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See the World – Change the World

See the World – Change the World

There’s got to be a better way. It’s become common to hand the kids a digital device or put in a movie when hitting the road for a family vacation. But how can we seize the opportunity to bond with God, one another, and change the world? Let’s pray!

  • Purchase a notebook to post conversations, activities, and prayers.
  • While family members compete in identifying tags from other states, log them into the notebook and discuss how to pray for the people living in or visiting that state. Have they experienced a tragedy? Drought? Flood? Pray for their families, government, farmers, industries…
  • Have a Bible “sword drill” by looking up the numbers on car tags. For example, the tag from our rental car had the number “119”. We always love reading Psalm 119.

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  • We cannot hide every objectionable billboard or t-shirt, but we can discuss prayerful responses with our family. It also presents an opportunity to discuss the fruit of personal choices. Do they really want similar heartaches as some of the movie stars or musicians announcing an appearance on a theater marquee?
  • When eating out, discuss prayer inspirations. Pray for everyone in the restaurant or dining anywhere throughout the world in that particular restaurant chain. For example,

May all taste and see that the Lord is good.

May our food be to do Your Will, O God.

  • When crossing state lines, we stop at the first rest area to read the Bible aloud. God’s Word will never return void, and so we deposit His presence there.

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  • If planning a trip to the mountains, spend some drive time memorizing Psalm 121,

“I lift my eyes toward the mountains.

Where will my help come from?”

  • If the beach is your destination, memorize and discuss Psalm 139, “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand.” We collect sand in tiny bottles to later share with friends when they need encouragement.

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  • If making S’mores by a campfire, we may be reminded to pray,

Let Your Word be in our hearts like a fire

shut up in our bones so that no matter what our circumstances,

we will declare Your Truth boldly and faithfully (Jer. 20:9).

  • Aquariums are wonderful places to discuss the astounding creativity of God. We also pray that everyone who ever visits that attraction will long to be Christ-following fishers of men.

I’d love to hear your ideas and experiences. How does your family connect with God while on vacation?

By : Connie Norris

Connie’s passion is to mobilize women to pray. Please visit her at her website, My Home, a House of Prayer for All Nations www.myhomeahouseofprayerforallnations.com or connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/conniepn.

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