Why do I take personal spiritual retreats? Today is a brief reflection on the most recent of my retreats taken in the beautiful county of Hampshire.

I spent three nights away in a tiny hut walking, praying, reading, thinking, reflecting and planning. I used the book of Haggai as the focus of my study and allowed it to form the theme of my retreat. My main prayer scripture from the book was, ““so that I may take pleasure in it and be honoured,” says the LORD.” (Haggai 1:8 NIV11). This was one of my best ever retreats. I came back with only a few insights, but they were profound.

Have you taken a personal spiritual retreat? If so, what are your top tips? If you haven’t, what’s stopping you? Would you like to correspond that I might help you figure out ways to make it work?

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm