St. James Family,

Long days on the beaches, family from every part of the country, a constant desire to be out on the water but yet inside cleaning dishes... it’s Summertime!

Western Michigan has been gorgeous these past few months! I don’t know about you, but I have either been on the road or have been hosting someone since May. It’s been a crazy time! It is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the summer months and forget to slowdown and reflect on the Word.

Psalm 104:34 says, “May my meditation be pleasing to Him, as I rejoice in the LORD.” It’s REALLY easy to forget to read the Bible in busy times! It’s really easy to blow off prayer time as we decide to do another family trip to the beach. This verse stands out even more though because it ends with REJOICING in the LORD! When time is taken in the Word and in prayer, it is much much easier to REJOICE! It is the grounding, the firm foundation on which we live our lives that helps us see the big picture of life. Christ loves you! He died for you! And He wants you to live BIG! The life we have is meant to live in Him. So remember to rejoice! Laugh a lot, pray even more, and meditate on His Word.

Your Family Life Director,
  Russell Baumann