Saturday, February 26, 2011

Women's Retreat--QM

I've been wanting to write for a week about my time last weekend. My sister Holly, our good friend and neighbor Katie McCord, and I went to Lakeveiw retreat center from Friday night to Sunday afternoon for a getaway with the women from our church; we ate wonderful food, played racquetball and ping-pong, swam in an indoor pool, soaked in their hot tub, and heard some powerful messages by our friend Mary Katherine Jauchen. I was so blessed and refreshed that I'd like to share a few highlights.

The song "For those tears I died":

Jesus, I give You my heart and my soul,
I know that without God I'd never be whole;
Savior, You opened all the right doors,
And I thank You and praise You from earth's humble shores;
Take me, I'm Yours.

And Jesus said, "Come to the water, stand by My side, I know you are thirsty, you won't be denied; I felt ev'ry teardrop when in darkness you cried, And I strove to remind you that for those tears I died.
I hadn't heard this song for years; frankly, it made me cry. It also reminded me that God wants to satisfy our hunger; we "won't be denied." I get discouraged by the way I have good intentions and desires but don't always follow through on them. This brings me to another highlight...

The meditation by Thomas Merton:
We received this on an index card; I stapled it into my journal because it was just that good--

"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going, I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain were it will end. Nor do I really know myself; and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you."
The scripture

Mary Katherine's theme was Living Water from the book of John. The story that hit closest to home was from John 5:1-15, the one about the crippled man at the pool of Bethesada. The first question Jesus asked him was "Do you want to be made well?" John 5:6b. That is such a tough question--I say that I want to have a close walk with Christ, but how often am I willing to make time in the Word and in prayer a priority? Fortunately the messages not only pricked my conscience, they also reminded me that I need to rely on God's grace to do this work in me rather than merely my own efforts.

The fellowship:

I might have missed my husband and my kiddos, but spending time with my sister, Katie, and many old and new friends from FBC was well worth the time away. I now like to say that "real fellowship happens in a hot tub!" Fun times!

Now that you've read some of my deep thoughts, how about some fun pictures of what my children were doing while I was away? Ethan was busy being super-daddy!
Dorie+frosting=yummy messes
Look who is hard at work...licking the beaters! Isn't this the best job ever?
Here's a red letter day...Dorie's first game! Some day soon she might graduate to Candyland! It will probably be a few years before Settlers and Dominion!


  1. I love the "yummy mess" picture. Dorie's bears are dressed like her in pink. Can't wait to get a hold of sweet baby James again.

  2. I was talking to your mom this week and mentioned how I love this blog. She said I need to tell you so. So now I did! =) Love having a peek into your lives.