Ladies, Maximize Your Summer
Spring semester has been wonderful, and I’ve been deeply encouraged by the many stories you’ve shared about how the Lord has used Women’s Bible Study in your life these past few months. It’s hard to believe the semester is over so quickly.
During the summer, we won’t have any formal or official programs, studies, or events in Women’s Ministry until we kickoff the Fall semester in a few months, so I wanted to email you to ask that you pray about how the Lord would have you maximize your summer. I want to challenge you to be intentional with the only Summer of this year you will ever get, and there are 3 ways I am praying you will do this: books, relationships, and evangelism.
First, use the extra time you may have to read a good book that will contribute to your spiritual growth. Better yet, don’t just read a book alone. I’ve heard of several groups of ladies planning to read and discuss together informally this summer. Ask around, or just invite some ladies to read a book with you. Here are some books suggestions that would be great to read together:
- The Gospel Comes with a Housekey, by Rosaria Butterfield
- New Morning Mercies, Paul David Tripp
- Counter Culture, by David Platt
- Women of the Word, by Jen Wilkin
- Habits of Grace, Tony Reinke
- Awe, by Paul David Tripp
- A Gospel Primer for Christians, by Milton Vincent
Second, use the extra time you may have this summer to invest in relationships with other women. The Christian life is meant to be lived together, so don’t wait for official ministry events. Schedule play dates with some of the other moms, grab coffee together with another woman while your husband has some “dad time” with the kids, schedule a time to catch up over the phone with a friend and pray for each other, and use the wonderful gift of text messaging to encourage one another regularly.
Finally, invest your summer in praying for opportunities to reach unbelieving souls around you with the gospel. Whether it is new strategies to reach your neighbors through hospitality or praying for people you meet on vacation, this summer represents a season of your life that could be used in powerful ways to advance the kingdom of God.
I have prayed for you by name, and I will be praying for you this summer to maximize your spiritual growth and gospel impact through a book or books, through relationships, and through evangelism. I pray that God will use Summer 2018 in powerful ways in your life, and I would love to hear about your plans so I can continue to pray for your spiritual endeavors together with one another.
Your Brother in Christ,