If your day goes anything like mine, you crave moments of silence. Moments devoid of tears, whines, questions and 8000 verses of “Wheels on the Bus”. I remember my Mother telling someone once that she never listened to the radio in the car when she was alone because it was just so nice to not have any background noise for a bit. I thought she was crazy then, and missing out on an opportunity for joy.
I sure get it now though! I often find myself driving in silence, just to experience…silence.
Back in high school – back when silence wasn’t terribly motivational for me – I was a part of the Central Catholic High School Glee Club, and I also was a cast member in ToDAY Productions, a Christian community theater group. Both groups revolved just as heavily around forming our young relationships with God as they did training our young minds toward music, and we would have a yearly retreat for both groups. These retreats were spiritually intense. There were prayer walks, prayer circles, crafts and activities, team bonding exercises and lots of laughing and crying. Our mentors and teachers (who, in their 20’s seemed so old to us!) prayed with and for us and really encouraged us to be open about our struggles. I always left there feeling amazed by God’s grace, and totally refreshed in my faith. For a young girl who often tested the boundaries of godly behavior, these retreats were grounding for me.
I’m obviously not a part of my high school glee club or my teenage community theater groups anymore, so there’s no more “retreat requirements” in my life anymore. In fact, before last year’s Beautiful Retreat, I had not been to any sort of spiritual retreat since high school. Although last year I was a table leader, I looked forward to the retreat for more reasons than just fulfilling some obligatory presence requirement. I was longing for silence, an opportunity to catch up on the journals I keep for my girls, and some alone time with my Bible. I was not let down! The morning passed quickly, and the time slots dedicated to silence were broken in half by a chance to listen to praise music and worship with fellow Christian moms. As I wrote in my review of the retreat last year, the only thing I wished was different was that the day had been longer! I left that day feeling amazed by God’s grace, refreshed in my faith, and slightly nostalgic for old high school friends. 🙂
If you are still free Saturday morning and on the fence for attending the retreat, I would encourage you to come. This is one of those things we need to do for ourselves as mamas…we take the time every first and third Thursday of the month to fellowship with other moms and friends of faith, so take this rare opportunity to do this for just YOU. Just YOUR faith. Come sit in silence, bring your Bibles, bring your journals, bring your deep-breathing skills, and if you feel inclined, bring a girly, no-boys-allowed salad to share!
Schedule for the Retreat
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome
8:45 – 10:00 Retreat to Love
10:00 – 10:45 Retreat to Worship
10:45 – 11:30 Retreat into Relationship
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch and Discussion
12:30 – 1:00 Closing
Chelsea Daniels is a homeschooling mama to two very loud and inquisitive girls. She started looking forward to this retreat the day after last year’s retreat!
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