Need a Peace Retreat?

How many of you are ready for a peace retreat?

You don’t have to head off to a cabin in the woods (that does sound nice, though!) or rent a private hotel suite for this escape. It’s as close as your back yard.

You won’t need to pack a suitcase, just a light backpack will do. Put in a picnic blanket, your Bible, a favorite devotional or inspirational poetry book, a bottle of water, your journal and pen (oh, and Reese cups add a nice touch!).

You don’t need more than a half hour, although longer is better. Find a comfortable spot in the shade, stretch out, relax, and ask Jesus to spend some time with you. He knows all about peace.

“For He, Himself is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14) and His yoke is easy, His burden light. Listen to the invitation He offers you today:

[box]“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)[/box]

Don’t take your laptop, your cell phone, even your dog. If you have young ones, take picture books for them and explain this is time for quiet, rest, and peace (or you may chose to do this alone during their nap time). If you’re at work reading this right now–block out a time on your daily planner, and then keep this appointment!

Suggested passages to read and pray through:

Psalm 4; 34; 46; 116 Isaiah 25:1-9; 26:1-8; 40:11-14, 28-31; 41:10, 13 Hebrews 4 John 17

Let me know how it goes!

Originally posted 06.21.10 at 


  • Debbie S

    Thanks Kimberly. The Lord knew this is exactly what I needed to hear today. I’ve been struggling with chaos in my life and being reminded to make time for a peace retreat is very appropriate.
    The ironic thing is that in this season of my life (with the kids grown and being home-bound during the week) I do have plenty of opportunities for peace and quiet. The issue is how I chose to spend that time. I have to choose to turn off the TV, radio, or the computer and then turn off my mind from all the worries and cares that so easily invade my peace.
    For me finding peace means changing my thinking and resting in His love.
    For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
    (2 Corinthians 10:3-6 ESV)
    Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Debbie ~

    I love the verses you listed here! 2 Corinthians 10:3–6 and Phil 4:4–9 are passages I often encourage women to practice as spiritual “exercise” almost like working out physically, in order to train our minds to think biblically, which will keep us in perfect peace (Isa. 26:3).

    I’m home from the Revive Tour . . . what an awesome event . . . and preparing my heart for the week ahead. Thank you for praying as one who has understanding, friend!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Jodi ~

    Wow, I posted this a little early didn’t I? When I posted this, it was beautiful sunny weather in the 70s here, but today I’m snuggled in front of a crackling fire with cold, soupy weather outside. I was in Dallas and Houston this week with warm, muggy weather, but came home to the cold!

    Enjoy your retreat wherever you can find it, friend! Good to hear from you!