RETREAT Time Away With Yourself

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My sis, Laura Lea, and me

It is when we stop doing our best work that our enthusiasm wanes. We must motivate ourselves to do our very best, and by example, lead others to do their best as well.” Truett Cathy (1921-2014) founder of Chick-fil-A in 1946 and founder of the WinShape Foundation in 1984

Thanks to nearby Cedarcrest Church, Women’s Group, I had the opportunity to attend a retreat this past weekend at the beautiful WinShape Retreat Property on the mountainside of Berry College.  WinShape Retreat offers a wide and varied retreat menu, including one called “Prepare to Last”, which Leah and Walker attended with their future spouses.

My sister, Laura Lea was my roomie, so that made this time extra special! Yes, we giggled and told stories and stayed up late, just like the days of our youth.

Laura and I had the opportunity to lead the 50 participants in a time of collage art and we had so much fun creating unique and meaningful projects. We were happy to meet many new friends, including Carol, the co-founder of Cobb Street Ministries, a ministry, I hope to become more plugged into.

I do realize that not everyone can pack a bag and drive somewhere beautiful to “retreat”, so I wanted to share some ideas for how we can rest and renew right where we are.

R ecline and put your feet up, even if only for a few minutes

E at Well as often as possible

T ake a Bubble Bath

R eflect on God’s Goodness

E nthusiasm for Life~”glass half-full” approach

A udience of One~ God’s opinion is what matters

T hankful Heart~jot down what you are grateful for today

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Take joy in the simple things, like flowers.
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Bundle up and take a short walk to energize yourself.

*Not to be ministered unto but to minister to.” Martha McChesney Berry (1866-1942) founder of Berry College, Rome, Georgia

*Motto of Berry College

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some of our collage art created at the 2015 Cedarcrest Women’s Renew Retreat
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some of the collage art created at the 2015 Cedarctrest Women’s Renew Retreat

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A Promise in the Pain

I receive a daily devotion from New Life Ministries and I thought today’s was especially good. Sometimes the mountains in front of us just seem too high to climb. With Faith, Family and Friends, we can find a way to climb every mountain!CIMG0490

A Promise in the Pain

About five seconds outside the womb I think we all discover that this life isn’t easy. And it seems that the older we get the tougher it becomes. Some people have problems or are attracted to difficulties like fleas to a dog. Others make it through life with relatively little difficulty.

But most likely, you’ll face some tough times in life, and it’s not important how your challenges stack up to the challenges of others. Sometimes you might wonder if you are going to be able to make it through, and you will if you hold onto God. He’s promised to see you through.

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” – William A. Ward (1921-1994), author of Fountains of Faith

Are you weighed down? Do you feel overcome with grief or alone in your struggle?

You can choose to take steps to walk through your challenges and come through them a stronger person.

Remember, believing in God and in Jesus Christ doesn’t mean you won’t have problems. But it does mean you have resources, people, and God’s Spirit who will see you through your problems. What could be better?

– Steve Arterburn

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