Make Vacations Great Again

Song of Songs 7:11 (NIV) – Come, my beloved, let us go to the countryside let us spend the night in the villages.

Planning a good vacation takes a lot of praying and preparing. The earlier you start planning, the better the odds it will be a blessing and not a curse. As a couple, you need to have many discussions about what does and does not work for you on vacation.

Some practical things to consider are whether to bring the kids along. Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t vacation with your kids, you definitely should as it builds great memories and deepens your relationship with them, but sometimes it’s not so relaxing bringing the kids because you’re planning all kinds of things to do with them. Another practical consideration is planning to do only one major thing a day and leaving the remainder of the day for rest and simply hanging out. Limiting screen time during vacation is also important, so you can truly rest and unplug from the day-to-day stresses of life. 

We were not very good at this when we were first married, but thankfully we have gotten much better. We now have wonderful memories as a couple and as a family with our kids going on fun adventures big and small across town and across the globe. We have tens of thousands of fun photos and videos capturing these sacred moments. We have fun reviewing them now and then to remember the fun times and laughs, and then we thank God for His grace with which He has saturated our lives. 

Think about some of your favorite vacation memories and how you can recreate some of those good times on future vacations.

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