Personal Retreat Thoughts ~ October 1st

1:32 AM

Over the next week or so, I want to share some thoughts and inspiration I had during my 7 day personal retreat.  This entry contains some of my first thoughts as I started my week away...

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Distraction cast aside, we seek Your face.

That was the theme of my week of personal retreat. As I was driving to the piney woods of E. Texas, that line kept playing over and over in my head. Literally every distraction was cast away...no internet, cell phone available only for emergencies, no TV. It was all gone. In fact, I was the only one staying at the retreat center.

I went through so many thoughts and feelings leading up to this time. First, I was intimidated as all get out (I’ll talk more about that later). Then I was excited for some time away. Then, as I began my drive, I realized just how long 7 days was. It wasn’t like I was going away for a weekend. I was going for 7 days. By myself. This was a first, and the reality of it hit me like a ton of bricks.

Before I left for this time away, I had an epiphany about how I’m wired. These little realizations are so important for our growth and maturity along the journey of life. I realized that it’s extremely hard for me to relax in my own home. I couldn’t believe it actually. I strive to make my home a place of comfort and peace, a place that my family wants to be. I’m always doing something to make it homey...tidying up, cleaning, straightening this and that. I do that, because I like a tidy house, and also because it’s hard for me to be relaxed when it’s in disarray. But, I have kids, and as much as I make them help clean up their messes, there’s still lots of messes. I get into this mode of doing, doing, doing, and I can’t stop. 

That’s when I realized this time away was so important. A personal retreat is about rest and seeking God. It’s about being and not doing. Maybe 7 days is too short!

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4 comments

  1. Love that blue swing!

    That's so great that you understood a bit more about yourself and how you find it difficult to truly relax when there is always something to be done at home. That reminds me... I was more relaxed when I had someone in to do the housecleaning for me!

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  2. I have the same problem relaxing at home - in the process of making it a place for my family to relax I've turned it into non-stop work for myself. The cleaning schedule has helped some with that - I don't clean an area that isn't assigned to that day unless it *really* needs it, and I'm finding my life more relaxed.

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  3. Wow...7 days alone...with no distractions... that is an experience. Even since being empty nesters, it seems like there are still not enough hours in a day...I started working outside the home last Oct and really admire those mommas that do have a houseful of children still at home and manage to work outside their home too! I know that I was truly blessed to be a stay at home mom when ours were little and growing up. Their activities kept us plenty "distracted/busy".

    Hope your retreat was a blessed one!

    Blessings & Aloha!
    After returning from our visit with family, it was straight to work, but I had yesterday and today off from work, so I hope to get caught up on some blog reading. I did draw names and I just wanted to let you know-in appreciation to those that left comments but were not drawn, I am also offering 10% off of one order…I would have liked to do more free or 20% off, but especially with it this close to Christmas, I could not manage to get them done in time..but want to be sure that no one was left out. Please come by or let me know if you are interested.

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  4. Look forward to hearing more - will I see you and Jeremy in December?

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