Vacation Hangry

We’ve all had a case of hangry during vacations. Routines get disrupted, no one can agree on where or what to eat, and a case of hangry breaks out. We learn to carry snacks and plan ahead more, because nothing ruins a good time more than a car full of hangry people.

How to avoid becoming heavenly hangry during vacation. #vacation #hangryBut have you ever considered what happens when you skip your spiritual routines while on vacation? At home, I love spending a quiet hour studying my Bible, reflecting, praying, and journaling. I have a home office with a comfy rocker and a side table, and I retreat there each morning before anyone else wakes up.

At this stage of life, I know myself well enough to know that when I miss this time alone with God, I’m not a pretty person. I get flustered, distracted, snappy, and grumpy. And because I don’t like myself when I act that way, I get even more flustered, distracted, snappy, and grumpy. I liken it to a case of heavenly hangry.

Part of my need for solitude with God arises from my introverted personality. I need to recharge before spending time with others. Time with my best friend provides the charge that I need to face whatever might arise. Combine my introvert tendencies with the reality of most family vacations, and I realize a disaster lurks if I don’t maintain my routine. Vacation, after all, usually means large doses of family in cramped quarters for long periods of time.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my family and I love spending time with them, but I also need time alone to recharge! I’ve found five simple tips to helping me maintain my spiritual routine during my vacation.

Tips for Avoiding a Case of Heavenly Hangry

1. Plan ahead. I know it sounds simple, but two years ago when we took our first vacation to Alaska, I resolved to keep up my daily time with God. By envisioning myself spending sweet time alone with God, I found it easier to actually stick to my routine.

2. Keep it simple. Vacationing people have to minimize on stuff during vacation. That meant that I left my bulky Bible and giant collection of highlighters and colored pencils at home. I used the YouVersion Bible app and the verse of the day as the basis for my devotions.

3. Redefine ‘quiet.’ I get up earlier than everyone else and find a quiet place for my devotions. I have to redefine ‘quiet,’ though. Starbucks is quiet if no one knows me. A hotel lobby or even my car will suffice.

4. Develop a routine. I purchased a simple journal and came up with the ‘vacation devotion’ format. I write in the place and date at the top of the page, and then list 5-10 things for which I am grateful. Next, I copy down the verse of the day, and spend time contemplating and writing about how it applies to my life that day. I finish by praying (for me, that looks like writing) for specific events, people, and situations.

5. Keep a sense of wonder and worship. Because we tend to vacation in wild and beautiful places, I maintain a sense of awe and wonder throughout the day. Glaciers, grizzlies, minute wildflowers, thundering waterfalls, and towering mountains remind me of my Creator throughout the day as I drive and hike.

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Here are some of the wonders I’ve seen this week (in addition to the bears in the graphics)!

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What routines and habits have you found helpful when you vacation?

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