It's been really hot in South Louisiana, with the heat index often being well in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. So, what are some steps we can take to make life more bearable when the heat has been so bad? There are some practical and spiritual responses to that question.
Some practical steps to "beating the heat" include: staying hydrated; wearing loose-fitting, lightweight, porous clothing; going swimming; wearing broad-brimmed hats; staying indoors more than usual; and keeping air conditioning filters and units clean. Another practical step would be exercising and/or doing labor-intensive work when temperatures are noticeably cooler, like before the sun is at its zenith in the morning and after the sun goes down in the evening.
But there are also some spiritual steps we can take when dealing with the oppressiveness of the summer heat. We can spend extra time reading God's Word, praying to Him, and taking time to really focus on praising the Lord for who He is to us and all He has done for us. And I have personally discovered that when I do that, it takes my mind off of the temperature heat and off of the "hot" discussions and decisions I'm dealing with in my life. And doing that helps me to cool down emotionally and mentally, but it also helps me to cool down physically.
Let me give you some tips on praising the Lord that will perhaps help you "beat the heat" in your life. Psalm 145:1-7 says: "I will praise You, my God and King, and bless Your name forever and ever. I will bless You every day, and I will praise Your name forever. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! . . . Let each generation tell its children of Your mighty acts. I will meditate on Your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles. Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim Your greatness. Everyone will share the story of Your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy of Your righteousness." (Psalm 145:1-7)