Have you experienced the summer slump? This happens when you become so busy with activities that you fail to spend time with the Lord. It happens to me every summer. I teach my Bible studies about 9 months out of the year, but take the summer off to spend with my family. Because I don’t have a routine Bible study, I get lazy and neglect my quiet time. It only takes a week to experience this slump, so I want to encourage you to pick a book of the Bible to study this summer.
I have been busy painting my son’s room this past week, so for the first time since I began blogging I have missed a week of posts. Not only have I not posted, but I have neglected my Bible study and prayer. Unfortunately, I am not finished with my son’s room, but I have decided to take a few days off to spend time in prayer and Bible study. I haven’t experienced apathy from my neglect, but I know if I neglect my quiet time long enough apathy will set in. Right now I am actually hungry for the Word.
As soon as I finish this big project, I will help keep you from your summer slump. No matter how busy you are this summer, don’t neglect your time with the Lord. When I go on vacation, I always anticipate having a time of relaxation. Most of the time, I am disappointed and return home needing a vacation from my vacation. True rest is not found in a vacation. You will only gain true rest, if you spend time with the Lord in prayer and Bible study. Many Christians fail to understand this simple principle. Please don’t neglect your time with the Lord during the summer.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. ‘Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’ “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” Matt. 11:28-30 (NASB).
Remember that rest is not found in activities or vacations. True rest only comes from the Lord. Jesus invites you to join his rest in this verse, but you must take the first step. He will not force you to come. Will you choose to follow his calling?
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