5 Things To Do During Your Summer Staycation

5 Things To Do During Your Summer Staycation

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?

Road Trip Playlist

Road Trip Playlist

Going on a road trip this summer? Listen to these songs as you travel!

  • Holiday by Britt Nicole
  • Wake by Hillsong Young and Free
  • Look Like Love by Britt Nicole
  • Fishers Of Men by Newsboys
  • We Shine by Stellar Kart
  • Lifeline by Anthem Lights
  • The King Is Coming by Newsboys
  • Made Alive by Citizens
  • Write Your Story by Franchesca Battistelli
  • Overcomer by Mandisa

Click on this link, and check out Called and Created’s Road Trip Playlist on YouTube!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLv8FcZq8aztbFi9gEhXi2_ST-EOzAxkp

(Called and Created is not responsible for any ads that may pop up while watching any of the videos on our playlists.)

Filled With Joy In His Presence

Filled With Joy In His PresenceThis 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!

New Creation, Reconciliation, and Right Standing Before God

New Creation, Reconciliation, and Right Standing Before GodWeek 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:

 

 

  • We are in Christ (v. 17). As believers, our identity is found in Him!
  • If we are in Christ, we are a new creation – the old has past, and the new has come (v. 17)! We are not who we once were. We have been made new.
  • We have been reconciled to God through Christ (v. 18-19). Because of what Jesus has done for us, there’s no longer anything standing between us and God. If we have accepted God’s gift of salvation, we have become His children, and He is our Heavenly Father!
  • We have been entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation (v. 18-19). This is the message that we are to share – not that God is ready and waiting to rain down judgement for every mistake we make, but that because of Christ’s finished work, He no longer holds our sins against, and we can be reconciled to Him.
  • God made Christ, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that in Him, we might become the righteousness of God (v. 21). At the cross, He took our place of sin, that we might take His place of right standing before God!

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!

The Story Of His Birth

The Story Of His BirthThe posts from the past couple of days have been filled with Christmas songs for celebrating Christmas in July.

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

http://calledandcreated.com/2013/12/the-lords-promises/

The Voice Of God - An angel tells Joseph of Jesus’ birth

http://calledandcreated.com/2013/12/the-voice-of-god/

The Birth Of Our Savior – Jesus is born

http://calledandcreated.com/2013/12/the-birth-of-our-savior/

Good News Of Great Joy – Shepherds hear the good news of Jesus’ birth

http://calledandcreated.com/2013/12/good-news-of-great-joy/

The King Come To Save Us – Wise men come to see Baby Jesus

http://calledandcreated.com/2013/12/the-king-come-to-save-us/

Christmas In July Playlist, Part 2

Christmas In July Playlist, Part 2

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?

Christmas In July Playlist

Christmas In July PlaylistCelebrate Christmas in July by listening to the following Christmas carols!

  • O Holy Night
  • Silent Night
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • Angels We Have Heard On High
  • Deck The Halls
  • Joy To The World
  • O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  • What Child Is This
  • Away In A Manger

Click on this link to check out our Christmas In July Youtube playlist of these carols, sung by Christian artists!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLv8FcZq8aztOkliSokNgNCtLmqv9PVOL

What is your favorite Christmas carol?

Linked up this post with Thriving Thursdays.

The Riches Of Nations Will Come To You

The Riches Of Nations Will Come To YouThis 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!

Gifts Of The Spirit

Gifts Of The SpiritWeek 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:

  1. word of wisdom
  2. word of knowledge
  3. faith
  4. gifts of healing
  5. working of miracles
  6. prophecy
  7. discerning of spirits
  8. different kinds of tongues
  9. interpretation of tongues

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!