give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

Hello, Altered Stories Ministry Family,

As we enter into the summer months, these months often bring with them times of fun, heat, depending on where you live, and plenty of time spent with your family and friends.  As a child, I often spent time with my dad.  We played video games at the arcade or to the roller coaster park in Phoenix.

The summer months often represent freedom and fun.  While we enjoy our freedom, how often do we ignore the freedom we all have in Christ?  How often do we find a time of refreshment taking a vacation, swimming, or doing other fun activities, but we don’t acknowledge the refreshment we have in Christ when we become His children?   

There is nothing wrong with taking time to relax and enjoy fun activities during summer, but let’s remember that lasting true freedom and refreshment comes from our Lord in heaven above.  Anything we enjoy here on Earth is only a taster for what awaits us in Heaven.

John 8:36 says, “So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” (NLT)

In Acts 3:19 scripture tells us, “Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord…” (NLT)

This summer be sure to take time to enjoy yourself and remember only God gives us our true and lasting freedom and refreshment.

God bless,

Teresa