Stay-cation Summer Devotional

Going on a Stay-cation

Julia Bettencourt

Posted July 7, 2007


Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  Isaiah 26:3

I was listening to the radio in the car with my husband and my son to the "Tech Guy" and he was talking about a lot of people having to take "stay-cations" this year.   In other words, people have to stay home for their vacations because of the economy.

We've already taken our vacation.  We go just less than two hours away and have to be pretty frugal in order to go.

In the past, there's been lots of times we've had our stay-cations.  My husband usually ended up taking the time to do projects around the house or we took his vacation time to do Bible school somewhere.  Most of our vacations in the past were day vacations where we went somewhere fun just for the day because that's about all we could afford.

When I heard the "Tech Guy" mention stay-cations, that verse in Isaiah where it talks about having our minds "stayed" upon the Lord came to my mind.  I was thinking that is prbobably the type of "stay"-cations we need and thought it might be fun to go on one with you.

Hope you are ready to go (or stay)! 



Let's Sit on the Seashore.

I like how Jesus taught from the seashore, sometimes sitting in a boat while the people gathered on shore and listened to him.  I thought going to the seashore on our stay-cation might be fun.

Some people always have to be down front and close, so I imagine there were those who had their feet dipped into the water, while soaking up all the Lord had to say.  I say we get down there close with those people and worm our way in to the good seats.

Find Mark chapter 4 and we'll read that together.

Be sure to listen closely as the breeze catches you and you hear Christ's words crackle in the air.  Hang on every word.  There are lots of really good things in that chapter that you don't want to miss.

I know many times on vacation people travel the world to see beautiful sights and marvel over them.  On our stay-cation, we are going to marvel over our Lord. Look what the disciples said in the last verse of Mark 4.


And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?  Mark 4:41


Let's Relax.

Okay, it's time to sit down and relax.  Maybe in your comfy chair in your home or on your porch or patio.  Just find a place to curl up and relax for a bit.  Think about anything that's been troubling you and give those all over to the Lord.

Feel like you are walking in the darkness and all alone with your worries and frustrations?  The Lord is waiting right there in your comfy place, anxious to take hold of those things for you.

Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.  Isaiah 50:10


Let's Soak up Some Sunshine.

Okay, let's get out in the sun and soak up some rays.  Take your Bible with you because we are going to allow God's Word to penetrate our lives and give us back our healthy glow.  Pick just one verse of Scripture to read and mull over for awhile.

Take a favorite Bible verse you want to reflect on or just look something up in your Bible to read



Let's Enjoy the Company.

One thing I enjoy about vacation is being with my family.  All the chatter on the trip in the backseat between my 11 and 12 year old can get a little above the decibel level that I like but sometimes I just sit and giggle at what they are saying.  Their conversations to me are so funny as only other moms can probably understand.

I love all the time we get to spend on our vacations.  Not just while on our actual vacation but when they are home all summer.  I truly enjoy my kids.

On our stay-cation, we are going to enjoy our Lord.  We are going to take that extra time to spend in prayer each day.  If you don't pray at all every day, then start.

If you already pray, make a little extra time to really communicate with the Lord.  Tell Him what you've been doing. Tell Him your concerns.  Tell Him about your blessings.

Pretend He's an old friend you haven't seen in awhile and catch up.  For some of us, He may be an Old Friend that you haven't spoken to in awhile.  Catch up with the Lord and get to know Him all over again.


Let's Take in the View.

We're going outside to take in the view.  You will need to take a note pad and pen with you.  Your house may be surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, grass and trees, or your backyard view may be like mine, with just an ugly privacy fence.

I do have two huge avocado trees that makes it pretty shady.  As long as you don't stand underneath them and get bonked on the head with a falling avocado.  They launch down like rockets.

No matter what your surroundings, take a look around at your blessings.  Let's count those.  Be sure to write them down in your notebook to glance at later when you are in need of another stay-cation.


Conclusion:

I think we all need a break from time to time, whether we get to take a trip and an actual vacation or not, but finding that relaxation and rest we need every day comes from our Lord.

We need to have our mind "stayed" on the Lord and we'll find that peace we need.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  Isaiah 26:3

So, are you enjoying your stay-cation?


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Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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