Growing in Grace This Summer

by Kathryn Day

Over the past few years I have noticed that my spiritual life can easily lose steam during the summer.  I have wonderful intentions of using the summer to spend more time in the Word, read Christian books I have been waiting to read, and discipline myself more in prayer.  What tends to happen, though, is that I become more distracted with fun summer activities and end up pushing my Bible aside.

During the school year, my job is to be in the Word with my students every day, and for my students, their job is to be in the Word learning along with me – what a blessing!  For 25 minutes every day, our students at FPDS open their Bibles and learn from God’s Word together.  But what happens when summer comes and the 25 minute routine of Bible class doesn’t come every day?  For me (and I would guess for most parents and students), the struggle begins to make the Lord and His Word a priority.

Taking just a few minutes at breakfast, or during the hot afternoons when no one wants to be outside, or at night before bed to read Scripture together and talk about what the Lord is teaching you through His Word, is a great way to remind your children that time with the Lord is a priority for your family.  You could challenge your children to memorize one Scripture verse each week, memorize an entire psalm as a family, or have them take part in praying for needs in your church and neighborhood.  Setting an attainable goal for spiritual growth is the key – there is no right or wrong way to grow in the Lord!

The First Presbyterian Church bookstore has several devotion books for children and families that might be helpful for encouraging you and your children to grow spiritually this summer:

  • God’s Names and God’s Promises by Sally Michael
  • Discovering Jesus in Exodus by Susan and Richie Hunt
  • Long Story Short by Marty Machowski
  • Get Wisdom! By Ruth Younts
  • Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago

This summer, may the Lord continue the work He is doing in the hearts of our FPDS students by helping our families make Him and His Word a priority.