(I’m buried in speech prep for a couple conferences I have coming up this weekend and next, but I wanted to share with you a habit I’ve developed that has had a HUGE impact on me. A yearly retreat. I usually take mine in the Spring. Perhaps it’s time to start planning one of your own?)
Why You Need a Revolution
Revolution: a full rotation; a turning around.
When we have any sort of new beginning, a new baby, a new move, a new year, we often start off with good intentions and focus.
But like a blindfolded child playing pin the tail on the donkey, it’s easy to get turned around and headed in the wrong direction.
We need regular time of revolution, turning around, to refocus our eyes, hearts and actions back to Jesus and the narrow yet grand purpose to which He has called us.
We need the opportunity to take the blindfold off, see where we’ve come and make sure we are headed in the right direction.
For me, these times of revolution come during a yearly retreat.
Why You Need To Own It
CEO’s take them. Pastor’s take them. Football stars take them. God does too.
Whether you call it a vacation, sabbatical, time out or Sunday, it’s clear that EVERYONE needs time to step back, evaluate, rest, redirect and recharge.
Mothers are no different.
It’s not selfish. It’s not extravagant.
We need to unclutter our lives just as much as we unclutter the toys from our minivan.
Picture It With Me
Imagine sleeping in.
Imagine the quietness to truly listen.
Imagine rest that refreshes.
Imagine time for vision.
Imagine stepping back from your balancing act long enough to let the unimportant things fall and the important ones rise.
Imagine the freedom of finally realizing we only need to juggle 3 things and not 12.
Imagine having a simple, focused plan.
Imagine your own yearly personal revolution.
I know there are probably a gazillion reasons why you can’t have a yearly retreat running through your head.
I’m here to squash them. In love.
- We don’t have the money.
- I don’t have the time.
- My husband couldn’t handle the kids.
- I’ve never been away from the kids.
You don’t have to have your retreat this weekend. It could be in a couple months and you could save $50 for one night at a small hotel.
Also? Friends houses are free. Offer to host a friends’ retreat one weekend and then they can host yours the next..
You are never too busy for things that are important.
Yes he can. Besides, he can practice. Or, again, you can swap weekends with a friend and watch each other’s kids.
All the more reason…
My point is that it’s only an excuse if you believe it. Otherwise, it’s simply an obstacle to plan around.
Why You Need To Believe It’s Possible
So do you believe it’s important? Do you believe that it’s worth it? Do you believe that you need it?
Then come back on Monday and we’ll plan it. Where to go, what to do and how to make it happen. Our revolution.
Action Time: Have you ever taken a retreat? Tell us about it.
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