It’s summer and the time for vacations and getaways. But, have you ever noticed that as you prepare to leave, something pops up? It seems like no matter what you do, stress never seems to go away.

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I know someone getting ready to leave for two weeks. Everything appeared to be moving along nicely when a couple of days before they were to leave, her son got hurt. Nothing serious, but enough to be taken to the doctor. A doctor’s visit was definitely not on her to-do list. As if that wasn’t bad enough, someone she knew passed away. She’s also worried about work – that’s one of the problems with owning your own business, if you’re away, you don’t make any money.

It seems like every time you think things are going well, something knocks you off your feet. It doesn’t matter how prepared you are either. That’s how the evil one works. He wants you stressed and upset before you leave so you have a hard time relaxing and enjoying the trip.

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We allow worry to get in the way so all we think about are “what ifs” back home or at the office.

We need to realize in this busy world of ours that we need rest. Even Jesus took a break away from the swarms of people surrounding him. Luke 5:16 lets us know that But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray. If Jesus needed to get away, so do you.

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Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. – John Lubbock

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Life can be stressful with careers, the kids’ activities, and aging parents. We need to take a break or we could wear ourselves out. This is especially true for business owners and stay-at-home moms. When you own a business, there is constant concern over clients and expenses, no matter where you are. And the job of mother is a twenty-four hour/seven day a week career. Moms need a break every once in a while so they don’t drive the kids crazy.

You have God’s permission to rest and get away from work, even if it’s for just a couple of hours. The fewer breaks you give yourself, the easier it is for the evil to get into your mind. And that’s added stress no one needs.

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