I’m currently with my family on a vacation, enjoying some downtime. I find that I can chose how restful this vacation is or I can be stressed out about how much work I’m missing, checking my emails all the time, writing blogs, etc. Vacate means to leave the premise or to check out.
I think it’s good for all of us to occasionally leave the premise & check out for our own mental health, for the purpose of enjoying family & to give God the opportunity to engage with us with less competition for our attention. Celebrate the opportunities that God gives us for vacations, rest & pause 🙂
We’ve taken a few days of vacation with Thanksgiving & it’s super great to have some fun family time 🙂
Last night I was putting my son to bed & the lights were out so I couldn’t see very well. As we finished praying, I went to straighten out the blanket & saw what I thought was a toy, with like a handle. When I went to pick it up, to move it off the bed, I flashed it through a small strip of light & it was a dead, dried up mouse!!! I of course jumped & semi-freaked out because I wasn’t expecting to find nor fish out a dried mouse from my son’s bed!! My son wanted to know what was wrong w me, but I’m waiting until we are done w our vacation to update him on his disappointed sleeping friend ,)
Do you ever remember going to an amusement park & getting on a ride that looked really amazing, only to wish you could get off, halfway through the ride because it was too intense? I even remember saying, “how do you make this thing stop?”
Sometimes, life needs a pause button – it can get super intense. For me, life has been pretty intense of late (back to school prep, work deadlines, etc) & I’m interested in finding that pause button. So here are some things I’ve found to be helpful (feel free to add more ideas that have helped you):
family meals – get in a few during the week & put your phones on silent: genuine conversations as a family can be very therapeutic
instead of looking at time in 1 day increments, consider looking at time in 1 week or 1 month increments – giving demands & deadlines more working space than the daily crisis mode
take a walk in the evening – did this a few nights ago & it was extremely helpful [minus the mosquitos ,) ]
God time – don’t shortchange what fuels your heart, otherwise life can go south before you know what’s happening
good diet & exercise routines – in crunch times, food & exercise can often be the 1st to get scraped; keep these routines as they can provide some good anchors to weather various storms & seasons
Last week, our family took spring break & we went skiing & snowboarding for the week. Its really nice when you can take advantage of what’s local for vacations! While on vacation, I had some really spectacular God times – seriously. Riding the lift, while observing God’s beauty & extravagance was more than captivating. I sensed God whispering to me & surrounding me w His immensity – while still experiencing His ever deeping love.
This was an interesting experience for me because previous vacations haven’t had as much God intertwined in them. Consequently, I’ve observed that my transition back into “regular” life, so far, seems to be much smoother & the continuity of being close w God through the vacation has only seemed to deepen my time w Him this morning. I know that Monday morning will bring all of the challenges for Mondays, but somehow I feel less daunted to face Monday than I normally do – especially after a vacation.
I pray that God would help you & me keep our eyes on Him, in vacation season, tax season, past Easter, in peak stress times, in chilled out moments & everything in between.
P.S. I did an accidental flip on my snowboard, landed on my head & got up laughing! Too much fun for a someone my age! 😉