Spiritual Practice


Jessica Lippe & April Oberholtzer

During high school, I spent my summers working at a Christian retreat camp. After college, I worked with retreats year-round. Seeing people refreshed and drawn to the Lord motivated me to work tirelessly. I served others a long time before I realized that I too needed a retreat.

In Mark 6:30–31, the apostles tell Jesus all they have done; and he says to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

The Lord wants us to pour ourselves out in ministry and service, whether we are witnessing to classmates, volunteering in the church nursery, or working with a local charity. But God also designed us to be poured into, to be spiritually recharged. Find time this month for at least a one-day retreat. Look for a ministry in your area that organizes retreats, or create your own. Take time to unwind and to soak up God’s word. You may be surprised at how focused and energized you are when you return to serving others.

—Jessica Lippe


REFLECT ON MATTHEW 14:14–23: Crowds of people followed Jesus, and he healed and fed them. Then, he withdrew alone to a mountain to pray. Christ’s example of getting away from his ministry in order to spend time with his heavenly father encourages us to take time away from our responsibilities and to submit ourselves to God. No matter how busy or important our lives may be, God takes priority.

—April Oberholtzer

—from devozine (March/April 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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