Summer & Jesus

A Plan to Enter Fall More in Love with Jesus

I’d like my children to have more than skinned knees, tan lines, and campfire memories when fall creeps in this year.  I want my girls to know Jesus better by the end of the summer–I want them to be more in love with Him, His people, and bringing outsiders in.

Summer is in full swing here, swimsuit bottoms can be found lying around the house, flip flops and crocs litter the sandbox. Our pool is open (despite my husband’s annual offer to fill it in with dirt and plant grass on top of it) and soon our deck will be setting for barbeques and pool parties.

I love summer—I love heat, love being outside as many seconds as possible each day, love the relaxed schedule with my littles, and the way summer lends itself to more family get-togethers and get-aways.

It would be natural for me to invest all my energy into making fun memories as a family and filling our minutes with all the glorious sun and sand of West Michigan summers (while attempting to keep Baby Boy from eating wood chips).

But, I want my girls to know Jesus and their need for Him better when September (and school) roll around. (I want to know Him better too).  I want their hearts to open to those who need Jesus and don’t have Him yet.  So, I’m doing what any firstborn would do, I’m making a plan, instead of wishing!

My husband has taught me a lot about wishes vs. goals – wishes are hopes and aspirations with no action plan or end in site; goals are specific, measurable, and attainable.

 So, rather than overdoing it with a huge list of goals, I am starting with two, and have listed my first step in accomplishing each of the goals, in hopes that they may inspire or encourage you.

1. My girls and I will re-read the Jesus Storybook Bible by the end of the summer

Step 1:  Before going to bed, set the Jesus Storybook Bible at my breakfast spot

2. Our family will serve our community in at least two different servant evangelism events through our church.

Step 1: Sign up online for servant evangelism events.

What goals do you have for this summer?  How will you lead your littles closer to Jesus this summer? Share with me.

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