Rest & Renew

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Ps. 46:10

How’s that for a summer verse? Life moves us through the school year at a fast pace. Even if we don’t have children in school, our communities revolve around it. Now that summer break is here there’s an excitement we can’t deny. It’s a chance at a new schedule, a new season with different weather, activities, food, work. It could be sleep-away camp for the kids, vacations with family and friends, popsicles, staying up late, finally getting around to finishing a DIY project.

Summer offers us a break from the busy lives we lead. Be careful not to let this excitement for summer days fade too quickly. There will be times when kids have a meltdown; or, you might feel responsible for making every minute count because you have a teenager headed off to college in thirty days, five hours and ten minutes.

Be still and know that He is God, and that true rest comes from him. And you need this rest. Summer invites us to refresh our souls and spirits; to rest and be filled with that peace that surpasses everything, to be still. That stillness could happen on a sandy beach, gazing at a lake, on a lawn chair, or a nature hike. God will meet you anywhere: near your Big Green Egg, at the ice cream shop, or on a neighborhood walk. Remember his promise:
“And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Ex. 33:14

I’m excited for your opportunity to rest and renew your strength this summer. My prayer is that God pulls your family closer than ever with blessings and favor that helps you make the days count, and make memories that last a lifetime. May we all remember what’s most important in this world and what’s not, as He teaches us to hold on to what matters, and how to let go of what doesn’t. Taking that intentional time to be still might be the best memory that comes out of this summer for you.

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