Women’s Retreat 2018

It’s been about a month since our annual women’s retreat at Twin Lakes Camp and Conference Center in Hillsboro, Indiana, and I am still reminiscing on the joy we shared and the good things God did in our hearts. We had such a relaxing weekend with time to walk through the woods, play fun games, try some new things (like archery tag and knife throwing), connect with other sisters in Christ, and most importantly, worship our amazing Father and learn about His ways together. This year, our theme was Sojourner: Saved, Discerning, Equipped, Thriving. We covered a lot of topics, all centering on the concept that we are just travelers through this journey of life, and this world is not our home; so how do we live and engage in this world now? We had some challenging sessions from different speakers, and a mix of workshops throughout the weekend which covered some topics with more depth, like prayer, marriage, and bible study. I just have a few pictures to share, but we hope that you can come with us next year (May 2-5, 2019), and experience the weekend for yourself!

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Going All In

Happy Tuesday, girls! I heard this song on the radio for the first time on my way home from work earlier, and it was exactly what I needed to hear. Believe it or not (despite my crazy personality), I have struggled with a lot of difficulty in sharing my faith with others outside of Christian settings. God is still working on my heart about that, and sometimes I need a reminder that I want to be ALL IN. Not wading in slowly, not sticking a toe into the water, but choosing to dive head first into the deep end of my faith. There’s no going back once you’ve let go of that cliff.
 
So don’t let fear paralyze you today. What is one thing (just ask God for one, not for a terrifying list) that God wants you to be obedient with today? It may be small or it may be kinda big, but He’s holding you through this–you can do it!! AND SO CAN I!! (Sometimes I need my own encouragement…haha) Jaime told me (and others as well I believe) at retreat that if the enemy can’t get you to sin, he’ll just distract you instead. That was a really important and helpful thought to me! He can’t tempt me with some things (like drugs and alcohol) so he’ll just work with busyness and fear of rejection instead.
 
SO– my challenges for today:
 
1. Listen to this awesome song! 
 
2. Ask God to clarify ONE thing for you to do today. If you ask and really allow him to answer, you’ll know.
 
3. Think and pray about what ways the enemy is working against you. Is it temptation of some clear sin? Or is it something more subtle, like laziness? And then put on the armor of God and be aware of those weaknesses!
 
Love you all, beautiful sisters!

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The Ladies Blog @ White Rock

Last summer, God gave me some really cool insights about stretching my faith and being pushed into uncomfortable situations. He reminded me that life is truly an incredible adventure, and he wants to walk through every moment with me. I hope this is as encouraging to you as it was to me!
 
“You are an adventurer, waking each day to see the mountains and challenges ahead of you. And I am your supplier. Come to me every day and I will give you provisions. I will teach you to set camp, to climb mountains, and to build fires. I will guide you along steep cliffs and through deep ravines. I will show you beautiful things along every path: The flowers, the animals, the waterfalls, and the sunrises. But if you try this trek without me, you will find it dangerous and difficult beyond your understanding. So stay with me. Never lose connection with me. It may not always be simple or painless — it may rain or sleet or blizzard somedays. But do you doubt that I will carry you through every rushing river and make camp to keep you safe through every torrential storm?
 
I AM, my beloved. I never change. Day to day and age to age, I see all things and my understanding is boundless. So keep walking. Keep stepping out on those rope bridges which look terrifying. Keep getting up each day, even when it is cold and wet and awful out. I AM with you always, to the very end of the age.”
 
Much love,
Jaki

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