Merriam-Webster defines vacation as a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation. I define it as a time to get away from my normal daily grind. It’s a time to do something different. A time to allow our brains and bodies to relax and be stress-free. The problem with this is that most of us plan vacations just as busy if not more that our normal days. Whether you plan a serene beach getaway or head to an action-packed Disney destination, the one thing that should remain consistent is your daily dates with the Divine. Don’t stop having your dates just because you won’t be at your special spot. You may have to be a bit creative and your dates may look a little different, but they are still just as powerful.
Our family recently went on a Disney cruise and the struggle was real to find space and time for my daily Divine dates. An interior stateroom with four people meant the room was not an option. A balcony room would have made for a more ideal setting but we rarely get those due to cost and lack of use. The inability to find quiet space was exacerbated by the fact that there was no chapel or library on board. I did manage to find a space on deck 4 and I have some video and pics posted below.
Some things to consider when it comes to maintaining your daily Divine date schedule if you are planning to take a cruise vacation are:
- Cabin type – If you can afford the balcony stateroom, go for it. But also check out online videos of the balcony to ensure it is giving you the privacy you want.
- Deck plans – Research the deck plans to see if there is a chapel or library that may accommodate your needs.
- Stateroom bathroom – In a pinch it will work. It will be tight, but it is doable.
- Lounges – Sometimes the lounges are left open and you can go early in the morning when no on else is around.
- Outside decks – Check to see if there is a running deck or go up to the very top deck. It may be windy up top so be careful if you have a book and/or journal with you.
- Ask God – Ask God to reveal to you where He wants you to meet Him.
Stay tuned to this page as I will also be sharing some insights on my travels with kids with special needs. Both my kids are autistic and travel and new places can be difficult for them. I will share my lessons learned with you in a later post.