And this can in turn cause us to forget who we worship and the purpose of our lives. Good health can lead to carelessness about diet and exercise. Summertime Distractions. This is so important to know before we find ourselves in times such as this. The thing is this … remembering is intentional. and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up" (Deuteronomy 8:11-14). Blessings, Jennifer. Your email address will not be published. Remember he is always with you in good times and bad. . From creation to the cross and through every moment of history—human history and my history … Your goodness and love have never failed. But, what does it mean to walk by faith in the good times, the summers of our spiritual life? God promises we will face troubles in this life, but he also promises to walk by our side through it all. to make the best of the present. Thank you. Prepare in advance for those hard times, because they will come. when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them . So stay close and stay grateful to God in the summer seasons of life. ... Those who have worked in countries dominated by Romanism know that the phrase, "the good God," comes glibly from Catholic tongues, as though it referred to an idol. Living on the equator, you miss the dazzling colors of fall, a cozy fire in winter, a garden in spring, the beach in summer. “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6). Of course, it is! The greatest danger in the summertime season of life is forgetting who is responsible for the good life we are enjoying. But, do we face the same temptation--spiritually speaking--when, as the sultry song says, "Summertime, and the living is easy. We are having too much of a good time. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 “Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God. . It’s simple really … remembering is the cure for forgetting. Summertime Dangers. By Your grace, I have everything I need to do today and that’s enough. Please help me remember all the ways You have shown me Your grace and mercy in the past. May His blessings lead to praise rather than sin. Peace when chaos surrounded me. Remember the things I have done in the past. Many folks love the seasons' variety--especially the summer season! That is the story of the Old Testament and of each and every one of us. When tilted away, winter. Summertime Distractions. The greatest danger in the summertime season of life is forgetting who is responsible for the good life we are enjoying. Summertime Directives. What evidence should we look for in a Christian to determine if he is still walking by faith during the good times in life, still focused on God? Your email address will not be published. Yes, Lord, You are good, all the time! “Remember the things I have done in the past. We must give glory to God for each blessing we receive rather than taking the credit for ourselves, some other person or the blessing itself. May we glorify Him when He blesses rather than worship the blessing He has given. Until the second half of 1 Corinthians 6:11 happened. . . “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” This is the theme of the entire book of Hosea. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Because the truth is…God is good! So I hope we can stop forgetting our Lord in the midst of good. . and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up" (Deuteronomy 8:11-14). We too, like the Israelites, have a tendency to forget. I am Your child. Blessings, Deb! . . Blessings! For I alone am God! So I hope we can stop forgetting our Lord in the midst of good. When experiencing sickness, financial pressure, rocky relationships, and other anxieties, we focus on God, never letting Him out of our sight as we cry out for relief. Thank you for this. Those are wonderful prayers and reminders! But I know better than that God answered them just not how I had planned. Because probably when we are having good times, we aren't thinking about God. "When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you" (Deuteronomy 8:10). I am accepted and free. When the earth tilts toward the sun, it's summer. I love that statement Deb God is good, all the time! When I forget … help me remember! View all posts by Deb. Father, if there is ever a moment when I doubt Your goodness … all I have to do is think about Jesus. Pray about everything! He’s proven His goodness in countless ways … everything from forgiving me through Jesus to countless everyday moments of provision and protection.And yet…I’ll be honest with you, there have been times in my life when circumstances were painful and waiting seemed to go on forever. And those have been the moments I needed to take my pain and my waiting to God in prayer. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Counting My Blessings  – at the Intersection of Faith and Life with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. You are my Father … Creator, Jesus … Savior, and Spirit … Comforter and Helper. Time and time again this happens in the Old Testament. I can't wait to tell you about it... and click the I'm a Blessing Counter Button! It’s simple really … remembering is the cure for forgetting. He longs for that. When tilted away, winter. When I’m in pain, physically or emotionally. Do this in remembrance of me.”. Now if you look at that list and think “well I am not any of those so I must be safe,” you are missing the point. Humility helps us to see ourselves, others and blessings in the correct light. One of my favorite verses is Philippians 4:6…. (based on John 14:26)And yes, as I look back, my life is a testament to Your love. Such a great encouragement today! So stay close and stay grateful to God in the summer seasons of life. Let thanksgiving to God be on your lips for every good and perfect gift which has come down from above (James 1:17). All verses are taken from the New Living Translation unless otherwise stated. Summer is America's favorite season--homemade ice cream, a tan, sandals, cooking out, the beach, summer camp, long days, short nights, and the kids welcome NO SCHOOL! Remember this. I know God is good! Always! Help us to ever remember that, and give thanks. You are with me … yes, wherever I go You are there. google_ad_client = "pub-6741619972424625"; It's easy to lose our normal focus from June through August. God is so good! I, like many of you, don’t have a great memory. And always remember – I LOVE hearing from you! So, stop today and make a list of ways God has shown you His goodness in the past. By David Jeremiah      If the earth's axis were not tilted 23 degrees 27 minutes away from a line perpendicular to the plane of the earth's rotation around the sun, there would be no seasons on our planet. Spring and fall are transitional seasons which separate winter and summer. - In the day of prosperity be joyful; literally, in the day of good be in good i. e. when things go well with you, be cheerful (Ecclesiastes 9:7; Esther 8:17); accept the situation and enjoy it.The advice is the same as that which runs through the book, viz. If the earth's axis were perfectly vertical, we would only have one season all year long. May we remember that we once were lost, naked, shameful and disgusting and that we didn’t solve our own sin problem. Amen. Top 10 Bible Verses for Trusting God in Difficult Times. The second thing to remember is where you have come from. (based on John 3:16) Then You sent us the Spirit to remind us of everything Jesus taught about who You are and all You’ve done. We don't always plan the arrival of summer seasons or know when they may leave, but everyone experiences periods of prosperity and goodness. While summer is a season, it's also a state of mind. His righteousness never fails. In the spiritual summer seasons of life, when we find ourselves with extra money, our thoughts may become materialistic. 5 wonderful verses.