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As school starts up in the fall, there is a natural time to re-start. Summer is over, and it’s time to get schedules back on track: lunch routines, carpools, sleep schedules, community groups, etc.
Is this a rejuvenating time for you, or is it a stressful time?
I’m a touch entrepreneurial by nature, so I love being able to start fresh. Summer is awesome – we all need a little “summer” in our lives for sure – but I function best with routines and rhythms.
It’s a great time to evaluate:
- How is your walk with the Lord? What can you do to spend more time with Him?
- How often do you serve your husband instead of just co-parent with him? What does he really love, and how can you give him more of that?
- What kind of time do you spend with your kids? Is it I’m-here-but-really-I’m-on-my-phone time or is it enter-into-their-world time? What are you doing to disciple your kids? Do you know that you’re the one responsible for that?
- Where are you pouring out right now? If nowhere, what kind of people has God put in your heart, and what organizations could you serve those people through?
- How much money are you saving and giving away? How can you change your lifestyle to do more giving?
- Who in your life needs Jesus, and how can you be a real-life example of Him to others?
- How is your integrity – do you do what you say you’re going to do? Are you telling little white lies and convincing yourself that’s OK?
- Who do you have relationships with that you probably shouldn’t? Maybe a boyfriend that’s not a Christian, or a coworker who’s a flirt.
- What are you self-medicating with that you need to give to God? Daily drinking? Smoking pot? Food? Exercise? Spending?
What question would you add to this list?
In all of these things, I take comfort in this:
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10, ESV)
Thank you Lord that you have already given us passions and desires that can line up with your will! Thank you that we get to serve you and others, and that we are only satisfied in that. Fill us up more with your power and your presence, and show us how we can be a blessing.