As you’re getting this, I am off amidst a group of wonderful women at our annual Time for JOY retreat. You needn’t envy me. Just visit our site and plan on coming next year . . . if you’re a woman, of course!
Since the first year of the retreat here in Arkansas, I’ve been hooked. This is what living spiritually as a woman is all about — Jesus (or insert your religious inspiration here), Others (because we all serve each other and receive great rewards in giving) and Yourself (because a Self properly nurtured has a quality of life inspiring to others, fulfilling to the self and beneficial to all). You can’t truly put it into words, however.
At our weekend retreat, we try to emphasize the presence of the Spirit, making it obvious in all you do so that when you go home, you are better able to recognize it in your daily round.
Many feel like they can’t get away for a weekend. Trust me. I know! But it’s like putting premium fuel in your car, which you probably don’t do until you start hearing the knocking. It’s like getting the flu when you need to slow down. Rather than waiting for something bad to happen, give yourself a little preventative medicine, the sort that nourishes you mind, body and soul.
If you’re not here with me at the retreat, I hope to see you next year. If you can’t make it at all, is there something similar near you? Can you make a weekend retreat for yourself? Do something to recharge your batteries, your spirit. Get a good night’s sleep. Eat some good food. Pamper yourself. Stimulate your intellect. Evaluate your life. Imagine your life as you hope it can be, and do something to make it happen now. Yes, you can, and I give you permission.
Live every day simply with great joy, and join me Monday with a renewed Spirit.