It’s summer! The pool is calling your name. You’re on vacation, maybe even at the beach. Kids are taking a break from school and resting up for the next school year. Some people might call that recharging. We certainly do.
While summer means taking a break from schoolwork, for our Beach Club kids it does not mean taking a break from God.
God wants everyone – children included – to spend time with him daily. Our Summer Reading Program can certainly help with that. One of the tip-in pages of the KiDs Beach Club Explorer’s Study Bible outlines how children can make a plan to spend time with God. It’s good advice for adults, too.
Try to spend time with God at the same time each day, even if it’s just 5 minutes. Choose what time of day will have the least interruptions, like in the morning when you get up or before you eat lunch. When school starts back up, it might be before you head out the door.
Choose a comfortable, quiet place that is free from distractions.
Gather up what you need, like your Bible, a pen and a notebook. You might also want some other tools, like a dictionary, to help you.
Prayer is simply having a conversation with God.
When you pray, tell God how wonderful He is. Confess your sin. Give thanks to God. Ask him for help. Listen for God to speak with you.
Read some Bible verses. You don’t have to read for a long time. Even one verse might be enough for you.
If you don’t know where to start, try the “God Is” or “Who Is Jesus” sections in the middle of the KBC Explorer’s Study Bible or read one Proverb each day. For adults, maybe sign up for daily devotionals that can be delivered to your inbox.
Think about what the verse means.
Ask questions like “What does this verse teach about God?” and “How can I act differently because of what this verse says”
Consider ways you can live out what you read.
In your notebook, write down what you think God wants you to remember today.
In your Bible, highlight or underline verses and words that are important to you.
Writing things down help you remember and understand.
Consider becoming a KiDs Beach Club® monthly donor to help provide a Bible to every child in every Beach Club. Having a Bible of their very own allows children to spend time with God during the summer when Beach Club isn’t meeting. If you haven’t seen our Summer Reading Program, check it out for yourself and share it with children in your family, at church or down the street.
Published on Jun 22 2016 @ 10:37 AM CDT