Summer Dreams

We all dream of lazy summer days with no demanding schedules;

cute kids in flip-flops along the shore;

or chasing lizards or butterflies in the backyard;

family reunions with great food (prepared by Aunt…..) and fun games (organized by Uncle…..);

luxury cotton linens;

and quiet escapes;

time to read a great book or flip through a magazine.

But, summer reality is a far different picture! Let the following turn your thinking from summer dreams to reality:

“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you–that is, that we may be mutually encourage by each other’s faith, both your and mine” (Romans 1:11-12).

“…we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:2).

“Live in harmony with one another” (Romans 12:16).

“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us” (I John 4:16).

“In the beginning was the Word (God the Son), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made” (John 1:1-3 ( ) added by me).

I hope this will help you think straight. “Right” thinking leads to “right” living. Dreaming sometimes needs to be reined in like a spirited horse. Truth matters.

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before “retiring” to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies.

My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years.

Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, “Warm-hearted Calvinists.”

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