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Sweet Summertime: A Season For Growth

As finals week quickly approaches and the semester draws to a close, the reality that summertime is near finally hits home.  Majority of my summers have consisted of multiple vacations, mission trips and church camps leaving me with only a few free weeks of downtime.  This summer will be different. Much different.  Most of my weeks this summer will be spent here in town.  And while yes, there is a part of me that screams for adventure, another part of me is thrilled for this new type of summer break. My main goal this summer:  GROW, GROW, GROW, and GROW some more.  And while yes having a few more inches on these short legs of mine would be nice, that’s not quite the type of growth I’m talking about.

Spiritual growth is my goal.  I don’t want to get to the end of the summer and say, “well that was a waste of 3 and a half months.”  (Which I admit, in the past have been my thoughts going into a new school year.) But instead, I want to look back and say, “WOW, God did all this in 3 and a half short months.”  I think as a college student, we are blessed with so many different opportunities with having a summer break.  And I think God uses each neat opportunity in different ways for different people.  While God calls some people over seas for the summer, and calls others to work at a camp all summer, he also calls people to STAY and serve where they are. (Which is an awesome thing too!!!)

I don’t know where God has called you to spend your time this summer, but wherever that place is, serve faithfully and make it a priority to spend alone time with Jesus.  I don’t know about y’all, but I love setting goals, and I mean BIG goals. Because I know that, He can do far beyond all that I could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).  I think goals are important when trying to stay focused, or trying to accomplish anything for that matter.  So I challenge you to set goals for this summer, and then tell someone who can keep you accountable.

Here are a few of my (broad/general) goals:

  • Pray Pray Pray
  • Have a set time each day that I spend alone with Christ
  • Continue to memorize scripture
  • Listen Listen Listen
  • Find someone to mentor
  • Have gospel conversations

So wherever you go or stay, let him use you this summer!! God wants to do BIG things, lets let him!

With Love,

Mica!!!

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A Bad Case of Spring Fever!!!

This is one of my most favorite times of the year.  EVERYTHING IS GREEN!!! I love the smell of freshly cut grass that fills the streets, the bright sun that warms my skin, and the fact that it stays light out past 7:30PM. (This makes evening walks much more enjoyable.)  I love the anticipation for summer.  The build up of having some time to rest, relax, reflect, replenish and most importantly to continue to grow in Christ.  That’s what I am praying for this summer, and I’m so excited to see what the Lord has in store.  However, right now my motivation for my school work is seeming to be much harder to find.  SOLUTION:  Take ones homework outside.  I get so much joy from just sitting on my chair in the back yard reading my books, or studying for an upcoming exam, while of course drinking lemonade and eating my weight in frozen grapes. (Pretty sure my dad thinks the grapes disappear because, he’ll buy a big bag from Sam’s one day, and the next they are gone because I immediately put them all in the freezer. #SorryNotSorryPops)  It is crazy how much more I enjoy doing my school work.  This pasty body was tired of being cooped up inside and was ready for some sunlight and some warmer weather.

This season of my life leads me to reflect.  As my first year of college comes to a close, and as I look back on what God has done in the past 9 months of this new chapter in my life, I am in absolute awe.  Y’ALL, GOD IS GOOD AND HE IS CONSTANT!!! I’ve grown in ways I never thought possible.  I’ve met people who encourage me, pray for me and hold me accountable.  I’ve seen God do BIG things in the past 9 months.  I’ve seen him save lost souls. I’ve seen him protect. I’ve seen him heal. I’ve seen him give, and I’ve seen him take away.  I’ve seen him at work in my church. I’ve seen him at work in my school.  I’ve seen him at work in my relationships. And I’ve seen him at work in my home.  Ten months ago I was scared.  I was worried I wasn’t going to make any new friends, I was worried I wouldn’t find a place where I could thrive. But PEOPLE, PRAYER IS POWERFUL!!!  And I don’t know what you are going through, but I know Christ is Lord of our heights, our depths, our futures and our pasts.  He is faithful, and I am undeserving of his love.

With love, Mica!