Sometime ago, I messaged my Pastor’s wife questioning if she had ever planned a personal/private retreat. She had not, but encouraged me that it would be worthwhile. After all, spending intentional time alone with God can’t be anything short of a blessing. I still didn’t know how to go about it though. I asked around a bit more, no luck.
What do you do on a personal retreat? In my head I envisioned myself sitting in a cozy chair with my Bible, reading. Then I thought about purchasing a Bible Study with video set and doing the whole thing over the course of a weekend. Perhaps I would journal until I couldn’t journal another word, or use it as a working retreat to write a book. Maybe I would fast the whole weekend. Then of course the logistical questions came rolling in …
When and where? How will I pay for it? Can we spare the time away, when I already have a few travel events this year.
As I cracked open the book, Getaway with God (by Letitia Suk), I learned a few things.
- I’m not the only one who felt called to go on a personal retreat.
- I’m not the only one who asked these same questions about planning one.
- Letitia Suk has been doing this since 1977.
Now, I have in my hands the wisdom of someone who has figured this concept out. She’s answered the questions, from what to pack to what type of retreat you should have. Additionally, she speaks to not only what this retreat can mean to you today (in this season) but also down the road. There are suggestions for short retreats (one day) to longer ones, a few examples of when we can bring a friend along and still consider it a personal retreat.
I’m also a big fan of the portions where she shares what other women have said about their own personal retreats. More women are doing this than we realize.
It just so happens that the Lord has made a way for me to plan a short personal retreat, before I even put my hands on this book. In a few months, I have a conference to go to. It’s going to be a very busy few days. The conference starts early in the morning, and my friend and I planned to arrive the day before to get settled into our hotel. As I was preparing to buy my airline ticket, I was a little sticker shocked. Out of sheer curiosity, I looked at what the price would be to fly in an extra day early. Amazingly not only was the flight less expensive, but I would also be able to stay at a quaint little Bed and Breakfast and still save some money.
So, I booked the ticket. I’m flying in a day earlier. I’ve got a Bed and Breakfast booked.
I was trying to figure out what I was going to do with all this free time. Now that I’ve read the book, “Getaway with God”… I know EXACTLY what I am going to do with my extra day! I’m planning a personal retreat. Over the next few weeks, I’ll post Part 2 which I will talk a bit about my planning process. Then, I’ll post Part 3 after my personal retreat and fill you all in how it went!