SUMMER “SCHOOL”

I’m a great believer in summers off –for kids especially.  Changing the rhythm, laying back, talking, swimming, playing, imagining….  I used to love climbing a tree and then sitting in the top with a good book.  If I were parenting now, I’d try to limit the technology in order to change that life rhythm to make room for these other things.

What does this have to do with thinking thru the Bible or embracing faith?

Time to “chew” on a biblical theme or to read a good biography of someone like John Wesley or John Newton or Suzanne Spurgeon helps make biblical themes real to us.  My family used to “Drop Everything And Read” for 20-30 minutes every day.  Everyone, including me, would read alone anything they liked.  We varied the time of day.  I would ring a little hand bell while I was in the middle of something and I’d make a show of dropping it to do what was important—-read!  Try www.cvbvs.com for biographies. Reading a Christian’s life story can broaden one’s own experience and hold up character traits to model.

An example of mediating on a biblical theme is to think about the meaning of such things as creation, election, Jesus’ resurrection, hope of eternal life, God’s love, God’s plan of salvation etc. Try to get your middle school age children to practice this. Of course, they ultimately control what they are thinking, but you can suggest it and do it yourself. You might compile a list of verses on one subject for them to read and think about. Mediating like this requires a quieter lifestyle than we “run” the rest of the year. It gives time for the Holy Spirit to convict, comfort, strengthen, renew.

Verses to Think Upon
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

“Let the earth bring forth grass,…whose seed is in itself, on the earth; and it was so.” Genesis 1: 11

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field… So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes…she also gave to her husband with her , and he ate.” Genesis 3:1,6

“He (Jesus) was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” John 1:2-3

“For by Him (Jesus) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible…” Colossians 1:16

“Behold, I (Jesus) am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End…who is and who was and who is to come, the ALMIGHTY.” Revelation 1:8

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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