Monday, June 13, 2011

Seek God First on Vacation...

Today's post is being brought to you by my hubby, the guy who makes me smile!

Summer time is in full swing.  (Pun intended with baseball season) As we move into summer we all have some different routines. We spend a lot more time outside and most of us try to take vacations.  Some trips are lengthy with many miles, sights, and places. Whether it is a long journey or an extended weekend let me encourage you to seek God first.  How?  Here are three things I suggest.
1)      Read a devotional together.  Get a daily bread or a daily devotional that you can read individually or as a family. Read and discuss it each day of your vacation.  Renew your mind with a fresh read from devotional.  Keep it simple.
2)      Go to a different Church. I know the temptation is to ‘take a week off.’  As a family we like to visit a different church.  You can find services on Saturday night or Sunday morning.  Make it an adventure. Try something different that you think you might all appreciate and enjoy.
3)      Read – if you are traveling, camping or relaxing bring along your Bible or that book you have been wanting to read.  Renew your mind by taking the time in the car, hotel room or at the campsite to read. 
So whether it is a couple of days or a couple of weeks, slow down, relax and enjoy your relationship with God and your relationships with others.   Not only will you appreciate your family, your church and your friends, you just might renew your relationship with God.  If you are traveling to a scenic location take time to appreciate the beauty of God’s Creation.  Now that would be a great vacation!

If you try one of these let me know.   I’d be glad to hear what you try and how it works for you.

Brian (Husband of the Ponderer)


  1. Hey, I just came across your blog by doing a bit of blog-surfing and I'm glad I did! I've added myself as your newest follower, and I hope you'll check out my Christian devotional site as well.

    Have a blessed day!

    In Christ,
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  2. Brenda (and Brian),
    The timing is perfect!! Here is what we have done so far: On our drive to Dallas, we watched a video from the church on our DVD player---don't worry, it was just a speaker so nothing to watch; we read out of our daily devotional Jesus Calling (which I highly recommend to anyone), we read through the I AM list of who we are in Christ from Victory Over the Darkness; and daily I am working through My Partner Prayer Notebook by Becky Tirabassi. Thanks for your blog (and your help yesterday)

  3. Great tips! We read "Forward Day By Day" every night at bedtime, and when I forgot to bring it on last summer's trip, my son was so distraught that we had to stop by the nearest Episcopal church next day and buy one. :-)

    I love architecture, so I try to visit a church or cathedral on every trip partly to look at the building, but I also make time for some prayer.


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