That’s why we live with such good cheer. You won’t see us drooping our heads or dragging our feet! Cramped conditions here don’t get us down. They only remind us of the spacious living conditions ahead. It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going. Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us? When the time comes, we’ll be plenty ready to exchange exile for homecoming. 2 Corinthians 5:6

One of the things I love about summer is that our schedule is different everyday. There is no worry of getting into a rut because every week is different and the activities can change minute by minute.  However, this lack of routine can hinder my scheduled time with God. In the Summertime, I am always at high risk of letting my relationship and time with God suffer.  The kids are home, we are traveling and it’s difficult to find any time alone much less time to study, reflect and pray.

A “rut” is defined as “a fixed or established mode of procedure or course of life, usually dull or unpromising, any furrow or grove”

It pains me to think that my relationship with God could be “dull and unpromising”. We have to get creative. Find new routes, new methods and avenues to incorporate God in our daily lives. Just because our schedule changes doesn’t mean we put God on hold until our schedule returns to normal. Praise God! He doesn’t put on on hold while He handles something else. To have the power, strength, discipline and peace to live our lives in a way that pleases Him and produces Kingdom fruit we must be connected to His vine (His Word).

When we are living within the vine, God takes care of everything else. That’s what God does when we allow Him in. His son’s blood covers our ruts, fills our holes and corrects our blemishes. He covers them and paves the way for salvation, peace, grace.

Oh, how I love all you’ve revealed; I reverently ponder it all the day long. Your commands give me an edge on my enemies; they never become obsolete. I’ve even become smarter than my teachers since I’ve pondered and absorbed your counsel. I’ve become wiser than the wise old sages simply by doing what you tell me. I watch my step, avoiding the ditches and ruts of evil so I can spend all my time keeping your Word. I never make detours from the route you laid out; you gave me such good directions. Your words are so choice, so tasty; I prefer them to the best home cooking. With your instruction, I understand life; that’s why I hate false propaganda Psalm 119:97 (The Message)

I pray you are able to”avoid the ditches and ruts of evil” by taking a few minutes to ponder new and creative ways to incorporate God into your summer schedule. Start by praying and asking God to reveal and create time for you to spend with Him. I promise He will make it happen. He desires time with you more than anyone else. Whether it’s Bible study instead of a magazine by the pool, a 30 minute walk with God on the beach, listening to a sermon while you drive to your next travel destination or kid swapping with a friend so you can each have 30 minutes of quiet time with God. Stay out of the rut!

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