Time for the Father
By: Carrie Gleeson
Ahhh, summer . . . baseball games, BBQs, swimming, camping, watermelon, staying up late, and sleeping in . . . that’s how it goes right? That may have been how it was in 4th grade, but these days summer is just a busy as the school year for people in full-time ministry. Sometimes, summer can be even busier because of the amount of trips we take with students. I don’t know about you, but August and back-to-school seems like it’s coming quicker and quicker. How have you spent your summer? Have you created any space in your schedule this summer to rest and spend intentional time with the Father?
A good friend suggested I take a sabbatical this summer, I begrudgingly agreed with her that it was probably a good idea. It had been months since I allowed myself rest for a long period of time. I needed to sit before the Lord and invite him to fill my soul, to rejuvenate my life. For 3 weeks in June I met with my Father every day, intentionally, boldly, and it was beautiful. I breathed deeper, relaxed with purpose, and walked out of the 3 weeks joyful and revitalized.
Now, I know that not everyone can take 3 weeks . . . but what about 1 week, or even 1 day to spend time with the Father? In the midst of summer camps, trips, clubs, building times . . . take time for Him to speak life into your soul. Give him space in your life; give him space in your day. Don’t let the summer get away from you. Before you know it back-to-school will be upon you.