I love the change of pace that summer brings. Routine and structure suddenly gives way to flexibility and relaxation.
The pinnacle of this change of pace for me comes with the most anticipated stretch of time of the season….vacation.
Vacation is a time of rest, rejuvenation, adventure, and exploration. We leave behind the scenery of home for a backdrop that stimulates the senses with something new. Whether you like it to be quiet & restful, or adventurous & exciting, vacation is always a chance to trade in the monotony of everyday life for something different.
I love a break in pattern or routine. For me, it is exciting. And I think that changing the way we worship while on vacation is a great way to awaken our passion for Christ. For us, and for our kids. It takes the routine out of the equation and helps praise and thanksgiving really flow from the heart.
Here are 5 ways that you can incorporate worship into your time away from home:
1. Talk about Elohim, our God the Creator. As your family looks across a new landscape, discuss our great and glorious God that has created it all. From the change in skyline to the array of creatures that inhabit the earth- Elohim has made each one.
2. Do a family bible study or quiet time at sunrise or sunset. Taking this time in a different setting may make it exciting and new.
3. Pray for the community that you are visiting. Pray as a family that the town experiences an out-pour of new believers seeking to follow Jesus with everything they have. (I truly believe that one of the best things that we can do for our kids’ faith is to let them see us pray with the power and authority of Jesus Christ in expectation of big things.)
4. Do a little research and find a church nearby. Vacation can be a great opportunity to listen to a speaker that may share from a different perspective. There are some great churches across the nation and abroad sharing Truth in a powerful way.
5. Use your time in the car (or plane, bus, or ship) to sing praises to God as a family. Talk to each other. Read together.
As we break the patterns of life at home to rejuvenate in a new surrounding, I pray that God will also breathe new life into our time with Him.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. (Psalm 86:12)