Finding the time to attend a Bible retreat might seem impossible for any busy mom. However, finding time to dig deeper into God’s Word is a must. So what’s a mom to do? Yesterday, I shared steps 1 and 2 to scheduling a Bible retreat right in your own home? If you plan ahead, you may be surprised at how easy it will be to find those times of solitude.
Prepare activities for the kids to do that will keep them busy for large blocks of time so that you can have big chunks of quiet time. Purchasing new and inexpensive puzzles and non-toxic puzzle glue is one great idea. By the end of the weekend, you will probably have a whole gallery of puzzle art. Renting movies that are kid-friendly and have been recently released is another great idea. If your kids have never seen the movie, they will probably sit through the entire two-hour show. Be sure you have popcorn and juice boxes ready for movie snacking. Also make sure your husband will be home during the weekend that you select for your Bible retreat. Purchase a new kickball and sidewalk chalk and let the kids have fun with dad outdoors.
Plan what scripture you will study during your Bible retreat. I’m currently working through the book of Ephesians. Over the summer, I studied 1 John. There are so many wonderful books of the Bible, so this should be the easiest step. Get your highlighters and journal ready. Purchase a special coffee blend to make your early morning quiet time a little extra special. Treat yourself to a few of your favorite snacks and canned soft drinks. Splurge on a fragrant candle that will create a calming atmosphere. Purchase a few new songs by your favorite Christian artists from iTunes and buy some bath salts. Build in at least one relaxing soak in the tub before the weekend is over.
It is my prayer that you will give yourself permission to go on a Bible Retreat – even if it is your own home. Plan ahead and the weekend should run smoothly and be very rewarding as you dive into God’s Word and get to know Him better.