From now until Wednesday, I'll spend a lot of time in quiet, alone. I'll read a lot, pray a lot, write a lot, and think a lot. I'll study the Bible, I'll study some books, and I'll study my own heart.
This is the second such retreat for me; I found some similar time last fall, when Abbey's surgery was cancelled the first time. I found it to be refreshing in ways that, until then, I didn't know I needed to be refreshed. I came away renewed in my vigor and excitement for my pastoral ministry at Hickory Withe Presbyterian Church, and with a heart given-over to the people of my congregation.
This time, I'm praying for the same. I'm also hopeful that I will be productive in my retreat in more concrete ways (last year's was, too). Here are a few goals for me:
- Pray through the entire congregational roll
- Develop outlines of sermons for the next 4-6 weeks
- Write notes of encouragement to at least 6-8 families in our congregation
- Plan our six-part Advent sermon series
- Lift up the officers and their families in extended prayer
- Write the liturgies for the next 2-3 weeks of Sunday worship
- Journal about how God is renewing my heart
- Finish 2-3 chapters of a book (writing)
- Read through Acts, Genesis, and Romans
If you think of it, I'd be grateful for your prayers during this retreat. God can use it powerfully, and I pray that He would.