One of the things I love about following the church calendar is that it recognizes the rhythms of life. From Advent to Easter we are caught up in the drama of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. These seasons coincide with our school year and the hustle and bustle of life. It is busy and fun and full of energy, but, let’s be honest, it can be exhausting.

Then summer comes. Ah, summer. We can walk outside without bundling up. We are prone to walk more slowly and let the warm sun kiss our face. Many of us will take vacations, head up to the lake, or just take time to sit out in the backyard.

The church calendar calls this ordinary time. I like that. It is time to just be. We can take a deep breath and remember that life doesn’t always have to run at 100 miles per hour. It is OK to take time to play and laugh and read.

How will you spend your summer? If you are like me, you might make time to do something you really enjoy that will replenish your soul. I hope to do two things this summer. The first is to paint. I love to take my easel out into the middle of a field and paint in the open air. The second is to read. I have a long list of books I want to read. The next one for me is Brian McLaren’s newest book, Naked Spirituality.

If you are a reader and are looking for a good book that will help deepen you in your spiritual life, here are some of my favorites:

Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg

Invitation to a Journey by M. Robert Mulholland Jr.

A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren

Whatever you do, I hope you spend time with God in an ordinary way. Read scripture, pray, and play together with your family and friends. Soak in the sun as you walk with the Son. Enjoy!

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