Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Joy in Vacation!

"Why chase Joy"

This was the title of my morning bible study.
"It is the duty of a Christian to be as happy as
he can".  C.S. Lewis

So many of us find that we get so involved in our
daily activities that we tend to loose focus of 
our purpose or loose the "Joy" in what we are 
doing in our lives. These are those times that
we need to get away to a "happy place" where 
we can find quiet and peace. To refocus and get 
back to where we can truly enjoy our lives.

 That is what we did!
 We found our place where we could rest and leave the things behind, if for only a few days, that would hinder our "joy".

The peaceful sounds of the ocean waves, I find

 The sounds of birds singing! They fly to and from their nest happily, not worrying or burdened with cares .

 Each sunrise and sunset, we find that each new day is given to us by a loving God, that longs to give us that peace that can only be found in Him.

 A quiet place where our hearts can find fellowship with Him!

 "...try to be quiet, and do your own business..."
1 Thessalonians 4:11
Put aside the daily cares of life and concerns that can weigh us down.

 When we find that 'place,' then we can begin to have joy and peace within and we're able to share our joy with others.

"And in the morning, rising up early, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed." Mark 1:35

I love nature, there's so much we can learn from it. The beauty of God's creation, the love given to us to embrace and enjoy.

The fellowship of family is always a blessings and brings joy!
On this Spring break vacation two of our daughters, three of our grandchildren and one of our son-in-laws, joined us. One son-in-law was in Honduras on a mission trip building a church.  The others in our family was either in school or working.

 The place where we were staying was less than an hour drive to Panama City Beach,Florida. One day we drove over and enjoyed the mall there.
Most of all I just loved and enjoyed staying in this 
quiet town by the beach away from the noise of a big city, where it isn't filled with high rise condo's and stores.

Yes, an en'joy'able time was had by all and at the end of the day and trip we weren't ready to leave.

If only my granddaughter 'could' hold up the sun and not let it go down on our vacation, how wonderful that would be!

To have one more day to relax, en'joy'  the sun and sounds of the birds happily flying by and the call of 
the ocean waves. To sit in the swing where I was often found en'joy'ing the others playing in the water, and fellowship with others staying at the Inn.

Yes, Madi, there will be other days of  'joy'ful moments together!


  But for now we most go back to 'normal' everyday life and remember these times of "Joy"!

Have a Blessed and Enjoyable Day!

Joining Stephanie:  Roses of Inspirations
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  1. Dearest Sylvia...it looks as if you and your dear family had a very special and en'joy'able time together, soaking of the beauty so lovingly created by the Lord God!
    I love how you said... "Each sunrise and sunset, we find that each new day is given to us by a loving God, that longs to give us that peace that can only be found in Him..." That was so beautiful and true!
    Blessings and much love in the One and Only Christ Jesus!

  2. What a lovely place you chose to unwind and recoup from daily pressures. The photos are so pretty.
    Thank you for sharing them. Have a wonderful day!

  3. I agree that we all need time away from all the stress of everyday life. You chose a beautiful place.

  4. What a gorgeous place for a vaca and your photos are breathtaking! I visited Destin just about a month a ago....love the ocean! We only live about 3 hours away from our beach here in NC but I still don't get there nearly as often as I like. There is no place where I sense the greatness of our Creator more than when I am at the seashore!

  5. What a wonderful setting to relax and contemplate what God has done for us and all of his blessings to us! This is beautiful. Isn't it refreshing to have that time away.

  6. P.S. I'm your newest follower on GFC. :-)

  7. Panama City Beach is beautiful. I love the Panhandle beaches. Thank you for sharing your photos. I love the peace that I feel at the beach. I'm glad you had that time away.

  8. Hi Sylvia, what a beautiful post and so very true how some time away can lift the spirits and recharge the soul. Loved your photos and the fun you had on your lovely vacation. God Blessed you with a special memory to carry with you going back home. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed day.
    Hugs, CM

  9. What an absolutely perfect place to enjoy God's creation, get peace, relax and get away from the busy pace of our everyday life. Thank you so much for the pictures....I felt like I was there too. And being with some family was an added benefit. God bless.

  10. A lovely lovely post Sylvia! It was a blessing to my soul and a joy to read!
    A vacation is a blessing and it looks idyllic!

  11. What a wonderful, wonderful post, Sylvia! I just love all your sweet pictures. Family vacations are just the best--I, too, hate to see them end. Did you say the actual place where you went? The town, I mean?

    Thanks for popping over and voting for a playhouse, too---your vote has been counted! xo Diana

  12. Oh this was so delightful! I feel as though I were right there with you. What a beautiful place! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I feel honored and blessed, and it's like having a little mini vacation right here at my desk at work this afternoon before I head home for the day. Ahhhh! Refreshing! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Sylvia, what gorgeous pictures and encouragement! Thank you for sharing with us. Love your attitude and I'm your newest follower!

  14. Awww... what a peaceful vacation you had, dear Sylvia. I really, really enjoyed viewing your photos! Those sunsets, wow! I love the one of your granddaughter holding up the sun. :)
    Vacations do us good, don't they?
    Enjoy being back home.

    Blessings, Debbie

  15. It sounds like you had a wonderful joy filled break with the family.


  16. My sweet friend, your words and images were such a refreshment to my soul. The last week has been so busy and hectic that your post is just what I needed :)

    I am so glad you had a nice time away - what a blessed time for you. And the photo of you and your husband is simply precious! Thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration - I am always thrilled to have you at the party. Hugs!

  17. Everybody needs their own space. You two did it very well.

  18. I am blessed to have found your blog this week. Joyfully I go ahead and click on other blogs to see what they posted. You and your husband are having a wonderful life together!
    JM, IL

  19. Lovely image of your granddaughter holding up the sun


  20. Oh Sylvia, I am so happy that you had such a joyful vacation time! All your photos were wonderful, but my favorite was your granddaughter "holding up" the sun!

  21. Welcome back, Sylvia! So glad to see that you and your family had a wonderful vacation.

  22. Wow! The place looks wonderful. It does seem peaceful in there – a great place to relax and divert your attention to nothing but realizations. It seems to me that you did find a place for joy. Anyway, thanks for sharing this post with us, Sylvia. All the best!

    Garrett Newman @ Branson Regal


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