“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” – Isaiah 30:15
The past few weeks have been crazy-busy at our house. With school back in session, the girls’ birthday parties, and everyday responsibilities at home piling up, I’ve been going non-stop. Although I like being busy and productive (yes, I’m task-oriented), sometimes I need to recharge to prevent burnout.
This weekend is my breather. I’m enjoying the blessing of a retreat in Branson, Missouri, thanks to my cousins, Rodney and June, who have graciously allowed me the use of their condo.
This morning I woke up at about 5:00am and stood at the huge bay window overlooking Lake Taneycomo. Everything was still and calm. The sky was still dark, and only a few lights were visible. It was beautiful and serene. I thanked God for the blessing of this escape, being able to get away for a few days to rest, pray, and write. I also thanked Him for a husband who is willing to stay home with our daughters while I enjoy some much-needed time alone.
It’s no coincidence that God provided this weekend retreat during my juice fast. The fact that I’ve been praying and seeking the Lord for the past six days makes my time with Him here even sweeter. My flesh is surrendered. My ears are open. My heart is ready to respond in obedience.
You may not be able to go somewhere special to spend time with the Lord today. Your retreat may be reading your Bible while sitting in a cozy chair in your living room, praying as you walk down a nature trail, or driving to work in your car. Wherever you are or whatever you’re doing, find a few moments to quiet your spirit and rest in the Lord. Let Him strengthen you with His powerful presence.