Monday, March 5, 2012

The Silent Retreat

 (The morning was quite overcast)
 (But by the afternoon the sun was shining on us)

Thursday I drove to Corvallis after school to meet up with Danielle to have a coffee date the day before her Birthday, then went to dinner with Jessica, and then went dancing at Eagles where so many friends were. It was a great day! Had some late night pillow talk with Shannon, and woke up the next day to have coffee with Jessica, and worked on homework before I left for the beach.

The weekend was more than I ever expected it to be. It was fun, it was peaceful, it was beautiful, it was encouraging, it was uplifting, it was insightful. Friday evening I got to spend good time talking with girls I hadn't seen in awhile. We all went out to dinner at Rogue in Newport, and then went back to the house to crash.

For those of you unfamiliar with what a Silent Retreat is... when we woke up on Saturday morning we were silent. We didn't talk to anyone out loud until dinner time at 5:00 pm. It was the first day I can remember in a very long time where I didn't set an alarm to wake up. My body woke me up at 8:00 am. I went upstairs to sit and eat breakfast and drink coffee. I journaled for almost 2 hours, just getting lots of thoughts out of my head, turning them into prayers. I prayed for very specific things, and I spent a lot of time reading my bible. I went for a run on the boardwalk, I even took a nap! It was a glorious 9 hour day of talking with Jesus and no one else. No expectations for the day, just resting in Him. The only thing I really heard him speak to me about was taking delight in Him, and taking delight in rest. That rest is good, it is vital, it is necessary for health, and that even God rested on the 7th day, so I am certainly able to do the same. No lap tops, no cell phones, no television. Just sweat pants, coffee, bible, journal. Shirley would even set our food out during the day so we could just nibble on things, and focus on resting. What a beautiful encouraging time to re-charge my battery so-to-speak. It was awesome spending time with girls I don't get to see often, and to hear their hearts. We all got to share what we learned at the end of the day, and it was so amazing to pray over one another and to encourage each other. I cannot wait for the next one, but I also learned this weekend, that taking a Sabbath is so important, and it needs to be something I take seriously, rather than just waiting for the next Silent Retreat. The funny thing is... when I got home yesterday I had a 6 page paper I needed to write that I had been trying not to be stressed by all weekend. So I started working on it yesterday in the afternoon and into the night... until our neighborhood had a black-out! Which usually I would be all about those, so unexpected, kind of romantic with lit candles everywhere, but I had a paper to write!! I think the Lord just really wanted me to rest the WHOLE weekend. haha so I did. Now I must finish my paper before class this morning...

Psalm 84: 1-2
"How Lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul years, and even faints for the courts of the Lord. My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God" (NIV).

Thank you Lord for the power of rest and relaxation, and the ability it has to restore. I pray I don't soon forget the power of rest, and taking a Sabbath.

Love and Restoration


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