As an organizer, I do love to pack for trips. It’s such an exciting, anticipatory time! Before each family vacation or trip, I try to:
However, this is how I usually pack for a family vacation:
So, in other words, I’m great at Steps 1 and 2, then I blow Step 3. Have you done this?
As with any organizing, vacation preparation can go too far when it clutters our spirit. Once we’ve done our part, we need to let God do His part.
When we’re preparing for a trip, large or small, it’s wonderful to be organized—and then to give it to God. Here’s how to prepare for your next trip:
STEP 1: Write a big packing list that includes everything that pops into your mind. This isn’t always an organized list, but it does quiet your spirit to get it all out!
STEP 2: Then, sit quietly and think through the actual trip:
STEP 3: Ask for God’s blessing on the trip—in fact, you can do this before, during, and after the list-writing. He wants to bless us!
STEP 4: Finally, intentionally surrender your trip to God. To help you remember your attitude of surrender, write a note on your calendar for the day you’ll leave. Your note might say something like this: “You’ve done your best to plan and prepare. Now relax and soak in God’s blessings!”
You can do this for any trip—a vacation, a day trip, even a trip to the zoo. Plan and prepare, but then let go and let God!
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