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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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What does your day, month, or year consist of? The monotonous cycle of work, meal planning, driving kids to activities, paying the bills, staying late at work, exercising, and doing it all over again every single week can take a toll after a while. I have noticed that what keeps me going is knowing that there is an end in sight. It’s always around this time of year that Reuben and I can become like ships passing in the night. We have so much to get done in so little time that sometimes we miss each other, but that red bold word—vacation—on our calendar reminds me that rest is near. Then I’m able to remember to tell myself to hang in there!
Vacation is a time for us to rest and feel refreshed so that we can come back to our everyday life with renewed passion. Luke 5:16 speaks of a time when Jesus withdrew from his day-to-day activities for a purpose—to pray and get refocused on what’s most important. For us, that’s our faith, marriage, and children.
Did you know the first thing God called holy in Genesis 2:3 was the Sabbath? Rest is a holy discipline—something that can breathe fresh air into your relationship with God and your spouse.
Vacation allows you to spend quality time asking those deeper questions with your spouse that you may not think about or have time to ask during the busyness of day-to-day life. Some questions you may ask your husband or wife are, “What are you going through?”, “How can I help you more?”, or, “What are some areas we need to strengthen or improve on in our marriage?” The goal is to draw closer to your spouse, evaluate together, and reprioritize in order to focus on the most important things in your life.
When was the last time you heard your spouse laugh? Or held their hand? While on vacation, make it a point to look into each other’s eyes, hold hands, and romance one another. . . Act like it’s your honeymoon! I love it when we ask people to take a picture of us and they ask if we are newlyweds. Have Fun!
Does every vacation look like this? No. The first time we went on vacation together, I forgot our passports. Other times we got lost and had our luggage stolen. Did we argue? Yes. But our rule is that we have no other choice but to work it out, so we do it quickly.
Planning and taking a vacation isn’t a simple task! Failing to plan is planning to fail. Reuben and I created a vacation bucket list years ago and have enjoyed seeing our dreams become a reality. We start off by praying and thinking through what we would like to do and figure out what is realistic and attainable given our current finances. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances come our way that require us to alter our plans, but don’t let that take you off course. Your rest and relaxation time together is vital. Regardless of distractions and obstacles, we make a yearly effort to find the time and opportunity to reconnect away from our everyday life.
As you think through your summer and consider your vacation options, what is a step you can take? Create a vacation bucket list and even some staycation ideas and then mark your calendar!
Take time to break away and enjoy all of the benefits that come with that decision. I challenge you to do this, in whatever way God enables you to do it. So, do you have any vacation plans? Start planning!