My mother and Gary are generously treating Brett and I, Gary’s daughter Camille, and her two children, to a vacation in Parke County Indiana for the Covered Bridge Festival. Camille’s husband, Dave, is a firefighter and will be on duty, so, unfortunately, he can’t join us.
We are all very excited about going, but having vacationed together before (sans Camille and the kids) I am trying to pray in advance so our vacation will go smoothly and be God-honoring.
As I was praying this morning, I realized my prayer might have sounded a little strange, even a little comical, but I know God listens. He understands me and knows my heart. The prayer put a smile on my face, and I hope it will on yours, too. It’s all good-natured, and every bit is true. We’d appreciate your prayers, as well.
Please help Brett come home in a good mood on Wednesday night so we can tackle vacation food shopping, packing, and bunny cage clean-up. Help Brett wake up early enough to get ready to leave at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. Please help Mom not to strangle Brett when he is STILL not even UP at 10:00 a.m.
Help Brett not to drive too fast or Gary to drive too slowly. Please don’t let Mom and Brett ever be in the same car, at least not when I am also in the same car (that's an old family joke, Lord, but still...). Please help Camille’s kids to have a good time traveling and not keep asking if we are “there” yet.
Help the cabin to be spider-free and the bedroom assignments to be to everyone’s liking. Help Brett not to have the TV on too much as to annoy Mom who would rather not have the TV on at all.
Help me not to covet things when I walk through all those great craft fairs when I know I don’t have the money to buy anything. Help us to spend the vacation money we DO have responsibly.
Help Brett not to sleep the days away when the rest of us want to go out. Help the kids to have a good time and not be moody. Help Camille to not miss Dave too much, and me to not miss work too much. Help us all to get along and enjoy our time together.
Help us not to bug, annoy, or "accidentally" kill each other.
Most of all - help us to be ourselves, considerate of others, and have a memory-making vacation we can fondly remember for years to come.