Tip: Take a day just for you to reconnect with God.
I worked with a pastor who had the daily habit of walking through the woods, spending an hour or more with God. It's his way of connecting with God. Imagine, having time to connect with God on a regular basis. I have quiet time and personal devotions. I manage to have them almost every day. But even with a daily quiet time, I often wish I had the opportunity and time to be able to spend time with God.
This weeks tip is one that you can and should make part of your ministry career; take a day for you to reconnect with God! This isn't just your 30 minute morning study. This is an all-day retreat; just you and God!
Find a day in your schedule where you can make everything go away. No meetings, no appointments, no phone calls, no people. Set that day as your day with God. Think of a place where you will be left alone with little to no distractions. Give yourself 8 to 10 hours, if possible. Take only your bible, a notebook, and maybe your ipod with music that draws you into God's presence. Turn your phone off. Leave the iPad in the car. Spend the next couple of hours with God.
Read His word. Sit quietly and listen. Journal your thoughts. Write what you think God is speaking to you. Dream with God. And let God give you His dreams.
You can take a lunch or choose to fast. The point is, be alone with God. Reconnect with Him.
Let the important people know what you are doing and where you will be and that you want to be alone.