Summer is a fun time for taking pictures! Here are some pictures that I have taken this summer:
What is your favorite thing to take pictures of in summer?
Have you been really busy this summer? Longing for a break? Wish you could just go on a vacation?
Why not have a “staycation?” Clear your schedule for the weekend, and just relax and have fun with your family! Here are 5 ideas of things to do for some family fun during your summer staycation -
1. Have a movie marathon. Rent a few of your favorite movies, and sit down and watch them together.
2. Outdoor game night. Spend the evening playing outdoor games, such as croquet and Botchee.
3. Family Outing. Go somewhere in the area that you all enjoy. Visit the zoo, play a game of mini-golf, go bowling, etc . . .
4. Go on a picnic. Pack yourselves a lunch, and enjoy it outdoors!
5. Board game tournament. Choose a couple of your favorite board games to play together.
Which of these activities will you do as a family during your summer staycation?
Going on a road trip this summer? Listen to these songs as you travel!
Click on this link, and check out Called and Created’s Road Trip Playlist on YouTube!
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This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 16:11. This verse says that our Heavenly Father will make known to us the path of life, and that He will fills us with joy in His presence, and eternal pleasures at His right hand.
Do you feel depressed? Discouraged? Defeated? Are you in need of joy? Spend some time in God’s presence. Let Him reveal to you just how much He loves you, and just how amazing His grace really is. Begin to understand that you are valued, treasured, and cherished by Him, as His beloved child. Know that the One who created the universe knows and cares for you personally as your Heavenly Father, and let that knowledge bring you joy beyond what you’ve ever experienced before.
God loves you. He knows what you are feeling, and He doesn’t want you to be filled with defeat, depression, discouragement, anxiety, fear, or worry. He wants you to experience the fullness of joy that his found in His presence. Draw near to Him, and allow Him to fill you with His surpassing joy!
Week 28 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearing its end. This week’s reading was 2 Corinthians 1-5. These chapters begin another of Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 contains some amazing truths! These verses tell us that:
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 is full of wonderful truths for us, as believers! May God use these verses to reveal to you who you in Christ more clearly than ever before!
Any time of year is a great time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, and how He came to save us. Check out these links, and review the story of His birth!
The Lord’s Promises – An angel tells Mary of Jesus’ birth
The Voice Of God - An angel tells Joseph of Jesus’ birth
The Birth Of Our Savior – Jesus is born
Good News Of Great Joy – Shepherds hear the good news of Jesus’ birth
The King Come To Save Us – Wise men come to see Baby Jesus
Yesterday’s post included a list of traditional Christmas carols for celebrating Christmas in July. Here are a few Christmas songs by Christian artists that are a little more recent -
This Is Christmas by Kutless - Christmas is all about Christ coming to save us, as this song clearly reminds us.
Hope Was Born This Night by Sidewalk Prophets – When Jesus was born, hope was born – hope of salvation, hope of redemption, and hope of reconciliation to God.
Christmas This Year by TobyMac – This song is all about celebrating the season!
The Day After Thanksgiving by Brandon Heath – A humorous plea to put off the beginning of the Christmas festivities until the day after Thanksgiving!
What is your favorite Christmas song? Is it a traditional carol, or a more recent song about the season?
Click on this link to check out our Christmas In July Youtube playlist of these carols, sung by Christian artists!
What is your favorite Christmas carol?
Linked up this post with Thriving Thursdays.
This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is
Isaiah 60:5. It says that wealth on the seas will be brought to you, and that the riches of nations will come to you.
As His children, God loves us, and wants to provide for us. He desires for us to have more than enough for ourselves and our families, and to bless those around us.
2 Corinthians 9:11 says that we will be enriched in every way, so that we can be generous on every occasion. In other words, God wants to bless us, so that we can bless others!
Our Heavenly Father gives good gifts to those who ask (Matthew 7:11). The question to ponder is do we ask? Do we bring our requests to Him, confident of His provision? Or do we live a life of constant worry over our finances? Instead of living in a state of incessant anxiety, let’s begin to tell Him what we are in need of, assured that He can and will do exceedingly, abundantly, and far above all that we could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20-21) in our lives!
Week 27 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was 1 Corinthians 12-16. These chapters further continue one of Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth.
In 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, Paul speaks of the gifts of the Spirit, which are given for the common good. They are all the work of the same Spirit, which He distributes to each, as He determines.
Here are the nine gifts mentioned in this passage:
God wants us to walk in the gifts of the Spirit. Like any gift, they are offered to us freely. Let’s receive and utilize these gifts, that our Heavenly Father has for us as His children!