SLOW DOWN & CELEBRATE THE AUTUMN
PLAN A PERSONAL AUTUMN RETREAT
2. FOCUS. Deliberately lay all your pressing concerns down as you leave the house. Turn your focus towards Jesus, and ask Him to join you.
3. GO FOR A SENSORY WALK. Our wonderful Father has all sorts of treasures stored up for your enjoyment; slow your pace down and begin to take notice of your surroundings. Then, using each of your senses in turn, ask Him to help you to tune in to His creation. As you become aware of things, enjoy His delight (He has pronounced it all ‘very good’), and talk to Him about them; sharing your pleasure, wonder, thanksgiving and praise.
4. RESPOND. Take time to respond to these grace-gifts. Take photos, paint, draw, write a poem, sing a song, collect materials for a table decoration—whatever works for you—this is about heart-response, not artistic ability.
5. GO DEEPER. Then allow yourself to become silent inside; turn your heart again towards the Great Creator, and ask Him to share His heart.
6. RECORD. Take a few minutes to write down the thoughts and impressions as they come to mind.
Jesus promised that rivers of living water would flow from your inner being, so let that river of refreshment flow.
AND IF YOU CAN’T GET OUTSIDE?
- Use the pause button (top left) to choose one photograph to focus on, and look at it carefully.
- Become very still inside.
- Turn your heart of affection towards the Lord.
- Ask Him to speak to you. Listen with your heart.
- Write down what He says.
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[**Photo Credits: Aaron Burden(pumpkins, bench); Alexandru Zdrobau (leaf); Erik Witzoe ( shining light); Siska Vrijburg (toadstool), Piotr Laskawaski (hedgehog); Matthew Pla (lake house); Peter Askhoff (leafy road)@ Unsplash, with thanks]