June 1, 2010 I published the last issue (at least for a while) of Girl Talk my teen girl magazine. Since this blog was originally designed for the purpose of publishing weekly devotions for the magazine and later the magazine itself I decided to create another blog that isn’t connected to Girl Talk.

I’ll probably still publish book reviews or other items here now and again but you’ll more often find me at Trusting Him with Today. I hope you’ll stop by

Aug 4, 2009

Summers are for Spending Time With God

Without meaning to I seem to have started a “Summers are for…” series:).

The best thing about summer vacations is the fact that I have more time to spend with my heavenly father. Although I have set time to spend with God when I’m working, summer vacation gives me bonus time to spend with Him and I do try to take advantage of it.

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16

If we look at the example that Jesus set for us you’ll notice that He always found time to talk to His heavenly father. Spending time with God for me means spending time reading and studying His word and spending time in prayer.

As a teenager reading and studying the Bible took effort, for but it wasn’t as difficult as prayer sometimes was. I mean, how do you talk to the God of the universe? What do you say to Him on a daily basis? However, I remember my mother would always tell me, “Bernie, prayer is just talking to God. Talk to him just like you’d talk to me or you talk to your friends. He just wants you to talk to him.” Those words freed me. Okay, I don’t quite talk to God like when my best girlfriends and I are gabbing away but I do talk to Him, all the time.

What I love about God is that I can talk to Him about anything and everything, and I do talk to him about every little thing. I even talk to him about those times when I can’t get my hair done just the way I want it :). There is nothing too big or too small for me to take to him.

Summers are usually my times of refreshing, spiritually, mentally and physically… Did I mention I love summer (minus the extremely high temperature of course)?

What do you love about summer?


Warren Baldwin said...

"Bernie, prayer is just talking to God. Talk to him just like you’d talk to me or you talk to your friends. He just wants you to talk to him.” Those words freed me."

They free me, too. When I can remember to do that, prayer flows much more naturally.

I've been studying intercessory prayer based on 1 Sam. 12:23. That is a convicting verse.


A. Muschette said...

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Please keep doing what you are doing to encourage young women!


Tea With Tiffany said...

Good reason to love summer. :)

I love summer because I can go on adventures with my kids. I can sit outside and listen to the birds and enjoy the colorful flowers. I love the warmth. I love bike rides. I just love this summer of year here in Colorado. It's so nice...And yes, I love to talk to God in prayer.

Hugs, Bernadine. Glad my blog blessed you tonight. Praise HIM..

He still speaks.

Denise said...

I love summer because you can do so many outdoor activities.

eph2810 said...

I so agree with your beloved mom...just talking to Him brings everything into perspective...at least it does for me.

Do I love summer? Hm, I have to admit, summer is my least favorite season -- I guess because I live in Arizona - lol...I like the winter and spring :) - that is the time for my renewal every year :)

I am glad to read that you are having a marvelous summer...

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