In this pandemic season when travel opportunities are limited, there are other good reasons to take a staycation, which is a shorter time away from work with your family. Those benefits include money savings, travel time savings, and convenience related to school year demands, pregnancy, the need to care for aging parents, and work demands.

Here are some ideas for one-day staycations:

  • Plan a day hike.
  • Take a picnic and outdoor games to a local park.
  • Spend a day at a nearby lake.
  • Rent kayaks for lake or river paddling.
  • Fashion an outdoor tea party for the family.
  • Create a front-yard music festival for passersby.
  • Create a back-yard movie theater with a white sheet hung on the side of your house and a projector hooked up to your computer.
  • Take a reading retreat in a quiet spot in the outdoors.
  • Put together a boxed lunch, take a drive out of town, and stop someplace beautiful for a picnic.
  • Create your own family spa complete with facials and mutual back rubs, manicures, and pedicures.
  • Visit a historic site open in your area that you’ve never seen.
  • Watch an online art museum tour, and then create your own masterpieces with your family.
  • Create a family food festival for the back yard—with each family member making a different dish from your family’s heritage.
  • Plan a porch party. Decorate your porch, provide music and refreshments, and dance the night away. Learn to line dance or ballroom dance by watching videos online.
  • Rent a convertible and take the family on a daylong road trip.
  • Camp out in your back yard and cook hotdogs on a stick with s’mores for dessert. Play flashlight tag and other night games.

50 Life Lessons For Grads

Janet McHenry is a national speaker and author of twenty-four books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and her newest, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She and her husband Craig raised their four children in the Sierra Valley of northern California, where he is a rancher. They love to kayak on the beautiful mountain lakes. She’s a member of Christian Authors Network. Connect through her website: https://www.janetmchenry.com.

 

 

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I am a Bo Peep. Yes, I grew up on a Suffolk sheep farm–

Pam Farrel and 4 – H lamb

so Psalm 23 is very personal to this Shepherdess’ heart.

Let’s just glimpse at the first few verses:

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
 he refreshes my soul.

One of the common heart cries of the human race is for greener pastures- a life better, brighter, quieter or calmer. God knows this is dream is on our hearts.

Lie Down in Green Pastures

When I read, “He makes me lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul,” that is exactly the experience of my upbringing.  I would often walk barefoot through the deep, lush, green grass of the pasture, as the sheep serenely grazed. I would take a blanket and a Bible, and lie down and spend quiet hours communing with God.

I might walk over to the creek, and sit on the simple wooden plank that created a bridge, and sit and rest quietly dipping my toes into the cool stream. This was my place of solace and restoration, far away from the chaos my alcoholic, raging, earthly father might be creating in our small farm house.  To this day, resting in an open meadow, or the sound of gently tinkling chimes, remind me of the restorative rest the Good Shepherd can create even in the midst of chaos.

Take a blanket and your bible and find a green pasture, a meadow, a park with a shady tree and

Green pasture quiet time with God

take a short oasis with the Good Shepherd

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— (John 10:14)

Pam Farrel is the author of 45 books, and international speaker who will always be a country girl at heart.

Her most recent book is Discovering Hope in the Psalms: A Creative Bible Study Experieince

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