My Strategic Withdrawal, CITW Part 1

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Sometimes in life you need to retreat. You need to reach over and hit the pause button so that you can regroup. Current events becoming too overwhelming? ….pause button.  Work driving you mad? ….pause button.  Feeling like you’re spinning your wheels not getting anywhere? …pause button. Family/Friends/Children acting irrational? ….pause button. Feel like you’re losing yourself? ….pause button.

When you find yourself wanting to hit pause more than play, it’s time to go on a retreat; A voluntary withdrawal.

I found such a place. A magical gem, so hidden, so secluded, Christ in the Wilderness is a place for spirit repair. God is the doctor and solitude the necessary ingredient for rehabilitation.  You do not have to be of a particular faith. There is no program. Just three tiny hermitages and open trails enticing you to take the first step towards restoration.

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This time allows for a brain adjustment. Something I desperately needed. For the next few days I am going to describe my time at Christ in the Wilderness and how it has helped me.

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I have lovingly called this place, an Introvert’s Paradise. No TVs, no internet, no cell service, no socializing. For me, it is exactly what I needed to be able to hear myself think. Living in a loud world, I tend to get lost. Or more descriptively, I tend to get lost in its current.

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So I hope you will take this journey with me….an exciting pilgrimage to clarity.

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13 responses to “My Strategic Withdrawal, CITW Part 1

  1. I cannot wait to watch this unfold! Thank you so much for putting it up here for us to enjoy vicariously!

  2. I was just writing a blog post similar to what your feeling yesterday! This was
    the only nature “retreat” I could take now. (I am an extreme introvert also.) I always love your posts!

    Monday, September 21, 2015
    A convergence of events
    In isolation manageable
    Yet now a relentless pile-up of life.
    And we find ourselves
    Weary to our very soles
    And much worse, soul weary.
    Requiring so much more than mere sleep.
    We need rest.

    I’ve found myself recently in a stress-induced, work-induced, sorry-state-of-the-world induced funk.
    Not any serious depression, but a lack of joy. Then I discovered that simply watching beautiful nature videos, with music, and natural sounds restored me. It widened my vision and let “me” melt away in the much bigger scope of life. I could feel joy in witnessing the power and beauty of He Who created and sustains this incredible world. My hope is that another might find this helpful for them also.

    “Come unto Me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Mt. 11:28
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    • Hi Karen, my fellow introvert! 😀
      Your post is beautiful! I know exactly what you mean by a lack of joy in this go go go world. How wonderful is the Father, isn’t He? He doesn’t leave us in that funk, but gives us the power of the Word to resuscitate us! All we have to do is go to Him.
      Thank you so much for sharing your post….lovely!

  3. Oh, that sounds absolutely wonderful! I am so glad places like this exist! There is something like this in Juneau, Alaska, that I want so badly to go stay at. I just need to figure out the time and cost of flying there. 🙂 Can’t wait to see the rest of your posts on this! Love the broken fence in your painting!

  4. I can’t wait to hear more about this!

  5. Sounds amazing, and I concur with David: thank you for allowing us to live vicariously through you! Enjoy it!

  6. These are awe inspiring posts, Christine. I see a book here? Don’t you??

  7. Pingback: Return to Retreat CITW | Let's Paint Nature!

  8. Loving the information on this website, you have done outstanding job on the articles.

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