Vacation Time

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As you read this blog today, I am on vacation. Well, sort of. We are traveling north to help our daughter and son-in-law move into their new home. And, it will be a blessing to spend time with them and our grandchildren. So, as summer approaches, I thought this would be an excellent time to look at our faith during vacation times.

Vacation

What happens to our faith when we go on vacation? Do we still go to church, pray, or read our Bibles? I know I let some of my faith life fall by the wayside as I wind down on holidays. And, as COVID restrictions ease and people receive their vaccinations, I think this summer season will take many people away from home for a break. But, will we neglect God so we can enjoy this time off?

Could you imagine what would happen to our world if God took a few days off? Thankfully, God does not abandon us at any point in our lives. On the contrary, he goes with us and protects us even when we forget to include Him in our plans. And, we see how God remains near us in Psalm 137: 7-10 (NIV) below:

“7 Where can I go from your Spirit?

Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;

if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,

if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

your right hand will hold me fast.”

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So, how can we incorporate Jesus into our vacations? First, let’s look at some ideas to help us stay connected.

In Planning the Vacation

Pray for God’s guidance on the plans for the trip. And, ask God for His protection throughout the journey. Also look to Christ for areas of life that need relaxation and refreshment.

Books to Read on Vacation

Many people like to pick up new books for summer reading. But, instead of the usual beach read, why not pick up a faith-based book. There are many excellent Christian fiction writers. So, pick up a fun, light-hearted read that still has Christ at the center of the story. And, these stories will keep us connected to God.

Find God In Nature

Plan to spend time in nature. For example, take a hike, climb a mountain, or swim in the ocean. And, let God speak to you through His creations. Enjoy the bounty He provided for our enjoyment. And praise Him for the gift of time to refresh our souls.

Sharing God In our Interactions

When you go to restaurants or tourist locations, go out of your way to treat the workers with kindness. So, we can shine the light of Christ on all those we encounter. Also, a warm smile and a kind word can open the doors to conversations and new friendships.

Serving God on Vacation

We can use our vacation time in service to others. Additionally, mission trips offer great ways to connect service and vacation. But maybe a whole week of service feels overwhelming, so plan a single day of helping others. And, with a little research we can find many places that accept this kind of short-term help. Or make a special donation in honor of the gifts God provides.

Be Open to God

Vacation offers us a chance to break out of the mundane patterns of life and see God anew. Now, we can hear Him through refreshed ears. God wants to reveal Himself to us and draw us closer to Himself, even on vacation. So, are you open to an encounter with God on your next holiday?

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Next, we will look at some verses to encourage us to enjoy the rest that the Lord provides to us.

1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV); “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV); “Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!”

Ecclesiastes 3:13 (NIV); “Also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.”

Matthew 11:28 (NIV); “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Prayer

Dear Lord,

I pray for safe travel today. I ask that no unexpected mechanical or other issues will occur. Please keep us safe on these busy roads and airways. As the driver, give me the discernment of when to take breaks so that I do not push myself to the limit. Release your angels to surround us and protect us until we reach our final destination. In your name, I pray. Amen.

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Grace and Peace to you,

Yvonne M. Morgan is a Christian #author, #blogger, and #speaker. #BibleGatewayPartner

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14 thoughts on “Vacation Time

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you. Helped our kids move and remodel so now doing some r&r in the mountains of NC.

  1. Ava Pennington – Ava has a heart for God’s Word and God’s people. She’s passionate about encouraging readers and writers. She began writing for publication after a 20+ year corporate executive career in NYC. Her publication credits include articles in numerous magazines as well as short stories in 30+ anthologies. Her one-year devotional, Daily Reflections on the Names of God, is being released by Revell Books this year in a gift book edition, titled Reflections on the Names of God, which includes content from the original devotional. For more information about Ava’s books, speaking, and writers’ services, visit www.AvaPennington.com.
    Ava Pennington

    Such a timely reminder as we plan now for the summer.
    Enjoy your family time as you work together!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Ava.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Jessica.

  2. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    Have a wonderful time on vacation! You shared some wonderful thoughts about the Lord for vacation time! The Lord bless you and keep you on your trip!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melinda.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen.

  3. Such a wonderful post, Yvonne. I’ve often heard people say how we never retire from being a Christian or serving in the body of Christ. But this is just as true, to not take a vacation from God. Thankful He never sleeps or slumbers, but is always on His throne watching over the details of the world and our lives!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Karen.

  4. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    Enjoy your vacation. God bless with restoration and safety!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Nancy

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