Things I learned on a 3 Day Mom Retreat
For the first time all three of my teens, my youngest children, left together for 8 days with their youth group. At first I felt a little lost, but then I decided to seize the moment. And head west for a MOM RETREAT. There are a few things I learned on this trip.
If you find yourself facing a few days alone, and an open calendar, AND there is a place you have wanted to visit…GO! As I quickly considered, then planned this trip I knew there was one place I wanted to go, the North Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. I’ve wanted to visit this National Park for a couple of years, but because of the distance from our home we haven’t been able to schedule the amount of days our family would need for such a long road trip. But guess what? I gathered some camping gear, filled a little cooler and headed off.
Hiking alone, might not be advised, but it is GLORIOUS. Making my way to the North Rim early in the morning, I got to do a 3 mile hike, alone. I did text my husband before I took off on foot, letting him know where I was and when I planned to be back to my car. It was about 6 am and there was NO ONE else on the trail. I couldn’t believe it and thoroughly enjoyed the solitude.
Support is good, but facing fear when it is just you and God is faith building. I have struggled with FEAR all of my life. Every once in awhile I discover that while I’ve taken back much ground, there are more deep places where fear resides in me. FEAR tried to cloud my view that morning, but I did battle with the thoughts in my head. By reciting Scripture and audibly giving thanks for every little thing that I saw and heard on that trail, I had the most marvelous time. I had to draw from the Well by myself, and I am changed, strengthened.
The next adventure I take like this, I am hoping to do with a friend. There is nothing I would change about my 3 days exploring alone, but now I want to go on an adventure with one of my girl friends!
How about you, have you taken a Mom Retreat alone?