13 Things To Do This Summer

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 2.34.08 PMI’ve created a list of things we need to do this summer, taken from Ecclesiastes. After all, there is a time for everything…

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

This Summer…

1. Birth a New Idea.
Who says we are too old to dream!!! Haven’t you heard about the 96 year old that graduated from college? Pick something you want to do and go for it.

2. Let Negativity Die.
Quit looking in the mirror and only seeing the wrinkles, the fat, or the receding hairline. God loves you and created you for a purpose. Stop focusing on yourself and focus on who God is and can be in and through your life.

3. Plant… Something.
A garden, flowers, an idea for a date night with your spouse, a new concept at work. But by golly, plant SOMETHING!

4. Pluck the weeds from your life.
Weed out something in your life that is choking out something better. TV, social media, things you shouldn’t be involved in – you get the idea.

5. Kill what is killing you.
What is one thing in your life you can give the ol’ heave ho? A bad friendship? Extra pounds? Poor eating habits? Watching other people live their lives while yours passes you by? Dump it. Start over. Why NOT now?

6. Heal from Your Past.
Tired of that lifelong struggle? Go see a counselor. Begin to work through issues that are keeping you from being free. Put your past in the past, and don’t let it hurt you in the present. I know it is easier said than done, but you do need to address it, and you have to start somewhere. Start here, and start now.

7. Break Down Emotionally, Weep, and Mourn.
The saying is true – sometimes you just need a good cry. Allow yourself that. Get some kleenex and face those hard times. Feel them so you can work through them. That is important so you can…

8. Laugh and Dance so you can Embrace Life and others in it.
Here’s your challenge. When no one is home, get that hairbrush and turn up the tunes. I don’t care if it’s Bieber or Bon Jovi. Dance like you mean it – you know you have awesome moves. If you really want to get crazy, get the whole family in on the groove!

9. Get and Keep something New.
Parents usually buy for our kids first. At least once this summer, go shopping for you. You don’t have to break the bank. Ladies, just one new shirt can make you feel amazing. Guys, one new toy can bring back the boy in you. God is what makes you who you are, but one good new “thing” can bring a little fun in your life.

10. Lose and Cast Away Out of Date Clothing.
Do your kids a favor – get rid of that outfit. You know the one. If you did the above, you’re replacing it anyway! But get crazy -clean out your closet, your junk drawers, and yea, even your garage. After all, your stuff isn’t what makes you who you are anyway.

11. When you Get Angry, Don’t Fly off the Handle.
There is a time for silence. Think before you speak. I’ve always said, count to ten if you’re angry, 100 if you’re furious, and if you’re about to pop, count to 1… and pray. If you just can’t take it anymore, stop talking to the imperfect person, and start talking to our perfect God. Let him guide your words in hurtful and angry situations. It ALWAYS turns out best that way.

12. Hate the fact you haven’t said I Love You enough.
Because “I Love You” can never be said too much, And for those of you who once told your spouse you love them and “they know it”… no, they don’t. TELL them, people!!!

13. Choose Peace, not War, in your Life.
Peace can only come from God. The Hebrew word for peace, Shalom, is best interpreted as “complete wholeness”. It’s impossible to have a warring conscience or relationships in your life and be completely whole. This summer, look deeper into God’s word, and ask Him to help you live in peace with others and yourself.

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