Can you believe that summer is here? You know what that means! No school for the kids and it is time for summer vacation! It is time to go make memories with those you love, get some rest and have some fun! As I think about upcoming summer plans, I am reminded of the importance of taking time away from the busyness of this life to rest and refresh.
When God created Eve, he designed her, in part, as a helpmate to Adam.
“Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18
You and I were created to be caregivers and nurturers. As women, we are often more concerned about someone else’s needs instead of our own. God calls us to be servants and to put others before ourselves, but it is important to realize that he also created us as people of limits. We cannot keep going and going.
You and I need time to rest and recharge!
I have found it difficult to rest and recharge while I am at home. As I look around my house, there is always something I could be doing. A closet that needs cleaning out, blinds that need dusting, weeds to pull and the list goes on. I have found great benefit in going away from my normal environment to find the rest and recharging I so desperately need.
Now I know what you’re thinking….there is no way I can get away…I have too much to do. I get it! We have all types of reasons on why we cannot take a vacation and get away. It will cost too much, there is too much to do at home or at work, going away takes too much effort etc. Listen my friend, life is short and too precious to only spend your time working.
Your body, spirit and mind need time to rejuvenate. You need to take a break from all the work. You need rest. You also need time to go have FUN and enjoy the people God has blessed you with.
In Mark 6:31, Jesus says to his disciples after a hard day’s work, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.”
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One thing to remember is that you do not need to spend thousands of dollars for an elaborate vacation destination. Maybe your life circumstances do not allow you to be away for an extended period of time. If so, then plan a weekend getaway with your spouse or a friend. Maybe you enjoy camping and could have a getaway at a campground close by. Instead of visiting a tropical island, maybe visiting a state park is a more reasonable destination for your family. There are many affordable options; you just need to find what works for your family. It does not matter where you go, it matters that you go!
So, have you planned YOUR getaway for the summer? If not, now is the time! Figure out what works best for your family and start planning!
Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of your busy life will refresh your soul. It will help you recharge physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Catch up on your sleep, spend quiet time with God, and make memories with your family and friends!
My family enjoys a getaway to the mountains and to the beach. Comment below on your favorite family getaway.