You Need a Vacation, and Here’s Why

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Vacation! Trout Lake just south of Telluride, Colorado

What does vacation mean to you?  Is it the chance to recharge your batteries? Is it visiting family? Is it going somewhere like the beach, mountains, fun parks, exotic places, a cruise, national parks, national monuments, museums, resorts, and camping. Or is it just simply not having to cook for a week? Your destination isn’t important. But, what is important is to get away, take time to relax, and rejuvenate your spirit.

Over the years my family has had vacations at all of the above places, but what my children remember most is being together and enjoying our time as a family. It’s nice to have a different routine or to slow down. Jesus even needed time to get away. He would retreat to the garden to reflect, pray, and have alone time. On time he crossed the lake to get away from crowds so he could morn the lost of a friend. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is, “Be still and know that I am God,” Psalms 46:10.

Try vacating your routine, get away, and spend time with God. Nature is a great way to see God at work. Our family recently went to Colorado and in one week we witnessed beautiful flowers, the sunrise, sunsets, majestic mountains, waterfalls, canyons, rivers, forests (Aspen trees are my favorite), a double rainbow, wildlife (we even saw two bears),  and a wonderful full moon.Double rainbow - taken north of Durango, Colorado

Even if you can’t get away be sure and enjoy life while it is going on around you. Georgia O’Keeffe said, “Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time.” Stop and really see don’t just look.

Where is your favorite vacation spot to stop and really see?

Stop and Smell the Flowers

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Spring is here! You can tell by the trees, flowers, and the people outside. Or maybe your allergies inform you. You just can’t miss spring and the evidence of it.  Sadly some still miss it. They don’t pause their lives long enough to really smell the flowers and look at the beauty they hold. We do that in our lives too. We see our husband or children but, sometimes we don’t really SEE them or listen to them. Have you sat down and looked into their eyes and listened to them without interrupting? One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 46:10, 

   “Be still, and know that I am God.”  

 When we stop to smell the flowers, who knows maybe a butterfly will fly by and say, “Thanks for noticing God’s creation.”

Photo by Mary Keck

Tulips in bloom