My Retreat

 

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore we do not lose heart.
Though outwardly we are wasting away,
yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us
an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.”

“Malawi…Peter is in Malawi” I answer when everyone asks where he is.

    He is gone for a month.

    The first night away from him I was in a daze. I looked around. No one was there. Amen. No honestly Amen. It doesn’t sound like I miss him, but I do. There are countless times in a day I want to hear his voice or even watch my phone buzz knowing it’s him on the other line. 

    But he is not my everything. God is. 

    This is where God has us right now in our engagement and we are both happy because this month away is only going to make us stronger as a couple. Readers do not miss this part. I am not talking about our distance and lack of communication. I am talking about what we are doing in our month away. He is in Malawi serving missionaries, welding, and serving  the people living there. I am on a retreat! This is our separate season and we are taking advantage of it by serving Christ. I am overwhelmed by how far God is bringing us as a couple and as individuals.  I don’t know the girl I was a year ago. She is a stranger. 

    This retreat has been awakening to what God is doing in my heart. I have been able to catch up with old friends and get started on more ministry projects, and dive into the word. He is preparing me to become a partner, a companion,  a mother, and missionary with Peter. Some areas need more work than others but pardon my progress. When Peter comes back he will be different as well. Both of us stronger in Christ than we were when we said good by for a month. 

https://hylachamberlain.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/the-gentlemen/

https://hylachamberlain.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/going-to-the-chapel/

 

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19 thoughts on “My Retreat

  1. I love this! What a wonderful perspective you have about your time apart. And I would love to have more time alone with God… it doesn’t mean I don’t love my husband and son at all!! It just means this is a crazy world we live in, and we need margin to create space for true communion with our Creator!🙂

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  2. Being alone, especially with God, recharges us – we all need that. I think it’s a great testament to your relationship that you not only can “handle” it but you can grow and serve through times apart.🙂

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  3. Love this!! I love it when I get even small moments to be with the Lord, and work on the things He has set before me. I have a week long retreat from my family coming up. Though I miss them greatly in these times, I know it is best for all of us, and for me to be growing in the Lord.

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  4. After a three-day honeymoon, my dad was gone with the military for the first eight months of my parents’ marriage. I can’t believe how strong of a woman my mom is. I love how you chose to see the strengthening in your situation.

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    1. Jeeeze! No thank you. I’m tank full for women like your mom who stay strong for our country back at home hie your dad goes and fights for us.

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  5. Love your heart for God. This is what’s going to see you through life’s storms after you are married. Find yourselves in God. So beautiful. Praying blessing over you both and your relationship.

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