The Lord taught me at this time last year the importance of having a somewhat regular family vacation. Last April, Lynne, Joy & I took a trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. It was an amazing 6-day trip for just the 3 of us to enjoy time together.
This month we took another trip for our month-long winter vacation, this time traveling for 15 days total, with the last 10 days being in sunny Sanya, China. It was terrific to leave our cold February NW China climate to go to the tropical south for a spell. Lynne, Joy & I again had a wonderful time together as a family, & it was incredibly refreshing. It was fun to swim in the ocean together & play on the beach. Also there’s something about on occasion just leaving the city & getting some time to step back & rest from the Work in the city, to help freshen the spirit.
At least an annual trip like this can be very helpful for a family.
It can be better to save a specific trip that is not to go visit family or friends, but to just have our small family together for a time, with no other obligations or meetings.
I praise the Lord for teaching me these things!
I want to give thanks to the Lord for blessing our family immensely in the last year. It was nearly exactly a year ago [02/01/14] that multiple things were tugging at my heart about Family. So on that day I fasted & prayed for Family, particularly how I could spiritually lead Lynne & Joy.
Very near that time [01/30/14] the Lord’s mercy was on us to finally begin nightly Family Worship. A couple weeks later [02/15/14] we had our first of many Family Days. I stopped all studying on Saturdays, & eventually on Sundays. Saturday was devoted to Family. No schoolwork, Skyping, emailing or other work. Just family time. That adjustment has been a huge blessing for us.
Soon enough I also started not studying on weeknights too. After Family Worship, I’d help Lynne put Joy to sleep. Lynne & I also again started having nightly 10-15 minutes of prayer time together right before bed. We also got on the same Bible reading plan. The Lord has sustained us in these things over the last year. Huge PTL! Because in Joy’s first 1.5 years, we didn’t do any of the above with any regularity.
Prayer of thanks to God: “When you have eaten & are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you” [Dt. 8:10]
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord. I will remember your miracles from long ago. I will meditate on all your works & consider all your mighty deeds” (Ps. 77:10-12)