A couple of weeks age, it seemed like everywhere I turned, I was coming across someone talking about the importance of taking time to reflect or retreat. In addition to this article by Stephanie, and the follow-up post on here, it seemed like several other people were thinking about this subject. I was certainly getting the message, but I wasn't acting on it. It's true that I was going through an unusually busy stretch with my work from home and some other commitments, but rushing around made me see my need for a retreat even more. I just didn't know how to "fit it in."
Then on February 11, my daily reading in Jesus Calling said, "Trust Me enough to spend ample time with Me, pushing back the demands of the day . . . You will find that you can accomplish more in less time, after you have given yourself to Me in rich communion. Also, as you align yourself with My perspective, you can sort out what is important and what is not. Don't fall into the trap of being constantly on the go."
That was the final push I needed. Immediately after reading that passage, I told Eric I needed to schedule a retreat in the coming weekend. I had to adjust some of my to-do items to make it work--I ended up running to the grocery store in the evening, instead of the morning as I'd planned, and I also woke up early to fit in my workout before the kids woke up. I know it takes extra effort, but once I was seated in my quiet space with warm drink in hand, I truly felt myself relax. I am refreshed by taking time to write, read and pray, and I hope I won't wait so long to do this again!