Summer time is almost here and then it’s officially vacation time!!! Do you have anything planned for the summer? I do! My family and I have a huge family vacation set up for June to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I can’t wait to get away from daily routines and habits, except for one of course, and rest.
That one thing is connecting with God on a daily basis.
And I know you’re probably going to tell me, but Cynthia, you’ll be on vacation, can’t you give it a break for a little? Quite honestly, I can’t.
At any other given time in my life, I would probably say it’s ok to abandon that intimacy with God a bit while you enjoy paradise, but in the season that I am in right now, I can honestly say that I have actively experienced God in every way, shape and form during prayer and devotional time and putting him aside for two weeks just wouldn’t be okay with me.
You see, God is not a temporary thing we experience. We experience him in our day to day life even when we are not seeking to experience him.
We experience his grace every morning we wake up.
We experience his provision every time we sit down as a family to eat dinner.
We experience his love every time we kiss our kids goodnight.
We experience his forgiveness every time we mess up, both knowingly and unknowingly.
There’s not a moment that goes by without the tangible feeling of God in our lives.
So with the busyness of road trips, airport travel, camping, theme park trips, etc, how can you still make time for genuine connection with God?
4 tips for intentionally keeping God first while on vacation
Wake up before everyone wakes up
I know you guys are probably thinking I’m crazy for even bringing this up on VACATION, lol. But I’m not saying you have to wake up at 5AM like you would on a school day. No, no, no. I think 7AM, or even 7:30AM is a reasonable time to wake up, grab some coffee along with your bible and journal and spend some time prayer.
Read the Bible + pray during your travel day
Whether you are taking a road trip or spending an entire day in airport travel, you can still make time to read the Word. If you don’t have your physical Bible with you (which you should definitely travel with), try YouVersion. This app is super easy to use, has reading plans on lots of different topics, and it’s right on your phone which you always have on you anyway. Read during any down time! Kids sleeping on the plane? Read. Taking a break from driving and enjoying riding shotgun? Read. It might even bring some peace of mind with all the travel day jitters and stress that goes on.
Fill up your hotel room with praise + worship
Even on vacation, we’re listening to music. Especially on vacation. Why not take a a few minutes a day while your enjoying the sun and just worship? Worship during the car ride to your next destination. Raise the volume on the radio and have a quick family praise break in gratitude towards God for giving you the opportunity to vacation safely.
Family devotional over dinner
I find that dinner time is a great time to have family devotionals or discussions about the Bible and God himself. If you already do this over dinner at home, keep it up during vacation. Talk about what you’re grateful to God for during this time away from home. Go over your monthly memory verse. Read a few scriptures after every is done eating and discuss what you read.
See, making time for God during vacation doesn’t need to be complicated. Separate that time for God just like you would separate the time for you and your spouse to have some alone time in paradise. Remember, you need God every day, even when you’re out, soaking up the sun.