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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Back from Retreat - 5

After attending a successful conference or retreat, we may leave feeling challenged and thoughtful or really stimulated and blessed by God. This time I have left feeling both.

I have discovered from experience, that there are several things to consider when arriving back home:

  • Be careful what you share! There is always the danger that any sharing of your fragile personal pearls will be rubbished by some careless remark or you may just bore the pants of people. If I am doing this to you, then please forgive me. Better say nothing and wait until the 'blessing' has taken root within you.
  • The enemy will be on the prowl to devalue what you have received and will try any way possible to cast doubts and uncertainties. For example, by harsh words with a spouse, friend or colleague. Hold on to what you have received and doubt your doubts.
  • If we have received a blessing, then sooner or later it will be put to use, usually as a blessing to others. Be open and sensitive to God.
  • Spend time with God to assimilate and pray over what you heard and received.
I promise not to harp on about retreats, silence and listening for a while. I have such a need and a longing and I believe I am not that different to others inside. Jesus certainly needed regular space for solitude with His Father.

9 comments :

  1. Rehab Hottie said...

    I have always wanted to go on a retreat but don't know of any in my area. Do you know where I could find one? Thanks in advance. God Bless.

  2. wayfarerjon said...

    I could advise on retreat centres in the UK but not sure about USA unless other readers can recommend somewhere. You could try this link:
    http://www.retreatsonline.com/guide/christian.htm#USA

  3. rehab monster said...

    a retreat sounds like a wonderfull experience.

  4. Graphic Arts 2008 said...

    In the name of religion, we must take heed to what the Bible say,

    "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."

    Revelation 3:20

    http://sword44.blogspot.com

  5. wayfarerjon said...

    In reply to Graphic Arts comment: You have not commented upon my blog post! However, I agree with your statement in the name of 'Jesus Christ.'

  6. wayfarerjon said...

    I retreat can be a 'wonderful' experience, even life-changing as we make time to just 'be' with Jesus. It's 'making the time' that can be the difficulty.

  7. Mike said...

    Great thoughts there. I always find that time seriously given to God reaps a harvest!

  8. Tamela's Place said...

    Doubt your doubts i like that. Can i use that sometime :) I know what you mean about keeping some things to yourself. Those are your precious pearls until the Lord says it is okay for you to share. But i have found that sometimes the Lord would have us to keep His precious pearls as a gift from Him to us.

    He has a plentious supply of precious jewels to spread around. We need only to receive.

  9. wayfarerjon said...

    "Doubt your doubts!" Dpn't know where that came from originally - use it by all means.