It’s taken me a week to get this post up, but probably because I am still processing what happened last weekend on CCF Women’s Retreat or, as I affectionately call it, “Girls Gone Wild 2010.”
In recent months, the women’s community at CCF has taken a lot of flack for not being very tight. I think, perhaps, it is because this year we have an EXCEPTIONAL group of guys at CCF who have really raised the bar in Godliness and community. The guys enjoyed a great weekend two weekends ago camping with about 18 of them.
We’ve had a lot of closeness among smaller groups of the women but the community as a whole has had some sort of void. Of course, this has been very hard for me, seeing as how I don’t have the time to devote to the girls as much as I’d love to. For me, women’s ministry is where it is at. I get so much joy and excitement when I see women seeking the face of God as a whole. There is a beautiful thing about a woman’s heart, especially that of a young woman in college. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to spend time pouring into these girls when I can. This was actually one of the ways I have been able to see God’s hand in our foster children leaving is that I now have more time to spend with these women.
A few weeks before the retreat some of the girls came to me and asked me to help out with the planning. They and Michael’s intern, Kelsie had done most of the foundation laying for the retreat and had done a great job. So, over the last two weeks or so before, we worked tirelessly planning schedule, menu, devotionals, teaching sessions, worship, etc. etc. We had no idea how many girls would come. The time came to sign up and we had a total of 30 girls sign up! It was amazing, especially because there were some newer girls there or girls who were definitely not as connected.
The weekend was spent identifying the name we give our selves, how we label ourselves based upon what others say about us or our past experiences and the lies we believe about ourselves and then examining the scriptures for what God says about who we are. I had the honor of sharing around the campfire Saturday night, sharing my own personal testimony and encouraging the ladies with the the truth that, as believers, we are new creations in Christ; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corin 5:17). Walls were torn down in the girls’ hearts and they exposed the lies that Satan tells them and replaced them with truth. Then, Saturday night, God used some of his humble servants to lead their sister to Christ for the first time in small group time. It was so amazing to see the Holy Spirit use those women in each others’ lives. Rather than trying to write out all my thoughts in coherent sentences, I think I’ll use Michael’s Mind Dump format…some silly, and some serious.
- Taking 30 women on a women’s retreat is unheard of!
- Julie Geisler is the Queen of Building Fires..she kept us warm all weekend.
- There’s just something magical about not showering and wearing the same clothes for 2 days.
- I am really going to miss Kelsie leading worship. She is definitely an annointed servant (with an incredible voice I could listen to all day).
- “Overcome” by Desperation Band is one of the most amazing songs I’ve ever heard.
- Revelation 12:11 really came to life this weekend in the Women’s Community.
- His name is Victory.
- Lake water in Georgia in March is freezing.
- Our girls had amazing attitudes given the conditions.
- Nothing feels better than taking down the walls you’ve built around your heart and exposing yourself to God and to others.
- Cool things happen when you’re in a canoe with someone for an hour.
- I get really envigorated when speaking to women.
- I make a lot more sense when I’m speaking from my heart than from my notes.
- Holly Kouns has a gift with pilates…”Praise Jesus, squash the devil.”
- Peeing in the woods is a lot of fun.
- I really stink at driving the mini-van.
- The prayer of a righteous (wo)man is powerful and effective. Two years of prayer for one person culminated in her salvation Saturday night.
- When we accept Christ, He gives us a new name. The past is the past. We are no longer slaves to sin.
- Satan is a liar.
- This weekend is going to be a huge turning point for our girls.