Getting Away: When Was the Last Time?
Summer is here and it’s time for getting away. Vacation with the family or an overnight by yourself. I highly recommend both.
There is nothing quite like taking a break from your everyday routine. You need it; I need it! So think back, when was the last time you got away?
I recently had two trips away to see my kids. In April we traveled to Georgia to see our son and daughter-in-love. Then in June we traveled to Colorado to see our daughters and grandson. Wonderful times with family. Because I don’t see them often, I live in anticipation of getting together with them.
This summer and fall, I am looking at doing something more local—an overnight or two. I am sorely overdue for a personal retreat. No schedules—easy meals—and time. Time away alone to reflect and be still in God’s presence. The ability to take a walk or take a nap.
Have you ever taken a personal retreat?
If you’re not sure how to plan a personal retreat, or why you need one? Take a look at these articles I wrote:
Whether it is time at the shore, or a quiet hotel room, planning for a little time alone is healthy. It will refresh your soul and fill your reservoir for the next stage of your journey. A getaway shouldn’t be complicated. Think Simple.A getaway shouldn't be complicated. Think Simple. #PersonalRetreat Click To Tweet
Getting Away Needn’t be Complicated
Easy meals, pack light, and go with a flexible heart.
With a hotel room or B&B, they may have a refrigerator available. You can pack these easy ideas:
Greek yogurt, sliced fruit, chicken salad, and a tossed salad.
Will you have access to a gas grill:
Pack boneless chicken slices or burger patties and serve with salad for a quick dinner. Or add some fresh vegetables to the grill such as asparagus, peppers and zucchini.
Or bring precooked chicken, salad, and fruit to make a super-easy dinner.
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Take a look at the area where you’re going ahead of time for ideas of things available to do. A pretty park. Places to walk. Can you bring a bicycle? A local eatery for one meal out. The closest coffee shop.
I know what you’re thinking…
I know what you’re thinking because I felt the same way the first time I went away. How can I leave my family? What about the kids? What about sports practice? What about….
What about My Family at Home?
Good question. I hope you have their blessing to go… they will benefit when you return because you are going to be filled up rather than drained down. This is what I have prepared ahead of time for my family:
Leave a crockpot full of meatballs, rolls, and a tub of salad mix.
Tack the number for the pizza delivery or other take-out options on the fridge.
Easy breakfast options like cereal, fruit, muffins or bagels.
They will do just fine! And so will you.
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Reply in the comments about your plans or dreams for your time away. And, I will pray it will be just what you need.
I will post more about my getaway too, once I go.
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