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make the journey part of the retreat...

I'm currently on retreat with 14 of the coolest youth pastors I know. Tomorrow we get to hear from Mark Yaconelli and I am certain that insights will be gained in abundance, but today has been the day to begin the retreat.

Yesterday, my friend Christy and her mom told me that I needed to make the journey part of the retreat. My weariness has started to really show through, so the journey needed to be part of the recovery process for me. Little did I know I definitely was in for retreat from life as I know it the minute we hit the road.

Five of us took off together (it was supposed to be six but one was sick and couldn't make it) and headed our way south. We took our time this morning getting out of the city, getting some breakfast, some snacks, and the itrip for the ipods.

We traveled and stopped in Tularosa for lunch and laughed and discussed and began this process of being away from our lives and our jobs. I turned my phone off shortly after leaving the city, and won't turn it back on until Sunday. That is a good feeling.

We stopped again to pick up some pistachios, then again at the old apple barn. By the time we had that stop we were all cracking each other up and I brought up the idea of making the journey part of the retreat. We all agreed that we had done nothing short of that, and that we were all already feeling a lot better than the day before.

Now I'm just going to try to really live in the moment down here, enjoy the torrential downpours of rain, and be at peace with myself and my surroundings. That is something that I find extremely difficult to do most of the time, but I'm trying to let go and let God do some things in my heart and mind this weekend. Hopefully that will happen.
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