A couple years ago Father told me to construct a sentence that described the best vacation to me. It should elicit in my heart everything that vacation felt like for me.
It took about a month to construct the perfect sentence because it kept evolving. The final result was this.
“I live in a tropical paradise of joy.”

Each word was carefully chosen for it’s implications. “Live” because I want it to be my everyday. “Tropical” because it should be a climate of comfort. “Paradise” because it insinuates you have everything you could want to be maximum happy. And “Joy” because that is the ultimate goal.
I found a picture online that gave me the feeling of all those elements, then I pasted my sentence across the top of the picture and saved it to my desktop background so I could sit and absorb the meaning of the words and the picture.
Every day, as I talked with Father and sat with Jesus, I’d speak that sentence.
The result was that within a year, we moved. Crows came and brought me that message (but that’s another story). Eventually the perfect house was found. Issues arose around buying it, but were immediately thwarted and the path made clear.
We’ve been living here for a year. And suddenly yesterday, I realized that I’ve stopped living in my paradise. I’ve been reduced to work, striving and rushing. They were all things I originally wanted to escape. Now, I’ve brought them to paradise.
So, I beseeched Father to help me go back to paradise.
Last night I had plenty of time to meditate. So I talked to Father and relaxed into His presence. It was a lifesaver.
This morning I woke up in paradise again. And all day I’ve been reminding myself that I live where I would vacation. Therefore I live “on vacation”.
It is a condition of the mind. It’s one I want to stay in all the time. It’s awesome here and I can breathe deep. I can smell the sweet fragrance in the air. I can slow my step (or my driving speed) and remember that I’m in no hurry – ever. My only demand is sweet peace.
“I live in a tropical paradise of joy.”

5 thoughts on “LIVING ON VACATION!”

  1. Loved this exercise. My vacation would definitely be in a warmer place. 🙂 Will take this to Abba and see if He wants me to join you in this practice. Sounds pretty cool.

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