A spiritual retreat is a period of quietness, stillness, and rest. It is a time set apart to focus on God and keep typical daily distractions away. People usually embark on spiritual retreats in strategic times of their life like when they’re about to start season or end another. However, spiritual retreats are not restricted to beginnings and endings only. They can be done at any time.
In fact, there are certain periods in your life when you should initiate a retreat by yourself regardless of the time. Spiritual retreats are times of refreshing, renewal, and illumination. You encounter God in new ways and learn more about yourself from Him.
There are certain signs that indicate that a Christian needs to embark on a spiritual retreat soon.
Even though you can just randomly decide to go on a retreat, the presence of certain signs in your life is proof that you certainly need a spiritual retreat.
Prioritizing your spiritual life involves paying attention to signs and inclinations that indicate that you need to retreat.
Just as certain signs and symptoms indicate that we need to see a doctor, or we need to rest well, or we need to exercise, there are signs show us that our spiritual life needs reenergizing.
When you see these signs, schedule a spiritual retreat immediately.
You feel empty, clueless, tired, or overwhelmed
This happens to even the best of us. Life and its cares have a way of getting to us. The different dimensions of life; happy times, sad times, busy times, scary times, confusing times, and more. Life is a not too perfect blend of different things that can lead us to feeling different type of ways.
If you are no longer in control of your emotions or feelings of emptiness, confusion, tiredness, and weakness have overtaken you, schedule an immediate retreat.
You are starting or ending a season or phase
This is a very important one. Don’t start or end seasons in your life without God.
Be it a new school year, job, age, promotion, family, child, etc, it is necessary to set some time apart to go into your closet and be with God.
Seasons are very spiritual and should not be approached or ended peripherally.
You are more physically conscious than you are spiritually conscious
When you find yourself more in tune with things of this world than you are with things that are above, it’s a confirmatory sign that you need to refocus.
Many times, we allow ourselves get immersed in this world and its cares that our true self (our spirit man) is choked under all of the drama.
This can be as a result of a busy job, godless friends, tough situations, challenges, or even the daily news on TV.
If you have begun to think more logically than spirituality, something is wrong. If you prioritize your emotions and logic over the word of God and discernment, you need a retreat.
Something in your life needs to change
If your life has been static for long and you can’t feel growth in your spiritual life and other areas of your life, something is definitely wrong and needs to be changed. Schedule a retreat immediately if you feel stagnant.
Likewise, there are times that you may feel a shift in your spirit, but you can’t see it physically manifest, set some time apart, and be with God.
The fruits of the spirit are no longer evident in your life
This is a serious indication that your time with God has been robbed.
Our behavior and actions are different when we’re distant from God. If you are constantly irritated, angry, emotional, sad, lustful, bitter, prideful, and boastful, you definitely know that the flesh is slowly creeping and taking over.
The fruits of the spirit such as gentleness, kindness, love, compassion, and more, manifest in our life when we stay near to God.
The presence of things like evil and wicked thoughts is a manifestation of the fruits of the flesh in your life and should make you go on a retreat.
You haven’t gone on a spiritual retreat in a while
Sometimes you don’t need a sign. This is all the sign you need.
If you have not gone on a spiritual retreat in a while, you’re undoubtedly missing out on a lot. Schedule one immediately.
The next post I’ll make will be on HOW TO GO ABOUT A SPIRITUAL RETREAT AND ACTIVITIES YOU CAN CARRY OUT DURING YOUR RETREAT.
What other signs make you know that you need a retreat?
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