Vacation, A Gift of Rest from the Ministry

Ahhh! We have been on vacation for several days now and feeling a littled wired from late night visits and early morning departures but our spirits have been encouraged from our time with family and time to talk to each other.

We are away from church responsibilities which has enabled us to focus on our family responsibilities. We have chosen some family activities, spiritual activities, and encouraging activities. We have chosen to spend the bulk of our time with another ministry family to see their ministry and encourage them, which will probably mean they will be encouraging us.

We are finding that the more stressed we are with church activities the more we need to use our Mondays and vacation time to put aside the stress and take up the relationship with each other and invest in our family. It has meant that some Mondays, my husband’s day off, we do not clean like I would like, but we get out and away even from the house where we homeschool during the week. The times we have gone out, even for a cheap picnic, have left us with happy family memories and helped us train our children in a public setting without the stress of people we know watching.

I encourage you all to take advantage of family vacation time even if it means some monetary sacrifice to enjoy life beyond the church. It does not mean we are setting God to the side or abandoning our call to serve God’s people. Rest is godly because God rested after the work of creating and being busy about His work of Creation.

Vacations that do not involve always going to see relatives are also good for you. You can go do something you have never done or see something again that you enjoy as a family. Make your vacation yours by planning ahead and having fun!

So in summary, get away! It’s good for you and the family! So if you’re feeling obligated to stay and postpone your vacation plans, don’t do it!!!! Go, it will do a body, a spirit, and a family good.