Monday, January 25, 2010
Create Rest: Peace Retreat
A deep breath follows reading that word or thinking about it. Peace is something I long for, something I seek, something I find when I come to Him!
I've had this post bookmarked for a few months and have thought of numerous ways of bringing this into our home. Creating a peace retreat.
This ended up being the simplest, most obvious solution - yet, it took me the longest to figure out. Isn't that the way it is?
A free chair + a tv tray covered with a small cloth and thrift store lamp + a notebook and carefully selected reading material (prayer material, worship material) = a place that peace can come.
This retreat is tucked in the corner of our bedroom. It has been a retreat to me multiple times already and I am so thankful for it.
A friend calls with a prayer request and I sit down to record her needs in my notebook ... we pray right then. It is a place of peace.
A child is disobedient and peace needs to be restored. We talk, we discipline, we pray together, a hug and a snuggle ~ it is a place of peace.
It is quiet time, my mind and heart are frazzled ~ but, I can come to this place and rest. Read. Refresh. Be still. Be quiet. It is a place of peace.
Littles are tucked in for the night - I long for peace. Pour a cup of tea - the heat of it in itself slows me down, quiets my frenzy, settles my pace. Gathering a book and a treat and it is ministry to my soul and spirit.
My children are playing outside and I want a peace retreat outside - moving a pillow and carrying a quilt with me are the only efforts needed to create a place of peace there. Now, I gently swing, read, hear their sweet voices. It is a place of peace.
Best of all, I can carry this peace in my heart regardless of my location. How do you create peace in your heart and home?