Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Vacation or Retreat

   I am so glad you stopped by? I have a question. Have you ever thought you needed a vacation to recover from your vacation? If you think back to your last vacation,even if you had the most fun ever, probably the most restful part of the trip was the ride home. It's a "good tired", but vacation can sometimes wear you out completely!

 

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When my children were younger, we looked like the Beverly Hillbillies when we traveled. The Suburban was packed full of suitcases, pillows, books, movies, groceries, toys, and seven people. And if that was not enough, we pulled a trailer loaded with a golf cart, seven bikes, beach chairs, and whatever didn't fit in the car we wrapped in lawn and leaf bags and threw it on the

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trailer as well. THEN, once we got to  the beach, we set up two umbrellas, seven chairs, a blow up pool for the twins, a tent to nap in, a cooler, buckets, shovels, toys, nets, boogie boards, fishing poles, fishing stuff, camera, frisbee, extra hats and sunglasses, and last but not least, snacks for all. Whew! Are you tired yet? Are those not totally your most favorite memories ever?!!!!

 

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Vacations are fabulous! However, sometimes what we need is a retreat! I looked up the word retreat. Re-treat, noun, a process of withdrawing, a place of privacy or safety: refuge a period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study or instruction. Retreat.    I had the privilege of retreating this past weekend and teaching art to women while I was there! I was on

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the mountain in Mentone, Alabama. The weekend was amazing. Two of my girls were there which made it even more special for me. I also had the blessing of fellowshiping with precious women who love the Lord. Such a sweet time! However, nothing compares to the moments that I retreated from those around me to be alone with Jesus. I was able to completely unwind and disconnect from the world and allow Him to completely fill my soul.

In Matthew14, Jesus fed the 5000. It's a familiar story, but what you may not remember is that after all the people had eaten, Jesus retreated. Verse 23 reads, "After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray, and when it was evening, He was there alone."

Why is it so hard for us to retreat? Even Jesus got alone with His Father to pray. What a precious example He has set for us. So what keeps you from retreating? Laundry? I promise it will still be there! Guilt? That is false guilt! God so desires time alone with you! To busy? Really? Is whatever it is THAT important? Take time to retreat! Even if it's in your home. Turn off phones, computers, or TVs and get alone with God! Rest in His presence. Spend time and just worship and sing and meditate on His word. The laundry can wait! Start with just 30 minutes. I promise it will change your world!

Please leave me a comment on your retreat! Let your experience be an encouragement to other readers!                                Love love love Ruthie

5 comments:

  1. Merrill Tenney McKewenSeptember 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Loved your blog - what a great way to stay in touch!

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  2. I find that my 'best' is not the first thing in the morning - I wouldn't get up at 6 to meet my best friend more than once a month. But I would certainly go to coffee break with my best friend at work - so I try to meet Jesus at coffee break. Its not exactly a mountaintop, but I am able to enjoy His word with a little caffeine during the workday. I confess however, that I squander that time more than I used to since I got an iphone and its my turn in Words with Friends... I wonder if Jesus plays WWF...

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  3. Love it! Well said!

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  4. Ruthie, so lovely to be on your blog, came via Motley soul. Your work is beautiful and such a blessing to see. I agree with you that you do sometimes need a post vacation break. I was lucky enough to have 2 sun filled breaks and now am trying to get my head focused on the next steps. Today I am blessed to have the house to myself to spend time in Gods presence. Have a blessed week, Amanda

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  5. Ruthie, you are a treasure! My mountain retreat just filled up my draining cup! Love all my new friends. G

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