Written by: Trillia Newbell
Summer is here! It’s a time for sunshine and relaxation. As I look ahead to the summer, the thought of gathering seashells all day long sure does sound appealing. The hustle and bustle of life often slows and rest can become my craving. The kids are no longer in school and leisure for the family becomes an almost unquenchable appetite. But though vacations or slower days may be ahead, let’s continue to meet together and enjoy fellowship with one another.
Here are a few simple ways we can embrace two of our core loves at Redemption City while also enjoying the lazy days of summer:
Times with girlfriends at the pool can turn into play and fellowship. Be intentional. Perhaps find a time once a month to get together with the women in your small group or develop your own multiplication group to pray with. Praying together can unite our hearts and encourage our faith. Fellowship doesn’t need to be forced or drudgery. The summer, though relaxing for some, may be quite difficult for others. What a joy it is that we can help carry the burdens of our sisters. As we relax, let’s ask the Lord for opportunities to address each other in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19). So, grab some ladies and meet together on your own terms (poolside, yes please!) and enjoy times of prayer.
Love the World (and ways to involve the kids)
School’s out for summer! Swim lessons have begun or gymnastics or summer camps. Whatever it is, our summers with our kids can get busy with activities. One simple way to love the world as you play this summer is to invite the women around you to join your multiplication group. Why not find a few women at your kid’s practices or activities that you can engage in gospel-centered conversations? I don’t know about your neighborhood, but when the sun comes out, all of a sudden we see neighbors we haven’t seen for months. The sun is out and so are people. Invite your neighbors to join your group out of love, not obligation, and enjoy building new relationships.
We know that our pursuit of God and others during the summer won’t add anything to our justification. It is by grace that we are saved and it is not by works so no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8). We are compelled by the love of Christ to run to Him and learn from Him even during the lazy days of summer. It is by God’s grace that we can pursue Him and one another during our summer days. Let’s pray God helps us enjoy one another and the freedom we have in the gospel.
p.s. We’d love to see you on Tuesday, June 28 at the Frothy Monkey! Let us know if you can come or if you have any questions at [email protected]