacation Bible School and children’s church.
Make a visit. Make new friends out of  church visitors, hang out with friends who haven’t been to church in a while, play with kids, or stop by and see older folks. Visiting people will give you a chance to share your faith and to encourage others.
This summer, don’t take a vacation from God. Instead, use your summer vacation to have fun as you purposely seek God and grow in your relationship with Him. He promises: “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me” (Jeremiah 29:13, NLT).*
*Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
Katrina (Kathy) Cassel, M.Ed., lives with her husband, five of their children, and an assortment of pets in the Florida panhandle.

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