Summer is the season in which we find ourselves looking forward to a little relaxation! It’s time for pool parties, longer days of sunlight, basking in the sunshine, sitting on the porch swing sipping lemonade, bare feet in the sand, ocean breezes, flip flops, ice cream, baseball, cookouts and picnics. We look forward to vacation and a bit of rest and relaxation before our year cranks back up with a calendar full of activities and demands on our schedules that can just drain us!
It’s easy to allow other things to press in and crowd out our time in God’s Word and presence each day.
I’d like to invite you to join me for Summer SOAK, a devotional series focusing on the character and nature of our amazing God! One of the greatest benefits to my “real life” walk has been to study the attributes and names of God. God reveals Himself to us throughout the Scriptures so that we might know Him and experience the joy found in a relationship with Him. Years ago through a Precept study I was taught to mark and note any reference to a name or characteristic of God when reading Scripture. This has been an amazing practice in my life. In my times of need or when I find it difficult to trust God in a particular circumstance, knowing who He is and calling to mind His names and attributes has grown my faith and changed my life—my thoughts, attitudes and actions. The more I know God, the more I love Him and trust Him in even greater ways. I hope through this devotional study this summer, you’ll come to know God and grow deeper in your relationship with Him.
If you’ve “soaked” with us the last two years, you’ll find an extra week of devotions this year. Our guiding verse for this series is Psalm 113:3:
From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised! —Psalm 113:3
Each week we’ll focus on a verse or passage of Scripture that speaks to an attribute or characteristic of God found in His Word (SOAK). Then we’ll spend time praising Him (SHINE). We’ll use the imagery found in the summer season to prompt us to praise God.
Here’s the dictionary definition for the word soak:
- to saturate
- to permeate thoroughly
- to penetrate or affect the mind or feelings
- to absorb or take in
- to enjoy something
- to spend time experiencing and enjoying the mood or feeling in a place
As we SOAK in God’s Word and His presence, we’ll walk away refreshed and renewed and prepared to pour out and serve others with the love of Christ.
In our guiding verse for this series, Psalm 113:3, the word “praised” in the original language (Hebrew) is the word hâlal, which means to be clear, to shine, to make a show, to boast, to rave, to celebrate; to be worthy of praise.
That’s just what we’ll aim to do each day — to shine, to boast, rave and celebrate God’s presence in our lives. Just like that radiant glow we have with after basking in the summer sun, we’ll walk away from our SOAKING in God’s Word and in His presence with a radiance that SHINES and reflects Christ to those around us.
The approach for each day’s lesson will be:
- Read the Word.
- Reflect on who God is and what He has done.
- Pray the Word back to the Lord and spend time praising Him.
- Meditate upon His attribute and truth as you go through the day.
- Shine by sharing and serving others out of the overflow of His presence in your life and His Word in your heart.
It’s my prayer through this series, from the rising of the sun to its setting, we will focus on our amazing God. We’ll take that Word for the day and think about it, talk about it, pray it and share it. We’ll allow it to really SOAK into our hearts and lives.
I’d love to hear from you as we SOAK this summer! Would you consider commenting on the blog post as God leads? What a great way to encourage others. You can subscribe to the blog and get a daily email reminder for the day’s verse. You can also join us on Facebook on the Get Real! Community page or on Instagram. I hope you’ll make plans to join me this summer beginning in June!
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