If you are visiting from today’s Proverbs 31 Devotion “Avoiding a Spiritual Stumble”, then welcome! On my bloggy home here, we are in the middle of a Summer Survival series, and today’s post ties right in with the message I shared in today’s P31 devotion.
When life is busy, it’s easy to stumble in our faith as responsibilities, pressures and problems tug at our hearts from every direction. These things cause us to get off track just like the devotion story I shared about my daughter getting distracted on the treadmill.
When we realize we are distracted and not making God a priority every day, there are steps we can take to get back on the right spiritual track in our daily life. And with respect to this week’s focus on vacation, the distractions of time away from our normal routines can make distractions get even worse! Sometimes while on vacation, although we have a great time, we forget to stay on track with our faith walk and may never think about intentionally taking God with us.
The responsibility of packing usually always falls into the lap of the woman. We have to make sure everyone has everything they need, while also packing for the unexpected. Yet sometimes we can pack every single thing we need for vacation – except God.
Although we may be going on vacation, we never want to take a vacation from God. But I have to confess, I have done so on more than one occasion. Some vacations are schedule free and relaxing, while others are filled to the brim with activities and schedules. In either case, we have to deliberately commit to spend time with God and make Him a part of our week.
We can’t pack God in our suitcase, but there are some things we can do to make sure that we feel His Presence with us everyday. Even when we are home from vacation and deep into our regular busy life, it’s important to focus on avoiding distractions so we can avoid spiritual stumbles: Below are 5 tips (plus one bonus!) for staying on track with Christ, on vacation and every day:
* Intentionally pray for your family and your travels before you leave. Pray for your vacation to be a time where you draw closer to God and each other. When vacation is over, continue to pray for your family daily.
* Pack your Bible and a journal. I love to read books when I’m lounging at the pool or the beach and usually pack several new novels or non-fiction books to take with me on vacation. But it’s even more important to pack my Bible, and make sure I read it first each day. Keep a journal of all the ways God speaks to you on vacation and during your quiet time. Packing a story Bible to read to the kids before bed each night. And consider keeping a bible in your purse, or downloading it on your phone, Ipad or Kindle so that God’s Word can be with you everywhere you go.
* Look for examples of God’ goodness and beauty during your travels and point them out to your family. Help your family remember God while away by remaining aware of His creations and blessings and always giving Him the credit. Sometimes we overlook the beauty that we see ever day, so make a personal commitment to stay aware of your surroundings. Occasionally talk with your family about how God is blessing you that week while you are away, and keep it up when you return home.
* Check out local places of worship at your vacation destination. For example, the beach we frequently go to has a worship service on the beach every Sunday morning during the summer. I always feel blessed and inspired if I make a point to attend service, much moreso than if I had just slept in late that day because I was on vacation.
* Be aware of opportunities to share the love of Jesus with others. If you strike up a conversation with a waitress or hotel clerk and God opens a door to share, be ready and willing to do so. Ask God to help you always stay aware of opportunities to share.
* Say a blessing or pray before each meal, just as you would at home.
These are just a few thoughts to consider, but there are many other ways to incorporate God into your time away. Vacation time is one of the few times where we aren’t pressured by work, deadlines, and business and have time to really commune with God. It’s the only time we can actually check out from real life, but we don’t want to check out spiritually.
Thanks to Speaker and Author Cheri Gregory, I have a special bonus giveaway this week!
One great way to take God on vacation with you is to tuck scripture into your purse and Cheri has the perfect way to do that. Cheri has created 31 beautiful laminated scripture cards which can help you stay in God’s Word every day, on vacation and at home.
There are 31 cards in each pretty packet — one for every day of the month. They include 12 of Cheri’s favorite verses about who God says we are, and 19 go-to verses for helping with our attitudes.
Cheri is donating two sets of these, so two winners will be randomly chosen!
To enter to win, leave a comment sharing how you stay spiritually connected to God while away from home.
Winner announced on Monday, July 29th.
You can also visit Cheri’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cheri.gregory.author Anyone who “Likes” the page will receive a copy of Cheri’s free 50+ page eBook “10 Priceless Gifts that Don’t Cost a Dime for Each PURSE-onality!”
The winner of Wednesday’s giveaway from Bath & Body works is: April who commented on July 24, 2013 at 10:08 am
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