Girls Write Out
Thursday, March 31, 2011
I've been reading about "silent retreats" and wondered about them for a couple of years now. Though I love to talk, I think I'd really like to attend a silent retreat where the only One I talk to is God.

The way I understand it, you go to a lovely setting, many times it's a monastery, where your meals are provided, you have your own room, a beautiful gardens outside to walk through and benches on which to pause and reflect upon the Lord and His goodness.

I understand why busy moms want solitude, but my kids are grown and I have quiet in my house all day (except for the dog and cat). But there's something so inviting about going somewhere, away from life's duties, and just spending a whole weekend with God.

Have you ever done it? What was it like?

Sometimes it's not possible to get away, so we have to make do in smaller ways. An afternoon walk, a trip to the park, hiding out in the bathroom. And then if you have a great imagination, you can just slip away in your mind . . . . ;-)

So how do you get away and refresh your spirit?

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Diann Hunt  
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At 1:18 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

When I had to drive thirty minutes to work every morning, that was my quiet time with God. When I started hiking alone, that became my quiet time with God. Now I can sit out in the sunroom. And may I just say that I had quite a talk with God today. More like a debate. Only He wasn't answering back, so I just got louder and louder. He sent the cats to surround me on the chair and calm me down. Three of them. I can't move.
Praying for you today, Di.

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

To me, that sounds more like a nightmare than a retreat. There's already way too much silence in my life. I find it much more refreshing to spend time with God's people. As God said when he created Adam, "It is not good that man should be alone." I also think it is significant that when God chose to create a place for us in heaven, he chose to create a city. I suppose there is nothing wrong with getting off by one's self once in a while, even Jesus did from time to time, but God sure does go to a lot of trouble to bring us all together.

 
At 2:58 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

LOL, Cheryl! I'll bet it's really nice hiking and talking with God out in nature!

Timothy, I love being with people, too, but there's no denying I need that alone time with the Lord without the distraction of others.

 
At 2:58 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I've had to learn how to have these silent retreats by myself since there's always so much chaos around me. For me, that means a good Bubble Bath with my Kindle, a candle and luxurious soap. : )

 
At 3:07 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Okay, Kris, don't tell Mel you're reading your Kindle in the tub. He won't let me. (I only do it when he's not around ;-)

Diann, we do have a friend who goes to the silent retreat and loves it. I think she goes back every year. She isn't Catholic, but I think she goes to a Catholic monastery. I think it sounds delightful.

 
At 5:51 PM, OpenID Alecia Bates said...

I think a silent retreat sounds wonderful. My children are also gone but my house is far from quiet. My husband makes up for them being gone with the TV volume on 80!:-/
I "get away" in the books I read. Each book takes me somewhere new and different. I love books... ya'll keep 'em coming. :)

 
At 7:45 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Diann's book will be out in just a few months. I can't wait to read it!

 
At 9:19 PM, Blogger jel said...

now this is something , that i can get into! :)

I love the silents,
I haven't been to a retreat,

but ya can slip away in your mind,I do it alot,

I have told this before, but it is so cool, I love to take walks in the snow, well one winter went for a walk to this cave up from dad, and mom's bottom land, it was a good hike. when I got to the top.
I stood there with my eyes closed and my ears open, I could hear the snow falling, it was so cool

 
At 1:16 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

There are 2 Catholic retreat centers here in Indianapolis that provide either group or individual silent retreats. I haven't been able to go...I need help and my DH can't get off work for that long...but I've been told they are WONDERFUL! I would give my eye teeth to go some day.

 

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