By Abigail Pasterski

Remember how you desired a treat from the ice cream truck when you were a child?  It seemed that there could be nothing better on a long, warm summer evening that partaking of a dainty from that musical truck!  Your heart longed for it.  You could almost taste the sweet ice cream as the truck rumbled past.

This is what I think of when I read Psalm 84: 1,2,“How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.”

Does your soul and spirit long for God’s presence? Do you desire it above other joys?  Are God’s Words so precious to you, that you find yourself meditating on them often?

Summertime can be a fun break from the normal pace of life.  As a homeschooling family, we are thrilled to be on our summer break.  But during these months we can become distracted by amusements and lazy due to a relaxed schedule, that the things of God are not the focus of life anymore.  It’s easy to get careless in our spiritual walk over the summer.

Right now, as the summer is just beginning, determine to make these months count for Christ!  Set some special summertime Scripture reading and memorization goals. Schedule an outreach project, visit a nursing home or shut-in.  Make a little more room in your schedule for prayer time.

May the more tranquil summer months be a time wherein you grow closer to the Lord and each other. Meditate on His Words.  Allow the truths that you find to soak into your soul as you ponder them.  I think you’ll find them to be sweeter than the coveted ice cream cone!

“More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” –Psalm 19:10


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