It was a goosebump kinda weekend ... not the goosebumps you get from a creepy movie but the kind you get from epiphanies, sentimental moments, great memories, gut-splitting laughter, and thoughts of deep meaning.
The weekend for Anne and I was spiritually refreshing with much fellowship and discussion about what is the spiritual vision of a writer. (more on that in future blog posts) I loved some of Anne's thoughts and connected with her on more than one level. The biggest takeaway was knowing our writing, though not yet published, as a purpose NOW. We shared stories of readers who've we've dared to let read our work and the things the Lord has taught them or blessed them with. If one person can be drawn closer to Jesus through our piddly attempt at writing, then we know, it is not time wasted.
Our time at our favorite hideaway over biscotti and coffee was delightful. Anne planned her Acknowledgments page for her yet unpublished, unagented, unedited book (LOL) and I'm afraid we almost got kicked out at the expense of our raucous laughter. "I'd like to thank my Kindergarten teacher for teaching A, B, C, & D ..." and so on. Guess you had to be there ;)
I think most of all, aside from planning our futures as best selling authors *wink, wink*, I benefited from refreshment. Peace. Tranquility. My kiddos were hidden away at their favorite place (Nanny and Poppy's) and my husband was content doing his thing...so for a rare moment, no one was crying out: "mommy", "jaime", "hr director" ... It was an odd feeling and even awkward feeling to just ... relax.
So what about you? When was your latest retreat? How do you refresh in a world of go-go-go?