Extensive reading provided space for learning and relaxation. In addition to the Bible, some of the ministry related books that I read focused on mission and preaching. I did a fair amount of reading on the concept of Sabbath. We have largely lost the concept of Sabbath rest, but it is one of the 10 commandments.
Sharon and I also were blessed by participating in a Mennonite and Brethren Marriage Encounter for pastoral leaders in Maryland for 3 days.
I chose to give a significant amount of time to growth in spiritual disciplines and spiritual direction. I met three times in Lancaster with Marcus Smucker (and once by phone) for spiritual direction. A thorough reading and study of the book “Soul Feast” by Marjorie Thompson proved beneficial. I have developed a ‘Rule of Life’ regarding how I practice spiritual disciplines; this is proving helpful to me. Spiritual refreshing, renewed passion, and prayer: I am seeing changes/fruit in each of these areas.