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Surviving Summer Vacation

Teen Devotion on Surviving Summer Vacation

Summer vacation can be a little rough at times. Perhaps you’re crammed into a car with your brothers and sisters and have to drive half-way across the country to see some old monument that you could honestly care less about. Or perhaps, you’re stuck driving your little brother to all his baseball games, when you’d rather just be hanging out with your friends. Whatever the case may be, we know that summer vacation can feel long, boring, and less than awesome at times, so we’ve put together a few tips to help you survive summer vacation.

  1. Pay attention to what you say.
    It can be easy to get mad at  your brother or sister because of something they did. You can want to lash out at them and call them a horrible name or tell them you hate them. However, your words are really powerful. They can cause hurts that you never intended. So spend a little extra time thinking about the words that you speak.

    The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. – Proverbs18:21

  2. Have a good attitude.
    There may be times during summer vacation that you are forced to do something that you’d rather not do. In those times, you can choose the attitude you will have. So choose to be happy!

    Rejoice in the Lord always- delight, gladden yourselves in Him: again I say, rejoice! – Philippians 4:6

  3. Get creative.
    You might be stuck at home or bored out of your mind. Use the time to find something creative to do. Build your little brother a fort out of cardboard boxes. Try baking something new. Invite your friends over for a water balloon fight. Just get creative and find out of the box ways to keep yourself entertained.
  4. Spend some extra time in Bible study and prayer.
    If you’re bored in a car, at your house or at your brother’s baseball game, spend the extra time reading your Bible. Download an app for your phone, or use the good old fashioned paper Bible. Whatever works for you, just spend some time reading the Bible and getting excited to know God deeper.

Summer vacation can sometimes feel like its not going your way. You might feel like you’re not able to do all the things you want to do. Don’t spend too much time getting sad or upset. Rather, focus on keeping a good attitude and choosing to be happy regardless of what is going on around you.

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How to Have an Epic Summer – Part 2

Teen Devotion - Great Summer

Its summer break time again! You’re probably happy to be free from the stuffy halls of your school and able to sleep in! What are you going to do with all this newfound freedom and time? If you’re looking for some suggestions you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got ten ideas to make your summer epic!

  1. Start a business. You could run around your neighborhood and see if some of your neighbors would let you mow their lawns. Or maybe you’ve got a knack for making the most amazing chocolate chip cookies the world has ever seen. Take your ideas and skills and see if you can make some money selling them. You might find that making money is a lot more fun than you originally thought.
  2. Get a job. This might seem like a really lame way to spend the summer, but you might be surprised at how much you like working. The extra money is always nice, plus it gives you a chance to make some new friends on the job and also helps you not get too bored being at home.
  3. Write a song. Take some time to give songwriting a try. It doesn’t have to be serious or grammy award winning. Have fun with it and see what you can come up with. Start by working on the lyrics and words and be creative. You might be surprised at how much fun songwriting can be.
  4. Read your Bible. Set yourself some challenges for Bible reading this summer. Decide to read a chapter of the Bible that you might not have read before, or really go for it and see if you can get through the whole book this summer. You can use your free time to get to know God a little better through His word.
  5. Take a crazy adventure. You don’t even have to go out of your neighborhood or town to do this. Just be creative and think of something crazy you can do. Maybe you try to hike all the walking trails in your town, or see if you can bike across your neighborhood in an afternoon. Get outside and explore something new.
  6. Do something unexpected for someone else. Find someone you can do something unexpected for. Maybe you can cook dinner for your neighbor that just had surgery. Perhaps your grandma needs some help planting flowers. Find an opportunity and fill a need you see around you. You won’t have to look very hard to find one.
  7. Visit an older neighbor. Find an older friend or neighbor and stop by their house to visit. This might seem totally lame, but you’ll really make the older person’s day. Be open to talking to them and don’t be surprised if a friendship develops.
  8. Randomly help out around your house. This might make your mom or dad freak out, but you could try to do something small to help out at home. You could do the dishes before you’re asked or take out the trash. Perhaps you could even clean out the distaster area that was once your room. You might find out you made your mom or dad’s day.
  9. Find a new part of town. Get some friends together and check out a new part of town that you haven’t visited before. See if you can’t find something fun to do or see in the town near you.
  10. Do something crazy with friends.  It might be seeing who can drink the most cans of soda in 5 minutes or having a water fight outdoors like you used to when you were a kid. Just get together with some friends and do something crazy. You’ll have a ton of fun!

These suggestions should help you get on your way to having a great summer vacation. You’ll have a blast doing some things that are out of the ordinary. Leave us a comment if you have any ideas on ways you’ve made your summer break epic!

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