Does it feel like just as we were settling into summer someone hit the fast forward button? I mean, I’m enjoying all the back-to-school photos but I still have a mostly untouched summer to-do list.
Summer 2017 was one for the books for our family in so many ways. Two graduations, a wedding and our first grandbaby all before mid-June. We sandwiched in four birthdays, VBS, science camp, summer jobs, two church camps, surgery and radiation for my mom (who is doing so well) and, most recently, launched another one to college.
A few summers ago, wrangling the schedule for seven kids as a new single parent, I remember telling my sister that as soon as I got through the next round of events, life would level out. Surely once the crisis was over, life would return to the full but manageable pace we’d had.
My wise sister stopped me. “Lisa? I think this is your new pace.”
Thunk. As soon as she said them, the truth of her words hit home. I’d been kidding myself. How could one doing what two had been doing ever look the same? My expectations shifted — a healthy first step in finding a new rhythm. And after six years, while I’ve gotten used to the pace, I’ve no where near mastered it.
But I find myself poured out and needing to be refilled.
I’m starting our 19th year of homeschooling (!). All the fall activities are beginning to start back in full force and I have a couple of big projects to work on.
I need to fill up before I can pour out.
Maybe you too?
It’s time to take a personal retreat. Now I love a weekend retreat with friends. But take time away to unscramble my heart and head is so filling. I need time to make God’s voice louder than anything else and I desperately need Him to refill me.
It’s like a spa for the soul, friend, and if you’ve never taken one, I’m sharing my custom-designed Personal Retreat Notebook to help you have your own retreat.
This Personal Retreat Notebook contains 17 pages filled with scripture, prayer prompts, questions and journaling space to help you experience your own retreat. This Personal Retreat Notebook has space to —
- Record thankfulness for all that God’s done through the year
- Take a full spiritual assessment
- Confess known sin through a series of scripture
- Evaluate your biggest challenges and needs in multiple areas of life
- Focus on the attributes of God
- Seek God’s direction over your life
If you’ve been longing to press pause and get away with God or if you find yourself overwhelmed, poured out or seeking direction, this Personal Retreat Notebook is the perfect tool to help you refresh and refill.
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I hope this notebook blesses you mightily. I’m off to drink deep from the Living Water.