Let’s mark Summer 2018 as one that we truly LIVED sold and souled out for Jesus! Read on for 10 ways to continue growing in your faith this summer.
Oh… summer. A period of time filled with adventure, sunshine, new experiences, busyness, possible laziness, and schedules that are jam packed with things to do and possibly some lack in routine. For college students, you could go back home and leave the community that has been there to encourage you in your faith the past nine months and go back to a group of friends who don’t support you in your walk with the Lord. For others, your summer is so packed with adventures that your time with the Lord gets forgotten as when adventure calls… you have to go. For others, your summer is a time with no routine and you just feel lost in general and don’t even know where to start with diving deeper into your relationship with Christ.
For me, when I was away at school in Texas, I developed a routine and schedule for the time I would spend with Jesus; however, when I would return home to Washington for the summer that all changed.
So to help, below you will find ten ways to continue growing in your faith over summer. Our prayer is no matter where you are or what you are doing this summer, that you will wake up hungry to see God move in your life, and go to bed grateful for all He did and eager to see what He will do tomorrow!
“My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you.” – Isaiah 26:9
10 Ways to Continue Growing in Your Faith This Summer
1. Set a weekly date for you and Jesus that is NON-NEGOTIABLE.
This is your time. Just you and Jesus. Find a time during the week that you will set aside to be with Jesus. You wouldn’t cancel on a friend… so don’t cancel on Jesus. This can be at your house, a favorite coffee shop, just go somewhere you won’t be distracted or interrupted and spend your time journaling, reading your Bible, going through a devotional, going on a walk while listening to worship music, or however you fellowship with the Lord. Allow this to be your time to spend with just you and Jesus.
2. Plan a day or weekend Gal-venture with your pals.
Spending quality time with your Sisters in Christ is a great way to grow, be challenged, and encouraged in your faith while simultaneously deepening friendships and making a lot of memories! Be intentional with this time by asking questions, dreaming about the future, being good active listeners and thanking God for the moments that you get to share together. I guarantee after that time together you will feel utterly full of the Holy Spirit.
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3. Challenge yourself to memorize Bible verses.
Ephesians 6:17 tells us that we need to take up the ‘sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,‘ as we stand firm against the evil one. Ladies, when you live for the Kingdom of God, the enemy will come after you and the best way to stand firm against Him is with the Word of the Lord. Find a few verses that speak to you in the season that you are in and write them down, then tape it to your bathroom mirror (or somewhere you will see it frequently), put it in your car, set it as a reminder on your phone. Keep the verse somewhere where you will see it often. You will be surprised at how quickly you memorize it when you’re frequently coming back to it!
4. Join/start a Bible study.
If you can’t find a Bible study to join, then start one! It can be you and one other person if that is all your schedule allows for – no group is too small or too big. Joining together in community with one another in order to dive into the Word and unpack hard questions is one of the best ways to grow in your faith.
If you are looking for a book to go through, join us as we go through our first Bible Study this summer through the Book of Ephesians! Interested in joining us for this four week series, look more into it here!
5. Make a commitment you can be proud of at the end of Summer.
We hate to admit it, but summer is short. These three months are going to fly by before we know what happened. So I want to challenge you to make a commitment to do something specific for all three of these months that you can look back at the end of August and say, “This summer I committed to…….” This could be a LARGE variety of things from committing to spend 20 minutes with Jesus every morning, to reading one chapter a day in the Bible, to having more patience with your parents, to your physical health by remaining active, or thinking of intentional ways you can serve your friends. No commitment is too small or too big, but I encourage you to challenge yourself with the commitment you make and stick to it for all three months.
6. Serve/Volunteer in a new way.
As ambassadors for Jesus, we are called to serve one-another humbly in love and love those around us. Summer is an easy time to get wrapped up in our own plans and trips, but I want to challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new to love those around you. I recently had the opportunity to visit the Seattle Food Bank and meet some of the wonderful people who volunteer/work there weekly. You never know the stories you’ll hear or people you might impact by simply dedicating a few hours of your time throughout the week to serve others less fortunate than you.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love” –Galatians 5:13
7. Get in the WORD!
This could look like choosing a book of the Bible to go through each month, finding a She Reads Truth Study to go through, or even joining Live Salted as we read through one chapter of the Gospels each day. As you go through text both read it and study it! Mark up your Bible with questions you have and things that God highlights for you. Create a “key,” for example – green = questions, orange = generally good info, pink = hits home, blue = commands from God, yellow = Jesus’ identity, purple = promises from God… however you want to do it!
Have a hard time opening the Bible or are intimated by where to start? Summer of 2016 we made a resource to help people learn how to read the Bible and we would LOVE for you to go through it! You can find that here with our Bible 101 Series.
8. Get LOST in words.
There are SO many terrific books out there, and summer is a great time to get in a hammock, lay next to a pool, sit by some water and get LOST in those books. These books can a novel, or a book about faith, wellness, science or ANYTHING that makes your brain fill with excitement towards learning. Just being school isn’t in session, doesn’t mean you should stop learning. Make sure you check out our Live Salted Summer 2018 Reading List for ideas on what to read!
9. Ask your friends how you can be praying for them.
And then write down their requests, and follow up in a few days. If you have ever been asked the question, “how can I be praying for you?” you know how good it feels. One, because a friend is being intentional about learning what is on your mind and two, because that friend is willing to go to God on your behalf in prayer. And we know how powerful prayer is! So text, call or message your friends, family (or we dare you your neighbor), and ask them how you can be praying for them. Then, actually follow up! That is when you get to witness God move and work around you.
Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees. – Corrie Ten Boom
10. Find a mentor (if don’t have one, or meet up with the one you have.)
One of the greatest things you can do to continue growing in your faith is to find someone who challenges you, and who can pour into you, and ultimately who you can learn from. If there isn’t someone you feel comfortable reaching out to, ask around at your Church or to friends, and bring that request to God. When you ask for things in His name, He will provide.
“You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” – John 14:14
Now Do It!
Ladies, you are all the more equipped now with ideas and ways in which you can continue to grow in your faith this summer. Ask the Lord which of these (if not all of them) He wants you to apply to your life and then DO IT! Look at these next three months as an opportunity to grow deep in your faith and see what surprises God will have you along the way becuase of your obedience.