When I travel, everything is more difficult. It’s harder to eat healthier, it’s harder to stay active, it’s harder to find time for rest (at least when I travel!!!), and it’s really hard to stay in the word! Traveling depletes me and lifts me up all in the same breath. It drains me, yet I get so energized as I explore new cities, new streets, and new restaurants.
The most difficult thing when traveling for me, though, is pursuing my faith.
It is just so incredibly difficult for me! I could make excuses upon excuses (couldn’t we all?), but I know that I just neglect this vital area of my life when traveling.
I think that because we are always so go go go that I don’t make time to sit down, pick up my Bible, and just spend time with Jesus. Heck, I barely have time to even pray and talk to Him. Not to mention, I made the mistake of not bringing my Bible… I figured that I wouldn’t have room for a book bulky book and I would just resort to my Bible app on my iPad.
Little did I know that leaving that big bulky book would be a big big mistake.
While I was in Europe this past summer, I’m sure you know that I had a marvelous time as I went to 7 countries and countless cities. You also may know that I spent a lot of time blogging, and of the remaining time, I spent that time worrying, burning myself out, and I ultimately let blogging take over my life.
I let the blog take the place of Jesus since I wasn’t exercising my faith. I wasn’t making time for Jesus, instead, I was making time for blogging, staying up until 1 or 2 AM to finish a blog post or edit the most recent pictures.
Sounds kind of messed up, huh?
What I’ve noticed in my life is that I go through phases. I go through up and downs with my faith, where I am either really strong in my faith, spending time daily with Him, or I have a dry spell where I go weeks without even picking up my Bible. It’s something I’m trying to work on because I know that those times when my faith is strong, life is just better. Can you relate at all?
As I said in my Whole30 post, I am an “all or nothing” girl. I am either all in, or I want nothing to do with it.
I think that sometimes, this fault of mine seeps into my faith.
Moving forward, I know that I need to be consistent with God and I know that I need to be consistent in praying and being in the word. Being in the word is so crucially important and I forget this all too often.
Here are some of my resolutions on how to stay in the word while traveling. I am going to try my hardest to make Jesus my #1 priority wherever I am, no matter how busy I am, and no matter how many excuses I make. I hope that writing this post for all of the internet to see will keep me at least a little bit accountable.
Fill my mind with Christian Music
Don’t get me wrong, I really love some good country music (living in Alabama has changed me), but I love to worship the Lord through music. I feel a connection to Him when I listen to music that glorifies Him. By filling my mind with the lyrics of songs that lift Him up, I notice that those lyrics resonate with me and they stick in my head.
Read Books that strengthen my Faith
Some of my favorite books to read are the ones that strengthen my faith. Just like music, these books truly do inspire me and they keep me accountable. Some of those books that are on my list are “Uninvited,” “Surrender Your Junior God Badge,” “The Meaning of Marriage,” and “Captivating.”
Bring my Bible with me
Through trial and error, mostly error, I know that not bringing my Bible with me on trips is just another excuse to not exercise my faith. Not bringing my Bible with me shows where my priorities lie, and so from here on out, I am going to make it a priority to bring my Bible with me in my suitcase.
Listen to Podcasts when I have downtime
I have recently gotten into podcasts and they are honestly the BEST. My favorite podcasts to listen to currently are the ones from “The Porch.” They are super relatable and they are geared towards college students and young adults. These are like mini-sermons and they fill my mind and thoughts with truth and scripture.
Have an accountability partner
While I am at school, I am surrounded by accountability partners. My roommates, best friends, and even strangers often ask me about my faith and what I’m struggling with. I think that if I have this while traveling, I would be more motivated to keep my faith strong.
See God in the small things
For years now, my favorite work on God is definitely nature and the skies. The skies when the color floods at sunrise or sunset is truly indescribable. To me, the sky is such an amazing reminder of how good our Lord is. He is such a creator! He made you and He made me and He made those gorgeous skies. I love seeing God in the small things like the flowers, or the big things like the beautiful morning and evening skies.
Do some daily devotionals or start a study on a book.
When I am studying a book, or when I make a commitment to study a book of the Bible, I am more likely to stick with that commitment. I just started a Bible Study that I purchased on Amazon and it is SO great! I think that bringing it along with me on a trip would really help motivate me! Right now, although I’m only a few days into the study, I am so excited everyday to read the next lesson!
I would absolutely love to hear what your tips are for staying strong in your faith when you travel! Thanks for reading once again, y’all!