Summer has arrived with all of its beautiful colors and exciting plans. Our family attempts to do everything on the fun list within the amount of vacation days given by the state of North Carolina. For us, summer break isn't always a restful time. My husband and I've discovered a lot about family life over the years, the biggest lesson being:
"Family trips" and "Vacations" are not one in the same!
Florida. Nevada. West Virginia. Ohio. Michigan. Indiana. Vermont. Virginia. Western Carolina. All of our miles combined, our family has travelled around 10,535 in the past four weeks. Late spring and early summer is filled with weddings, conferences, reunions and end-of-school activities. We're spent. Our kids have hit the wall. Are any of you bone tired too?
For those of us traveling, taking time out of Bible study groups, or missing weeks at church, tempers can flair and exhaustion forces our eyes away from our faith from time-to-time. We can lose sight of our Jesus in the hustle and bustle.
Have you ever felt just a little bit "less Christian" after a busy season?
I definitely have, but, there's a positive side! In all of our changes of scenery, we've been given the opportunity to "do faith" differently. It's God, living in us, who makes us "Christian", not the location of our study or worship.
C.T. Studd said this,
"Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a mission within a yard of hell."
The mission field is everywhere! It's on the airplane in the seat next to us or in the checkout line at the gas station. It's even on the beach where the neighbor's lunch garbage has scattered across the sand (bless their littering hearts). This big, beautiful world is desperate for love and God's people are scattered all across it.
Let's not neglect meeting with one another as we are reminded in Hebrews 10:25, but we can be creative doing it! Here are some ways to spend time with God on the move that have helped me:
1. Listen to sermons via podcast.
2. Use a Bible on CD or an app while you drive. Pick a travel scripture and meditate on it.
3. Gather your family around a live stream Sunday morning (this one was fun with my family last week).
4. Utilize online devotionals and discuss the questions with family and friends.
5. Get to know new people. Listen to them, encourage them, and pray that they'll glimpse Jesus in us.
6. Serve somebody secretly...pay for a meal, fill a gas tank, or pass along a bottle of water.
7. Spend time in nature thanking God for the beautiful world He created for us to inhabit.
8. In all things, pray!
Now let's get out there and serve the world!
Recovering in sweatpants,
"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20
"…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near." Hebrews 10:24-35
"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality." Romans 12:9-13
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M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Earns Crossfit participation trophies. Disaster cook. Enthusiastic wife. #Boymom. Clutches her faith, not her pearls.