Days 1 & 2 –A Prayer Retreat {31 Days of Active Waiting}

{I am absolutely thrilled to be committed to the 31 Days Blog Project, and blogging alongside over 600 bloggers, who are writing and sharing about every topic you can imagine.}

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To be honest, I am not thrilled with the topic I’ve chosen.  I have spent alot of time (like most everybody else) waiting in my life–waiting in limbo on a job decision.  Waiting on a relationship that I thought I could salvage (that most of the time I should have left sooner), and of course, the most important, waiting on God.

My main worry is:   how can I write about waiting as it relates to my thoughts and experiences and still have it be readable and even halfway interesting?

How can my words on waiting be engaging by any stretch of the imagination?

Because let’s face it — waiting is usually a word that brings anxious thoughts to a person’s mind.  (Or perhaps, boredom…or even worse, discomfort.)  My thoughts about this topic have usually run along the lines of “Ummm, I can certainly relate to that topic…but aren’t there more fun and exciting topics on which to write?”

So many of the other writing topics in this blog project sound delectably like the kind of blog reading I crave.  Fun things like redecorating a room of the house, or warm fuzzy quotes delivered on a beautiful free printable?    (Believe me, I will be happily reading all of those blogs, and you should too.)

But the Lord has been good in reminding me of my current circumstances, and how much I could learn through this process.

Thus,  I’ve amended my series title to Active Waiting.

Active Waiting seems to have more life and motion.   I accredit the change to the focus of my series to listening to more experienced bloggers giving the  good advice to be as specific as possible to aid in my writing process.
This particular post will be two-fold, as I was at a prayer retreat this weekend, with no internet signal to post my first days entry.  (We haven’t even been writing a week, and already I’m procrastinating and missing writing deadlines   waiting to post the first entry–geez!)  Please grant me forgiveness and grace, or its going to be a long month!

 

This past weekend’s retreat felt so divinely timed in my life and brought much inspiration to my new activity of active waiting.   

I rather surprised myself when I realized I have never been on a prayer retreat before this weekend!  I’ve read about them on other blogs, and heard friends who work in ministry wax eloquently about how much they fed their souls when they would go away for a weekend or more to hear from God. I’ve always wanted to go away to a beautiful place of solitude where my sole focus was prayer and silence to better hear God speak.  But the reality is, when your an actor working 2 to 3 jobs to stay afloat, that’s usually a pipe dream…until now!

The Lord in His goodness has brought my husband and I to a wonderful church in Fort Worth where the women’s ministry holds not one, but two prayer retreats a year.  I travelled on Friday afternoon with my wonderful new friend Kathy, the retreat coordinator.

Our evening started with dinner and a time of worship and devotion in community.  We were at a serene retreat center about an hour away from home, and the cool fall air, the view of creation, and the loving spirits of the women all added to the sweet spiritual aroma of peace as we prepared ourselves to spend many hours alone, in prayer.

After our time of food, worship and a short devotion, we were left to spend time in solitude–just ourselves, God, and the beautiful night full of stars.
 I laid down in the grass and stared up at the constellations, thanking God over and over that He pursues a relationship with me in the vast infinite majesty of this universe.  We were asked to turn out our cabin lights on time, so we could get up early enough to have many hours the next morning alone with God.  I went to sleep looking forward to more time alone to wait upon the Lord, and listen for His voice.
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.

 

{Join me back here tomorrow to hear more about my prayer retreat, and the practice of active waiting?}




2 comments on “Days 1 & 2 –A Prayer Retreat {31 Days of Active Waiting}

  1. I think this is a beautiful topic! SO glad you chose it, and I look forward to seeing where the Lord leads!

    I blog at “Only a Breath” and would love for you to stop by if you have time! I’m writing about “31 Days to Love Your Neighbor”. It has been a very interesting journey to say the least! 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Melanie

  2. Thanks so much Melanie! I’m just thrilled to have readers stopping by! 🙂 Your blog is beautiful – I’m going to enjoy reading your 31 days series as well – blessings to you! 🙂

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