Summer is a beautiful season. Flowers are in bloom, and the sun shines most of the time. School is out, and the pace is often slower, making it a time of refreshment and renewal. Our vegetable gardens overflow with abundance. Summer is joyous because of God's grace and benevolence.
Summer also is sometimes stressful. While we look forward to going on vacation, sometimes we feel stress getting packed, meeting our itineraries, and paying for everything. We may share apprehensions as our children are promoted to a new school or as our young adult children prepare to go off to college.
Bible devotions for summer can help remind us of the beauty and abundance of summer. They also can help us through the stresses of summer. Here are some Scriptures to spur your own summer devotional thoughts.
Scripture for Summer Joys
One joy of summer is its beauty. We can praise God for this beauty with Psalm 96. A portion of that psalm reads:
Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
Another Scripture verse that can remind us of the joys God has created is 1 Chronicles 16:32 to 34:
Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!
33 Let the trees of the forest sing,
let them sing for joy before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Using these Scriptures daily can help us to remain joyful and to project that joyfulness to others.
Scripture for Summer Stresses
Scripture also can help us cope with stress by reminding us of all that God does for us and of God's constant presence. If we feel stress, we can recite these Scriptures daily.
Romans 8:28 reminds us that no matter what happens, God will bring good from it. It reads, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
Deuteronomy 31:8 reminds us that we never go anywhere without God, and is comforting if we are going into a new place or to someplace that is difficult for us. In the New International Version translation, it reads: "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus addresses worry, which is a major source of stress. He says: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you, by worrying, add a single hour to your life?”
Scripture for Summer Reflections
Because of its slower pace, summer often provides us with time to reflect. We reflect upon the year so far; we reflect upon this summer and past summers. While we sometimes wallow in the difficult aspects of our lives, God hopes that we will spend time dwelling on the positive, joyful parts of our life.
To help us remember and reflect on the joys of the past, our daily devotions about summer might include these Scriptures:
Christian devotions for summer are important in helping us to remember that God is with us no matter what happens. They also help us remain joyful and let that joy flow and bless the lives of others. Repeating these Scriptures often helps us grow in faith, too.
We can also wear these and other joyful Scriptures to remind us and others of God's goodness. Love in Faith offers several tee shirts and other items that spread the joy of summer.