July 2017 Newsletter Article
July 1, 2017, 8:00 AM

Grace and peace to each of you this beautiful (and most likely very warm) summer day. As I write this, I have just returned from Lutheridge after a week of camp and I’m here only so long to keep my office chair warm before I head off for some much-needed time away with my family.

As we approach and encounter the summer months, schedules and routines get tossed out the window. Especially if you have school age children at home from school. Though, I think those with college age children are and can be thrown for a whirlwind as well.

Amid this new craziness things inevitably get ‘lost’ in the shuffle. What was once relatively easy to do becomes more difficult because that time is gone. Perhaps during the school year, you relished those brief moments of silence in the morning before the kids arose from their slumber or the calm evenings after they begrudgingly headed to bed. You might have even enjoyed the great peace knowing that if you went to the fridge to get a snack there was more than likely something in there to eat. But now that the older kids are back? It appears the animals have more food to eat than you.

For me, the time that seems to slip away the most is the time spent in study and conversation with God. Even as a pastor I truly do struggle with that devotional time. If I get even a little bit ‘off’ that schedule, weeks might go by before I realize that I haven’t spent deliberate and intentional time in prayer and conversation.

So, this summer I’ve been looking at ways to help me ‘find the time’ to be in more intentional space with God. I’ve created an ‘appointment’ with God on my calendar each day. I intend to spend 10 minutes every day reading, praying, and dwelling in God’s presence. I’m also using a new devotional program that I have been very impressed with – d365.org. It is short, yet deep in its ability to bring God into my life and the life of others.

Maybe, you’re a lot like me. Struggling to find that time to give to God – especially in the crazy and funky schedules that the summer months bring. If you are, I invite you to join with me in the endeavor to create space for God each day. An intentional and specific period of the day to give thanks for what God has done, is doing, and will do in your life.

The summer months bring their challenges – I invite you to join me in keeping our God of grace, love, and forgiveness at the forefront of each day.

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