Personal Retreat – December 2017
Hurry is the enemy of self-awareness and spiritual formation. Why? Because it’s impossible to develop an obedient heart, integrity and character in a hurry. In the midst of the hectic pace of life, it is often difficult to slow down and hear the still voice of God. We frantically go from one thing to another without any clear direction. When we fail to make room in our heart, mind and schedule to hear from God, we lose the one thing we desperately need at that moment – perspective. We are moving so fast that everything becomes a blur, including God himself. Many of us are rushing to get to the finish line of the year, and, as a result, we have the potential to lose sight of all that God has done over the past year, and what He wants us to understand right here and right now.
Our solution to this pressure is to move faster, work harder and try to accomplish more in less time. But, what if we make some room in our hectic schedule to be still, worship, and wonder? What would it look like to carve out space in our lives to hear God’s voice? The speed of life blurs our perspective, but stillness allows clarity. In order to see Him, we must make room in our lives to look. Sometimes solitude is the greatest gift we can give ourselves. Throughout the Gospels, we see a key phrase repeated over and over again – “Jesus withdrew to a quiet place.” The savior of the world, God’s only Son, knew about the importance of staying connected to the ultimate source for life. Jesus understood that perspective is found in God’s presence.
Our lives are full of what we make room for. The only way we can possess a clear vision for the future is by effectively dealing with the past. Unfinished business bogs down new beginnings. However, if we can see clearly, everything changes. With that said, we want to encourage you to hit the pause button and engage in a personal spiritual retreat during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
We all desire clarity, direction and purpose in life. One way to do this is through consecrating a few hours of our day to pursue God through reading His Word, praying and journaling. For some of you, this may sound intimidating. You hear the words “personal retreat” and feel like you are not there yet. We want to alleviate some of the hesitation and pressure you are feeling. We understand that individuals will enter into this experience from different parts of their journey – curious about faith, new followers of Christ and mature believers. Regardless of your starting point, this retreat has the potential to be a rewarding experience, and a moment you can say that you heard God speak to you, maybe for the first time.
What is required of all of us is the willingness to engage in the process and be open and present. We will walk you through a personal spiritual retreat with Scripture, journal prompts and reflection questions. This is meant to serve as a guide to frame your time together with God. Don’t feel the pressure to answer every question. However, we encourage you to pay attention to the questions that make you feel vulnerable. It is in these places that you have the potential to gain the most insight and experience the most growth.
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