Here we are again. Summer break is almost over, unless your children go back to school as early as Florida. Our kids went back this week. There’s something about the hustle of getting ready for school, even if your children have grown and you don’t have to buy school supplies and new clothes.
I was in WalMart last week, roaming around in the supply section. Back packs. Lunch boxes. Paper, pens, pencils…it all took me back to the days when I took my girls to the store to get ready for the big day. We always made a special day of shopping, then out to lunch as our last day of summer vacation. I watched the parent’s faces, remembering that look of being overwhelmed by the number of supplies the schools require. I actually rolled my cart away with a package of pens. I know, I got away easy.
The scene got me thinking. How many times have you felt overwhelmed by all the material out there, offering to help us have a closer relationship with the Lord? There are books and tapes and pod casts. I’ll be talking to a person and they’ll say, “Have you read so-and-so?” Many times I haven’t. Let’s face it, we can’t read every single book put out by an author who hopes to have some sort of impact in our walk with the Lord. So what do we do?
Go back to basics. Read the Bible. I don’t knock books that help us understand doctrine or church history or walking day-to-day with the Lord. They are wonderful additions to the Word. Reading the Word daily brings us hope, strength, promise and joy. No matter what you face in life, the Word can fill your heart and soften the sad places. It can even make us bold as we discover who God is and how much He loves us.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12-13
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13
As the children get back into a routine, why don’t we all, me included, take this opportunity to set aside a special time each day (if you don’t already) to get into the Word. As our children grow in learning, let us also grow deeper in our relationship with God. Every moment spent with the Lord is exciting and worthwhile.
Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of fifteen novels. Family values, a bit of mystery and, of course, love and romance, are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Look for her next Harlequin Heartwarming romance, HIS ONE AND ONLY BRIDE, available January 2018 and her next Christmas Town novella in the holiday collection, HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY WISHES, available October 2017. Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at Tara Randel Books