Spent some time on a sabbatical retreat. Only four hours long. Through my counseling I am learning that God calls me closer to Godself when I am willing to set aside intentional time.

I find that I can, honestly, go about two solid hours before I find myself beginning to become distracted. That isn’t to say that two hours isn’t a long time, because it is; rather, it’s a reminder for myself that even a year ago, I’d be elated to simply be in God’s presence for thirty minutes.

I am learning. God is drawing me in. I am growing. My word for this retreat was, “Surrender.” Let go of the monetary, of the fleshly, of the temporal. Focus on the eternal matters: people, their needs — physical and spiritual and emotional. Show them.