A Women's Retreat

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Last weekend, I laughed, I shed tears, I prayed, and I played. I experienced Jesus in a quiet and personal way, and in an open and communal way at my church's women's retreat.

It was my first time attending a weekend retreat . . . I'm so glad I went. Even though I was rarely alone, I enjoyed more quiet moments than I've had in years. Now, I feel rested and rejuvenated - calm - in a way that I did not expect.

I have a folder full of papers and notes from the weekend, and I know that it will take me longer than these two days to mentally process it all. But for now, these were my favorite moments:

(1) A room full of women, singing Open The Eyes of My Heart, Lord, a cappella.

(2) Staying up late, drinking wine, laughing and talking (for two nights in a row!) with friends.

(3) Stepping way out of my comfort zone and anointing one another with oil (a cross on the forehead). All the hugs that came along with that were great, too.

(4) The meditative reading of scripture, where Pastor Kristin asked us to put ourselves in the story . . . "Why are you coming to Jesus?" and "How do you need to be healed?" The challenge of those questions, coupled with the imagery of being in the story was powerful.

(5) My private time in the Spirituality Center, where I got to write a prayer and just think.

(6) Shopping with friends and finding these items of inspiration:

and purchasing this one:

(7) The large wooden cross, covered with Post-It Note prayer requests. Those prayers were read out loud in the most gentle way.

(8) Discovering (being reminded, actually) that so many of us share the same struggles. No one is ever alone.

(9) Power walking on the beach with friends, in the warm sun. I brought my camera, but left the battery at home, and my cell phone back in the room. I was disappointed, because I wanted to share pictures of the beautiful beach, but I think I needed to simply enjoy the walk - which I did.

(10) Coming home.

Have you ever been on a women's retreat? Was it rewarding in an unexpected way?

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6 Responses to “A Women's Retreat”

  1. Sounds like an awesome time. I've never been on a woman's retreat, but I'd love to someday.

  2. My (then) 21 year old daughter and I attended True Woman 2010 and it was an amazing life-changing conference for both of us! We are planning to go to True Woman 2012, and we're taking a BUNCH of women with us!

  3. Sounds awesome! A real retreat from the world. Love it!


  4. I have been on one women's retreat - actually more of a conference - and I went alone so no wine with friends for me!  I plan to attend a weekend retreat in April and I cannot wait.  Thanks for sharing!

  5. Sounds like an amazing weekend and I love the ways to bless children every day. Though I'd love to, I haven't been to a retreat like that before, but have attended a couple of women's conferences including Women of Faith which were amazing.

  6. isn't a retreat such a wonderful, uplifting experience?!  good for you!  The last retreat I was on was a mother/daughter retreat...you cam just imagine...
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