Monthly archive for June 2016

Make the Most of Summer

Make the Most of Summer

Can I get an “Amen” for summer—Fresh veggies, kids sleeping late, summer camp, watermelon, Vacation Bible school, long daylight!  It’s the perfect time to ramp up some summer soul care. Here are four things you might want to incorporate this summer: Fast from something.  I remember the summer we fasted from TV for the whole month of June.  My goal was to get them out the door or at least reading something instead of watching something. The way the kids tell it, I paid them $50 to not watch TV. Today it would be giving up some device time to be replaced with some family communication time. Eat fresh.  I came home from church on Sunday and found a big bag of fresh squash on my porch. Tomatoes are not uncommon either. It’s not a bad way to pay your Pastor. Most anywhere you live, summer is the time of

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With Thankfulness in Your Heart

With Thankfulness in Your Heart

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. C O L O S S I A N S  3 : 1 6 I love First Place 4 Health for many reasons, but one of the things that buoys me up is when the Holy Spirit calls to mind one of the many Scriptures I have memorized through the program, especially the Scripture put to music! The tips and skills I have learned and the encouragement I have received as we “admonish one another” in friendly Scripture memory competition, and as we sing psalms, hymns and Scripture verses, have been invaluable. I think the key word in Colossians 3:16 is “richly,” as this is the secret to growing true, authentic gratitude in our hearts,

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Firecracker 400

KABOOM!  I remember jumping up and down, with my sisters, holding our hands over our ears as my dad launched bottle rockets from our backyard.  Even with our ears covered, we could still hear the yelps coming from my little sister when she stepped on the sparkler I dropped.  Growing up in a military family, the 4th of July was a special holiday.  My dad served in two wars: Korea and Vietnam. When I see the stars and stripes, I naturally stand a little straighter. My dad usually had fireworks, including firecrackers, for us,.  I am not sure whose idea that was!    The fireworks were a big deal, but so was the cookout.  We never had much money, but on the 4th of July my dad went all out at the grill—STEAKS!  He would wait until the T-bones were on sale at the commissary and each of us would get

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