This weekend, Friday and Saturday, was the Ladies Retreat at our church. We all got on the church bus on Friday morning with our bibles and our crackers and our Skittles and Kit-Kats and Starbursts and Whopers and Sweet Tarts (seeing a trend?) and drove to NC to fellowship with a couple hundred other like-minded Christian ladies. It was a lot of fun, but a little overwhelming too. We heard painful, pain-filled testimonies and I feel like there was a sort of brutal honesty underlying most of the sessions that there will be trials, and how do we face them with Christian grace.
To be honest, I’m still trying to process and absorb a lot of it. I took a lot of notes. (And I am not a note-taker!)
We had a lot of fun and laughed until our sides hurt (seriously, things got a little crazy on that bus ride home, once we had a few mochas in us!) but here are some of the serious truths that I gleaned out of my notes…
- James 1:2 says “…count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations…” Notice that it says “when“–not “if”–and “joy“–not “grudgingly accepted.” There’s a whole sermon right there.
- Here’s another new favorite of mine…”Good enough” is the enemy of God’s best.
I’m so glad that everyone was willing to share their notes with us all. It was like we almost got to be in every session.
Here’s a few of my notes from parenting sessions…
- Raise your child in God’s image, not your own!
- If we learn from today’s experiences, we can change tomorrow’s outcomes!
- Rules without love cause rebellion, rules with love build relationships.
Another great nugget was that just telling your children “because the Bible/God says so” is the same as saying “because I said so.” It doesn’t allow them to absorb and own the lesson for themselves. You need to show them exactly how/what scripture has to say about the issue to teach them to search and apply scripture for themselves so they can own it for themselves and develop their own faith and personal relationship with the Lord.
Want some more? Oh yes, there’s more. I’ve got pages and pages of notes.
- Let trials make you better, not bitter.
- “If it’s too small to pray about, it’s too small to worry about.”Or flip that and how about “pray about it, don’t worry about it.”
- We must act on what we know, not on what we feel. God’s truth is made known to us through the Bible.
- You might not always know what to do, but you always know what is right…which actually goes along with a message that really stayed with me since last year–don’t look for the good thing to do, look for the right thing to do and it will be good.
Oh, there’s just so much to think about!
But can I just share with you part of my favorite hymn? It’s in my mind constantly right now while I digest all this. It soothes my racing mind.“Oh to grace, how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be Let thy goodness like a fetter bind my wandering heart to thee…”
How was your weekend?