Nearly two weeks ago, I had the immense privilege of attending a Refresh Retreat hosted by my friend Sandy Traugott. I'd like to share it with you through pictures and captions. It's funny that "Refresh" was my "one word" for 2013, and I still need it now more than ever.
|Sandy is a veteran home school mom|
whose children are all grown.
She is a seasoned saint,
well-acquainted with the trials of life,
but filled with a flourishing love of Jesus.
She inspires me.
|Drop your cell phones here!|
This is a day to get away
(But it's there if you need it.)
|A time to breathe and stretch,|
in a posture of devotion and worship.
It's called DoxaSoma, an integration
of Christian prayer and movement.
Pray and praise with body and soul.
I loved it. Sandy brought the mats.
|After a time of listening |
to worship music,
we each sat with our own
Bibles and journals,
turned to Colossians,
and asked God to speak
into our hearts
as we reflected on his Word.
This was not a lecture and workshop retreat.
It was mainly a silent retreat.
|Communion was available |
to take in solitude as we wished.
|Plenty of healthy snacks - strawberries, |
hummus and gluten-free crackers,
lemon water, a variety of teas...
We also brought our own lunches.
|Only six ladies come to each retreat.|
One of my fellow participants
is my son-in-law's sweet grandmother.
Chatting on the porch with her,
I find that she hosted dozens of ladies' retreats
at her mountain cabin in North Carolina.
Between that and visiting missionaries,
2,000 people from 20 nations
stayed overnight at Higher Ground
which is now available for week-long rentals.
She is also active in homeless ministry,
as are most of the others who came that day.
Shirley's hospitality and grace astound me.
I am so grateful for the
family legacy she lives
for my soon-to-be born grandson Lucas.
|Art time with lots of supplies - |
a way to creatively express
who we are in Christ,
and who we want to become in him.
|Everyone else made |
collages from magazines.
We ended our day with a brief time
of sharing what we had learned,
encouraging and praying for one another.
|Our view out the window |
of the condo clubhouse...
I went outside later
to take pictures by the lake.
You can see them here
in this related hymn post:
What a Friend We Have in Jesus.
What a refreshing day!
If you live in the Orlando area, and would like to attend one of Sandy's free day long (9 AM - 4 PM) retreats, please visit her web site here: Refresh Retreat.
Note on February 10: I finally finished journaling through Colossians 4. Here are my Good Words!
Grace and peace,
P.S. Please enjoy one of the songs of worship from the retreat... "I Need You Now" by Matt Redman. I downloaded it for my iPod, of course.