4 Week Summer Devotional

4 Week Devotion Guide: Summer Make Over 2018


Dear Child of God,


Summer months are often where our schedules get off track. Some will transparently say that they slack off in their walks with God in the summer because of the children being home, traveling, or churches that are resting. Well, here is one way to ensure that you don’t get stuck in that kind of pattern. Join me every July, as I enter into a time of studying God’s word, praying more intently, and worshiping God. Find a accountability partner, and share this with them, so that you don’t falling behind in this commitment. Feel free to inbox me and share some key highlights of your July devotions. I hope this study guide helps you pursue God all the more this summer.


I will be praying for you! Let’s stay connected to God. We can’t afford a summer or a second with Him!


May God Bless You with His Presence and Peace.


Your Sister in Christ,

Dr. Jamila Rauf Jackson


4 Week Devotion Guide: Summer Make Over 2018


Week One: Spiritual Summer Make Over

Monday Reading: Real Worship: Woman with Alabaster Jar. (Luke 7:37-50)

Monday Journal Question(s): Worship is an intimate experience of loving on God. Worship is a lifestyle, but it also can be specific action. Take a moment, and worship God through writing. Take your time to sincerely love on Him in your journals as the music plays.

Worship Song: All I Have to Give by Mali Music

Tuesday Reading: Coming Back: A Prodigal Christian (Luke 15:11-32)

Tuesday Journal Question(s): What has life been like away from God? If you are ready to come back, what must you do to return to strong fellowship with the Lord? How will He respond to you?

Worship Song: Make Me New by Mali Music

Wednesday Reading: I Will Follow You, But. (Luke 9:57-62)

Wednesday Journal Question(s): What are the things that are holding you back from following Jesus whole heartedly? Are you honestly willing to make the necessary sacrifices to follow God? Explain.

Worship Song: Love is War by Hillsong UNITED

Thursday Reading: Disciples Falling Asleep (Matthew 26:36-46)

Thursday Journal Question(s): Have you promised to stick with the Lord, and then you ended up slacking off? In which ways have you slacked off or denied Christ? Give SPECIFIC examples. How do you honestly feel about this? How do you think God feels about this? Will you recommit to God in this season?

Worship Song: What Can I Do by Tye Tribbett

Friday Reading: Faith in Action. (James 2:14-26)

Friday Journal Question(s): Have you ever heard one thing from a person’s mouth, but seen something different from their actions? Actions truly speak louder than words. What are some ways your actions have shined light on your true heart condition? Confess to God, and spend time telling Him how you feel about Him.

Worship Song: The Heart of Worship by Matt Redman

Saturday: Find some time for sincere prayer and worship. If you missed a reading/journal, use this day to catch up.

Sunday: Attend church service. Take notes, and journal on the topic. (If you are not a member of a church, arrange a visit with one of your peers.)


Week Two: Psychological Summer Make Over

Monday Reading: Let This Mind be in You: Humility. (Philippians 2:5-11)

Monday Journal Question(s): Do you have a pride problem? What evidences of pride are present in your life? What changes can you make to be more like Jesus, one who humbled Himself for the glory of God?

Worship Song: Who am I by Casting Crowns

Tuesday Reading: Don’t worry, about a thing. (Matthew 6:25-34)

Tuesday Journal Question(s): What are you worried about in this season? Write a letter to yourself from God, assuring you that He has it all under control.

Worship Song: Trust in You by Anthony Brown

Wednesday Reading: Letting go of the past. (Philippians 3:12-14)

Wednesday Journal Question(s): What is plaguing you from your past? How is it crippling you? Write the story out. Prayerfully give it to God and ask Him for insight. After a few minutes, retell the story in a different, more understanding, more positive way… allow God’s truth to guide you.

Worship Song: Moving Forward by Hezekiah Walker

Thursday Reading: Loving Yourself. (Psalm 139:1-18)

Thursday Journal Question(s): How do you see yourself? How does this compare with how God sees you? Write a letter from God to you about each part of your body and personality traits that you are most critical of. Use Psalm 139:1-18 to frame your sentences. Read this letter as often as you need to in the days to come.

Worship Song: Oh How He Loves Us by Kim Walker

Friday Reading: Clean your mind, and the rest will follow: Lust. (Matthew 5:21-32)

Friday Journal Question(s): What inappropriate thoughts or feelings contaminate your soul? How can you clean up your mind in order than you may glorify God?

Worship Song: Holiness by Micah Stampley

Saturday: Find some time for sincere prayer and worship. If you missed a reading/journal, use this day to catch up.

Sunday: Attend church service. Take notes, and journal on the topic. (If you are not a member of a church, arrange a visit with one of your peers.)


Week Three: Emotional Summer Make Over

Monday Reading: Wash your hearts, not your hands. (Matthew 15:1-20)

Monday Journal Question(s): We can tell where our hearts are by what comes out of us. What is your heart condition right now?

Worship Song: From the Inside Out by HIllsong

Tuesday Reading: Frenemies (Luke 6:27-36)

Tuesday Journal Question(s): Who are the people that have enemy tendencies in your life? How did your relationship get to that place? Have you been vengeful or merciful and loving to them? What would it take to please God in the situation?

Worship Song: Great is Your Mercy by Donnie McClurkin

Wednesday Reading: Anxieties: The Waves and Winds of Life (Matthew 14:22-36)

Wednesday Journal Question(s): What causes you to worry? Why do you feel like you must handle things all by yourself? Write about a time when you were really worried about something and God came through for you.

Worship Song: Made a Way by Travis Green

Thursday Reading: Woman at the Well: Depression. (John 4:4-26)

Thursday Journal Question(s): Have you been discouraged and depressed recently? Why? How is God going out of His way to reach you? What must you do in response? In other words, what is your part in coming out of the depression?

Worship Song: Without You by Tasha Cobbs

Friday Reading: A Forgiveness Formula: 70x7 (Matthew 18:21-35)

Friday Journal Question(s): Why is forgiveness so important in our lives? Why should you forgive the people that hurt you? (Come on, find SOMETHING.) Are you able to exercise forgiveness at this moment to those who have really hurt you, not only for them, but for you?

Worship Song: Broken Vessels by Hillsong

Saturday: Find some time for sincere prayer and worship. If you missed a reading/journal, use this day to catch up.

Sunday: Attend church service. Take notes, and journal on the topic. (If you are not a member of a church, arrange a visit with one of your peers.)


Week Four: Practical Summer Make Over

Monday Reading: When You Pray, Give, and Fast. (Matthew 6:1-24)

Monday Journal Question(s): How is your prayer life? How is your giving level? How do you feel about fasting? What is God saying to you about these three?

Worship Song: Here I am to Worship by Israel Houghton

Tuesday Reading: Elijah and the Widow Woman (1 Kings 17:7-16)

Tuesday Journal Question(s): Describe one of the most sacrificial givers you know. What will God do when you give? What holds you back from being a sacrificial giver? Are you ready to fully trust God in this season and see His glory?

Worship Song: I Give Myself Away by William McDowell

Wednesday Reading: Hard Words. (John 6:41-69)

Wednesday Journal Question(s): When Jesus tells the followers that they must eat of His flesh and drink of His blood, the Bible says that many of them turned away. The words were just too hard. In our lives, there are areas that we know God is addressing. What hard words are you hearing right now? Will you walk away or will you follow Jesus in obedience? How will you make life changes for the glory of God in this area?

Worship Song: For Your Glory by Tasha Cobbs

Thursday Reading: Sitting Still: Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42)

Thursday Journal Question(s): Are you Mary or Martha right now? Explain. What do you need to do to choose the “better thing”?

Worship Song: Wrap Me in Your Arms by William McDowell

Friday Reading: Send Me. (Isaiah 6:1-8)

Friday Journal Question(s): We have all been given spiritual gifts and assignments. While you manage family, work, and leisure, you will not be fulfilled if you ignore this part of your life. What gifts has God given you? What can you do to be of service to the Kingdom of God and the sharing of the Gospel?

Worship Song: Yes by Shekinah Glory (Extended Version)

Saturday: Find some time for sincere prayer and worship. If you missed a reading/journal, use this day to catch up.

Sunday: Attend church service. Take notes, and journal on the topic. (If you are not a member of a church, arrange a visit with one of your peers.)





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