Baseball camp. Football camp. Basketball camp. Travel ball. All-stars. Cheerleading camp. Band camp. Family vacation. Traveling to see family. Business trip. Campouts. Weekend get-a-ways. Beach house. Mountain home.
What do all these things have in common? They pull us away from the consistent interaction with the community of believers we call the “church.” We live in highly mobile society. People are traveling more than ever before. How can a person stay connected to the local church during a busy summer of travel?
Here are a few thoughts:
Be fierce about your personal time with the Lord.
1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
No one will ever be able to feed you the Word like you ultimately need. You must feed yourself. When traveling we face temptations that you are able to stay away from at home. The only way to survive is through intentional, uninterrupted time with the Lord.
Study the Word and Pray.
Recommended devotional book: New Morning Mercies
Here are some Bible Reading Plans
Here is a great book I use to help me pray: Valley of Vision
Stay connected to your local church.
Hebrews 10:24-25 – And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
At Apex Baptist, we use an online tool to help us stay connected even when we are physically away from the church. This tool is called Apex Connected and it facilitates community so you can learn more about ministries, register for events, connect with others, and so much more.
Apex Connected will help you stay in the loop of everything happening in your Life Group (bible study class). You may miss a few Sundays over the next few months, but you can still stay in touch with group members, see prayer needs, be informed about group functions, etc. You will also be able to see all the activities for your children so they can be involved when your family is home.
By registering for Apex Connected you will receive the E-Newsletter which will share all the upcoming events and activities church-wide.
Continue to give.
Malachi 3:8 – Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions.
All of us feel more connected to things that we are investing in. By continuing to give, you are being obedient to God and faithful in your church.
To give to Apex Baptist, click here.
Find a rhythm for worship.
Psalm 29:2 – Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
We need to worship the Lord. There are many opportunities to worship when you are away.
> If you are in the same place for an extended period of time, find a local church to worship.
> If you are in different places on Sunday, grab some worship music, sing to the Lord, and watch a sermon online.
We post the songs we are singing each week at Apex Baptist on Spotify.
Here is a link to past sermons preached at Apex Baptist.
Maybe these steps and resources will help you take the next step in your walk with Christ this summer!
Love the idea of being fierce in maintaining a summer quiet time. That’s going to ring in my heart every morning!