When spring and summer roll around, there is one thing on my children’s mind. Visiting the beach! I can’t blame them. The ocean is an amazing reminder of the sovereignty of God and the glory of His creation. Through His creation, we catch a glimpse of Him.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
Several years ago I became convicted concerning beach vacations. At that point we visited the most popular destinations. Along with these destinations came, I guess you could say, just blatant immorality. We had to be careful of the placement of our condo in regards to nightclubs. We couldn’t be out after dark without running into the party crowd. We couldn’t drive down the beach during the day without our young readers viewing sign after sign promoting immorality. Not to mention the crowds of teenagers and college kids wearing practically nothing. What was a mom to do?
First and foremost, we began visiting other beach locals. These were areas that weren’t quite as built up and more family oriented. Sure, we didn’t have as many entertainment options as before, but this sacrifice was well worth it.
Running a close second, we vacation during off season. Since we homeschool, we can vacation basically any time we would like. Our favorite times to visit the beach are in May (which is between spring break and summer vacation for public schools) and early to mid September (providing no hurricanes are on the way!) Rates are much less during this time of the year, which is wonderful.
We also choose a condo that has a private beach. This eliminates much of the modesty compromises that we encounter with sunbathers. This past May, we basically shared an almost vacant beach with parents of preschoolers and those in retirement.
If the beach is a bit more crowded than we would like, we look up local museums, attractions, and shopping centers to visit. Since we homeschool, I love for our children to learn at every opportunity.
This system has worked well for us for several years. Since God added our youngest daughter to our family, the logistics of condos, elevators, and beach supplies has changed a bit. Hopefully on our next visit, we can find a small beach home in an even more secluded location. Where we can praise the Lord in the beauty of His creation while growing closer as a family.
Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
Where do you vacation as a family?
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To read about our family’s view of modesty, click here.