There are so many beautiful places to see in the world.  If you planned a summer getaway – where would you go?

Top destination goals are beaches, theme parks, site seeing, family reunions, music festivals, and just discovering new places. On average, a family of four will spend $4,000 for a vacation getaway.  The median per person amount that Northeasterners will spend is $1,500.

However, 49% of Americans have no summer vacation travel plans. The #1 reason – cost.  Unemployment is low, but many are still living paycheck to paycheck.  51% will use some – but not all of their annual vacation time. And, yet others who feel overwhelmed by their workload will leave the majority of their vacation days on the table.  Bad idea.

The concept of rest is Biblical. It’s a time of restoration.  Jesus did not take a vacation from His ministry, but He did take times of refreshing and also ensured that His disciples had the same. At a time when “so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat,” Jesus says to His disciples, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31).

Whether traveling domestically, abroad or taking the opportunity to discover a beautiful place that is close to home – relax.  Rest, get refreshed and be restored.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.” Genesis 2:2 NIV



In all you do…B. Lifted!

Gwen Franklin