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Today I am sharing a few lessons learned over summer break: in the spirit of Back to School theme papers. I pray others are encouraged and challenged too.

In Christ’s Love, Erika

1. Quench Not the Spirit

When the Holy Spirit puts something on my heart and mind, may I not resist obeying.  If God is prompting (after prayer and discernment) to take a difficult action and I deny it, I am pouring water on the fire of the Spirit. I don’t want to do that.

Do not quench the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:19


2. Don’t waste quiet.

The morning hours of summer are typically still in our home. I found myself squandering those times planning or journaling instead of reading God’s Word. They are not equal. May I use the quiet to invest in God’s Word. Working on that.

3. Be winsome.

Being winsome and kind is always better than being worried about what someone else is thinking of me.

4. Be a visitor in a church. 

It is helpful to be a visitor in a church occasionally (like while on vacation). It helps you empathize with visitors at your own church. You can appreciate how God is working in the Body at large. You can rejoice over the people and things you love about your fellowship when you return.

5. Accept your season.

There is wisdom in the house of mourning. Being broken brings a sober evaluation to the realities of your life–good and bad. On the other hand, don’t be sorrowful in a time of rejoicing. Be happy in the day of rejoicing. Accept where God has you for what he wants to accomplish.

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. Ecclesiastes 7:4

6. Be thankful for thorns.

I was reminded this summer how the Lord broke me in my youth through a difficult trial. Without this thorn, I would have surely pursued my conceited ideals. Yet it was good that I was afflicted. I pray God does the same for my children as he sees fit so they might know Him too! 

So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 2 Corinthians 12:7

It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statues. Psalm 119:71

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