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“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

This verse was one of the first ones I read this morning in my daily Bible reading.  It is one of those verses we read or hear often.  It can so easily be glossed over.
This morning it caught my eye and became my prayer.  We’re on a cruise for my husband’s 50th birthday which is at the end of the week.  It’s the first vacation we’ve taken this year.
More than a vacation, I needed a praycation!
What is a praycation?  It is a word I made up to describe time with God away from the normal hustle and bustle of life.  Time to re-evaluate where you’ve been and where you are headed.  Time to renew your mind so you can test and approve what God’s will is for your life…His good, pleasing and perfect will.
I’m finding the hardest part of this praycation is shutting down.  It’s difficult for me to not have the “next thing” to get too.  I’m finding being on a ship in the middle of the Atlantic is really what it takes to shut me down.  There is no where to go.  There is nothing to do.  There is only time to pass.
I think the first step in renewing my mind is shutting it down.  As I gaze out at the big, beautiful ocean, I’m starting to feel the reboot start.  It makes me aware how our lives, our problems, our worries are just a drop in the ocean.  It’s helping me place myself back into the hands of my Maker.
That’s what I said to my husband last night as we left port, “We’re in God’s hands now.”  The moment after the words left my lips I realized, we always are.  He is with us always.  We’re not alone.  It’s us who forget, not Him.
 
 

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