he Best U.S. Trip for Every Age Group

Most people love to travel, but different phases of life require different travel experiences. Places that were fun when you were in your early twenties might not be a great idea when you’re traveling with a toddler. When you’re retired, you might be looking for something different than when you were younger. Fortunately, the U.S. is a big place and there’s plenty to do — no matter your age.

Best Trip for Babies — Acadia National Park

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Acadia National Park in Maine is known for its hiking, which may have you second guessing it as a destination if you’re traveling with a baby. Don’t overlook it, though. The town of Bar Harbor is easily walkable and features a stroller-friendly path along the waterfront. If you want to get a short hike in, that’s an option too. Take a short shuttle ride to the entrance of the national park and you’ll find plenty of shorter walks great for carrying your baby along. There are also plenty of nearby bathrooms, which make changing a breeze. Bring along a picnic to one of the beaches to round out a picturesque day. When you’re looking for a moment of peace, there’s plenty of peace and quiet.

Best Trip for Kids — Washington D.C.

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As your kids enter elementary school, they’ll start to learn about our nation’s founding. What better place to explore the history in their textbooks than the country’s capital? Show them where the President lives, where the Supreme Court rules on cases, and where Congress meets and passes laws. Let them run around the National Mall, exploring monuments to presidents past, and walk in the footprints of history. There’s also a Smithsonian museum for kids with all interests. Take your future astronaut to the Air and Space Museum, or tour your dinosaur-lover around the Natural History Museum. With plenty of dining and hotel options, you’ll be able to design the perfect trip for your child.  

Best Trip for Teens — Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park is huge — spanning across Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Once you have teenagers, they’re ready for the more strenuous hiking required to see some of the greatest spectacles in the park. Old Faithful is one of the easier natural wonders to visit from Wyoming, but there’s plenty to explore. The beautiful Sky Rim Trail, for example, is a 21-mile loop that has some tough sections — making it a great challenge for teens and adults alike.

Best Trip for College Students — New Orleans

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College can be a stressful time, so sometimes students just need to relax. Although it can be easy to take this a little too far in New Orleans, it’s not just Marci Gras 365 days of the year. While there’s bars and live shows to check out, that’s not all New Orleans has to offer. The city is home to fantastic restaurants, great music, and beautiful architecture. When you’re ready to get a little wild, hit up an alligator tour in a nearby swamp. And be sure to eat as many beignets as possible before you go.

Best Trip for Adults — Las Vegas

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As an adult, sometimes you just want to forget about your responsibilities. There are few better places to do that in the U.S. than Las Vegas. While the city has become much more family-friendly than it used to be, there are plenty of adults-only activities that make this city so fun. It’s not all just gambling either. There are plenty of shows to take in, plus a large variety of bars, restaurants, and even museums. Get off the Strip and explore downtown and the murals around Fremont Street. And if you need a dose of adrenaline, embark on a hike in nearby Red Rocks Canyon or a helicopter tour to Hoover Dam.

Best Trip for Retirees — Blue Ridge Parkway

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Whether you’ve been retired for a while or are newly retired, it’s the perfect time to take an extended road trip in the mountains. If you’re going to take a drive, you’ll want to visit the Blue Ridge Parkway. The 469-mile parkway runs between Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in North Carolina and there’s a lot to do along the scenic stretch. Stop off at adorable BnBs for the night, taste local wine and browse shops in a few of the quaint towns along the road. Relaxing and restful is just the ticket on this road trip.About the author: Kris Wouk | Writer for The DiscovererKris Wouk is a writer, musician and audio enthusiast who loves camping and hiking. You can find his work at MakeUseOf, MakeTechEasier, IoT Tech Trends, and various other places across the internet.

8 Bible Verses That Remind Us God is in Control

These verses about fear and anxiety remind us that God is in control.

By Lesli White

Anxiety and fear are relentless. These are two of the enemy’s most popular weapons that he uses against us. Unchecked fear can keep you in bed for hours past what is healthy or wise. Anxiety can also show us as a fiery anger, in unkind speech and hurtful attitudes. The longer you struggle with fear, the more likely it is for you to be overwhelmed by it, allowing it to control your every decision and move. Choosing not to deal with it can leave you with scars. Even still, we have a promise that “God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability” (1 Corinthians 10:13), and this includes the sinful unbelief of an anxious heart. One of the best ways to rid yourself of the fear that is plaguing you is to turn to Scripture. Here are eight Bible verses that remind us God is in control.

Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Sometimes, we can read certain verses from Scripture a hundred times and fail to take them to heart the way the Lord wants us to. Other times, we can linger on a verse or two, and let them minister life, healing and comfort to us. Isaiah 41:10 is so rich with the promises of God that it warrants some special attention from us. Ultimately, the Lord wants to impart to us through this verse that we shouldn’t be afraid. “Fear not [there is nothing to fear].” One reason why God warns us against fear is that it can short-circuit the answered prayers and blessings that He has in store for us.

Psalm 46:1

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

By definition, a refuge is a safe place. When the Bible describes God as our refuge, it is saying that God is our safe place when we need protection from something. Knowing God is our refuge enables us to trust Him more freely. We need not fear situations or people who threaten our well-being, whether in a physical or spiritual sense. There is no situation we will ever face that is out of God’s control, so the best place to be, always, is right with Him.

Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

According to data released by Amazon on the most highlighted passage in Kindle ebooks, the most popular passage from the Bible is this passage from Philippians. Most biblical scholars agree that the apostle Paul composed Philippians while he was in prison so the fact that Paul was able to reject anxiety even during his own imprisonment makes the passage all the more encouraging. Although it might seem novel to see biblical writers addressing modern worries, the lesson from this passage is timeless and can affect anyone. The life of faith is filled with constant challenge to risk more to become our true selves.

1 John 4:18

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The One who fears is not made perfect in love.”

In the previous verse (verse 17), John tells us how to have confidence or boldness on the Day of Judgment. And in verse 18, he tells us how to cast fear out of our lives. These are simply positive and negative ways of saying the same thing: getting rid of fear is the negative way of saying become confident. John wants to help us enjoy confidence before God. He does not want us to be paralyzed or depressed by fear of judgment.

Psalm 94:19

“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:19

What this Psalm tells us is that even in rough or desperate situations, we can be filled with the joy of the Lord. He is our consolation and His Word eases anxiety like nothing else can. God can bring joy to your soul even during times when you’re most anxious by simply knowing that He’s present and trusting in His power.

Luke 12:22-26

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”

Life is more than food and clothing. God has reminded us of that throughout the Scriptures. Jesus reminded us of it when He faced temptation from Satan. So we shouldn’t worry because God will take care of the big stuff and the little stuff. Worrying doesn’t change things, big or small, except to make those problems appear worse than they really are. So why let ourselves get so worked up into a frenzy over “big things”? Cast your cares on God and then trust in His wisdom.

Psalm 27:1

“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?”

Like many psalms, King David wrote this from a season of trouble. Yet, it is a song of confidence and triumph because David was not in darkness or ultimate peril because the Lord was his light and salvation. God Himself brought light to David’s life. He did not despair in darkness and all that it represented. His life was filled with the Lord, and his life was filled with the light.

Revelation 1:17

“Then He placed His right hand on me and said: Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.”

Jesus said first, “Do not be afraid” This is what we need to hear these days when many of us are so anxious. Remember, fear doesn’t glorify God. Jesus was always saying “fear not” to his frightened disciples. The Gospels record that every time they were in trouble, they expressed themselves in manifestations of fear, anxiety, worry and panic, but the Lord always came along at the right moment and said, “Fear not.” We are called to do the same.

One of the best ways to combat two of the enemy’s weapons of fear and anxiety is through the power of Scripture. Read God’s Word, and repeatedly immerse yourself in it. The more you read, the better you will understand His Word and the truth found in it. While fear may continue to show up for you, when you acknowledge and truly believe God is in control, fear and anxiety will no longer paralyze you.Lesli White is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and a concentration in print and online journalism. In college, she took a number of religious studies courses and harnessed her talent for storytelling. White has a rich faith background. Her father, a Lutheran pastor and life coach was a big influence in her faith life, helping her to see the value of sharing the message of Christ with others. She has served in the church from an early age. Some of these roles include assisting ministry, mutual ministry, worship and music ministry and church council.   

Discover the Book – November 3

When Overwhelmed David Fled to the Lord

We have all heard of people who have gone through complete emotional or mental breakdowns, but few of us have ever actually witnessed one as it happened. The good news is that God recorded the “before, during, and after” of the emotional and physical breakdown David experienced.

This sad but instructive event is captured flawlessly and in amazing detail. As we open to I Samuel 21:13 David hit the bottom, overwhelmed by life, sinking into fear, and trapped by his choices, he melts down.

This may be the single most humiliating and desperate moment of David’s life. Follow along with me as we see what happens when even great servants of the Lord get overwhelmed by their trouble and trials.

So he changed his behavior before them, pretended madness in their hands, scratched on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva fall down on his beard. Then Achish said to his servants, “Look, you see the man is insane. Why have you brought him to me? Have I need of madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?” (1 Samuel 21:13-15).

When life unexpectedly overwhelms us and we feel we can’t go on and we feel all alone—what do we do? David faced that as well as so many of God’s faithful servants through the years. Just because we love and serve the Lord doesn’t mean we miss the storms and skids of life.

Not everything David did was right—but the inspired lessons are always right. The key to this time in David’s life is found not in the short term events, but in the long term direction of his heart!

David chose to trust God’s promises and be led in triumph!

Remember: life is full of unexpected twists—those sudden changes you never see coming.

When we are desperate, God is not.

When we are alone, God is there.

When we are troubled, God is a very present refuge and help for you to flee into His loving and waiting arms!

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TONIGHT BIBLE VERSE

Today’s Bible Verse
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” Malachi 3:10 (Read all of Malachi 3:10)
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