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It’s Time to Fly Away!
Life’s too busy! Can you relate? Fly away to the most inexpensive retreat you will ever get to enjoy.

No matter where I go, a recurring theme pops up in conversation with women of all ages: “Life is so busy.”

My sister-in-law's garden offers this perfect place for a soul retreat. Perhaps we should all fly away to her house!

It’s true, isn’t it? For most women, the day consists of countless activities including childcare, meal preparation, house cleaning, running errands, maintaining a career, caring for senior parents, doing yard work, and fulfilling church or other volunteer commitments. The list runs from here to infinity. At times we long to sit down and do nothing but read a good book for sheer enjoyment, or just sit alone in a quiet place – other than the bathroom – with no one needing our help. Can you relate?

The Psalmist can. In the midst of his troubles, he wrote, “Oh, how I wish I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness” (Psalm 55:6,7).

My sister-in-law’s garden offers this perfect place for a soul retreat. Perhaps we should all fly away to her house! 

Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? Imagine bidding our responsibilities goodbye and winging our way to a faraway retreat, to a hidden place of solitude unpolluted by cell phones, computers, TVs, or radios. What would such a retreat look like to you? Where would you go, and what would you do?

Sadly, the reality is that flying away to a real-life quiet retreat remains only a wish for most. The good news, however, is that we can find refreshment for our souls no matter where we are, or how busy life becomes.

At a recent speaking engagement, one lady asked me how I stay spiritually refreshed in the midst of a busy lifestyle. Here’s my secret: Every morning I rise early, fix a cup of coffee, and switch on the decorative fountain in the corner of my living room. (The sound of trickling water soothes my soul!) Then I settle in with Bible and journal in hand, ready to hear God’s voice and receive His instruction. I refuse to check emails before I spend time with God because doing so leaves my thoughts way too distracted.

These morning moments with God are my spiritual retreat. They refresh me with reminders of His wisdom, strength, and love. They keep my perspective right when things go wrong. When I’m downright tired, they renew my enthusiasm for what I do. They keep me focused on God's purpose for me in every aspect of my life, and I guard them jealously.

Perhaps you, too, enjoy personal retreats with God on a regular basis. As summer brings changing schedules, I encourage you to remain consistent. Find a friend who does the same, and bless each other by sharing insights you're learning.

Perhaps you've not yet established a regular soul retreat. If that's the case, my friend, it's time to fly away to a corner in your home, or on your patio or deck before anyone in your household wakes up, or while the kids nap midday. Settle in for a few minutes with your Bible in hand, and ask God to meet you. It’s the most inexpensive retreat you'll ever take, and the benefits will last a lifetime and beyond.

Grace Fox lives in Abbotsford, B.C. She and her husband direct International Messengers Canada, an organization that offers creative short-term and career ministry opportunities in Eastern Europe. The mother of three children, Grace has chronicled her journey of trust in three devotional books entitled 10-Minute Time Outs for Moms; 10-Minute Time Outs for Busy Women; 10-Minute Time Outs for You & Your Kids and also her latest, Moving from Fear to Freedom. Her website is: www.gracefox.com.

Originally published in the newsletter, Growing with Grace, July 2009.

 

 
 
 
 

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