Christian Devotionals

"Back to School"

Well it’s that time of year again. Summer is wrapping up and the kids are either back to school or heading there soon. My kids started on August 29th and most schools will be resuming after Labor Day. As a kid, the thought of going back to school before Labor Day is repulsive. When I was a in school we never started school in August, but then again we get more snow days up here in Northern Connecticut and they have to compensate.

As a stay at home dad, running a ministry from home, this is a great time for me. The kids are up early and out the door before seven A.M. The house is not only quieter, it’s much cleaner and the food seems to last longer. All three of my kids are transitioning from Summer slack-off mode to back to school mode with all its classes, sports and homework. Their brains and bodies are being challenged again after a Summer’s worth of television, I-Pods, texting and Instant Messenger.

For us parents, this should also be a time to challenge our heads, hearts and bodies. Many people skip church during the Summer and Bible studies and seminars seem to be far and few. We tend to go into a relaxed Summer mode of our own (a spiritual vacation). We skip a morning devotion, replace church with a trip or a Summer sport, and we tend to cut down on our prayer time. Although a season of rest is good for us, it’s never advisable to take a vacation away from God. I am ever so grateful that He is a 24/7 Lord who sticks with us throughout all four seasons. Imagine the destruction and devastation that Satan would inflict on the world and our lives if God took the Summer off. We wouldn’t be here now, that’s for certain.

So here’s my advice to you. Take this new Fall surge of energy that comes with the cooler weather and our kids return to school and tap into it. Make sure that you get up every Sunday morning to worship the Lord who created you, redeemed you and provides for you. He deserves at least one morning of our busy schedules. Beyond going to church each Sunday, that’s the bare bones minimum, there are all kinds of Fall Bible studies and small groups starting up soon. Sign up for one or more! Connect with other people and learn form their experiences and also share your own. It’s comforting to know that other people have struggled and continue to struggle with the same problems you face. These small group forums are a great way to get a biblical perspective on facing life’s challenges and hear about other people’s tactics and testimonies of God’s faithfulness. It’s not good to be alone, God created us to be in fellowship with other Christians.

Not to sound like a broken record - but I will because it’s that important - set aside regular quiet time with the Lord each day. Get a good daily devotional to guide you through the Bible. Read the Bible each day and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you. Then spend some time in prayer – worshipping or simply talking to your Lord. He’s a 24/7 God remember? He’s always there for us and He wants to fellowship with you. There is no better time spent than one-on-one time with our Savior, Jesus.

So for all of us, kids and parents alike, it’s time to go back to school. Keeping God in the equation is a sure path way to a successful school year. Now go out there and be a good and prosperous student.

8Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Joshua 1:8 (New International Version)

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