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.

Dust If You Must!

Summer is crazy sometimes more than the regular months of the year. We should always be using our days off to sit down and unwind and take the opportunity to actually look at our spouse and kids in the face and share some special conversations and time with them. I saw the poem on another blog about a month ago and wanted to share it with you all.

Dust If You Must

Dust if you must.
But wouldn’t it be better,
To paint a picture, or write a letter,
Bake a cake, or plant a seed?
Ponder the difference between want and need.

Dust if you must.
But there is not much time
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
Music to hear, and books to read,
Friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must.
But the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes,
the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come round again.

Dust if you must.
But bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go, and go you must,
You, yourself, will make more dust.

– – – written by Mrs. Rose Milligan

Make plans to rest and put aside even the work of the ministry sometimes so that you can enjoy the world and people God placed in your lives. Stop and smell the roses, stop and read your Bible a little bit longer than usual, stop and make that phone call you’ve been putting off. Then you can get back to dusting, ministry, and the busy things!