Do you take regular spiritual retreats?
In our day and age, we talk a lot about taking breaks, getting away, and serving ourselves.
But the spiritual retreat I’m referring to here is NOT the “serve yourself, you
deserve it” kind of thing we hear about all the time.
Neither am I talking about a girl’s night out, a trip to the spa or attending a women’s conference. Not even talking about a daily quiet time.
I’m talking about a time of retreating from the busyness, people, and noise
of everyday life in order to connect with the Lord for an *extended* period of
Do you regularly make time for this kind of retreat?
I’ve discovered these retreats (as difficult as they are to pull off) are necessary in order for me to stay in a place of dependence upon the Lord, to deeply refresh my spirit, and to maintain a sense of well-being which enables me to serve my family and community.
Jesus *frequently* retreated to a solitary place.
From His life, we see how important it is to make these times happen.
He would even go without sleep to make sure He got away with His Father. If the Son of God needed to make sure He got alone with His Father, we certainly need it!
We simply can’t rest and replenish our souls when we are on the go all the time, multi-tasking, constantly bombarded with noise, always having someone in our face, and always on call.
Last year I was so convicted about the need for regular, extended times of solitude that I set a goal to take one “retreat” day a month. I wish I could do more :)
As I’ve developed this habit, I’ve adopted a few practices to make the most of my time and truly connect with the Lord.
Earlier this year when I prayed about how I could serve this community, I was convinced to share how I do my monthly retreats. I’m so, so happy to share the result: this DIY Personal Spiritual Retreat Kit!!
The 21-page kit will walk you through contemplative, diagnostic questions, a time of confession, the Lectio Divina method of reading and meditating on scripture, and a time of clarifying and articulating what the Lord is speaking to you…everything you need to have your very own personal retreat.
I’ve been working on this little project for WEEKS and am sooo happy to share it with you!
I pray this resource is a huge blessing in your life. Much love, AJ