I did it. I set aside January 8th for a morning of solitary hospitality or a spiritual retreat. With my husband's blessing, I drove to my local library and sequestered myself in one of their quiet rooms. Sequestered might be too strong of a word for a room with glass walls that are connected on 3 sides to other glass encased rooms.
So, there I sat in the little glass room with my Bible, scripture memory note cards, journal and a couple of other books. I always write my prayers out in my journal (it keeps my mind focused) so I poured out the thoughts and emotions to God in the journal. The time was well spent and good.
The silence of the glass room was deafening. The urge to people watch was a huge temptation. And the chairs were incredibly uncomfortable.
What did I learn from the experience?
I learned that I am too accustomed to noise and chaos! Sitting still in a silent room, knowing that no one would disturb me was uncomfortable. I think this type of retreat requires discipline and is a learned practice.
Did the experience meet my expectations?
I'm not sure. I don't really know what I expected. Certainly not an audible voice but some kind of direction or vision for the year. That didn't really happen. Which is OK but not really what I hoped would happen.
Will I do it again?
Maybe, but probably NOT at the library.
Many of you commented on the challenge post that a solitary retreat was something you need to do. Were you able to make the time for solitary hospitality in January? Were you able to use any of *carrie*'s solitary retreat tips? If so, please share your experience in the comments or blog about it and leave us the link to your post.