Verse of the Day

"I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."

~Psalm 119:11

Today's Devotional Thought

July 07, 2014 by Rachel Piferi


Summer Quiet Time

In 2002, my husband and I bought a convertible Mustang. Our family was very small then and it was fun for our family of three. We would drive around the mountains of East Tennessee and enjoy singing Rocky Top with all our might as the wind swirled around us. But soon our family of three grew to five and we no longer could take joy rides together in the sun & wind.

We kept the car and it mostly sits in the garage during the winter months. But come May, it comes out of hibernation and we still find ways to enjoy it {even though now it's quite old}. My family of five can't all fit in it at the same time, so it has turned into more of a fun car for certain purposes or subgroups of the family. It is my "go to the beach with my BFF" car, my "run by myself quickly somewhere" car, and often it is my "ride through the cornfields and sing praise music" car.

And that is exactly what it was yesterday for me. As the sun was going down and my heart was yearning for some time alone with Jesus, I put the top down on the Mustang and sang my way through the cornfields of southeastern Virginia.

And in a word, it was spectacular.

And exactly what my soul needed.

I don't know about you, but there is something about summertime that disrupts my time with Jesus like no other season. I think it is the loose schedules and the house full of kids & friends, and the constant vacation feel around our home that leaves me without a lot of structured alone time. And without that alone time, I find it so difficult to spend meaningful & prolonged time alone with Jesus.

But my soul still needs it and I have to get creative to get it.

Because the rhythm of summer is different than the rhythm of Fall, Winter, & Spring, I have to adjust my time alone with Jesus to that rhythm. It takes a lot more discipline when the window of time is small. And it means I have to adjust a bit. Like setting an alarm to get up before everyone else (rather than succumbing to the temptation to just sleep in during the summer months) or simply spending the alone time I do have very wisely in my Bible and not doing something else that is frivolous. And it sometimes comes in the form of worshipping through the crops in a convertible Mustang.

How about you? What is your summer rhythm? Have you found a way to incorporate time alone with Jesus into your summer routine?

Oh friends, I urge you to find a way to still feed your soul during the summer months. It is so very important and it will likely take some creativity, but it will be so worth it. I know my soul is so depleted without time with Jesus. And I have learned the hard way that I must find a way to incorporate it into my summer rhythm or my soul will be so weary and so empty. Please don't let the rhythm of summer disrupt your time alone with him. Find a way to still have your quiet time, even if it seems like there just isn't that much time to be quiet!

Memorize this verse today:

"I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."
~Psalm 119:11

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