I am so excited for this weekend, except for the going to the mountains to sleep in a cabin part. As the wise Shawn Spencer said, " Sorry man, I'm not a fan of nature. It's slow and overrated." But it should be a lot of fun since I'll probably stick to inside for the food, messages and craft time. Amazing right? I'm all ready to go, just have a quick meeting I need to call in for work and I'm set. Does anyone pack this much when they're going to be gone for 2 nights? Or just me?
Yes, that is a big bag of tortilla chips I'm taking with me. To share, of course. Plus, two of those bags have retreat stuff in them. In my pink, roller case I packed up all my craft supplies. I'm bringing waaay too much. But I couldn't narrow down the supplies! I like having options and I want other people to as well. This will be a good first make & take on my own so I can see what people liked and didn't and be able to apply that for a future make & take.
The other "thing" I've been working on are the prayer stations for this weekend. I was asked to plan a few prayer stations for the women at the retreat and I had no idea what to do at first. So, I looked on Pinterest. I'm so thankful people share their ideas! Two of them came from Pinterest: "Praying in Color" and "Removing the (K)nots." "Praying in Color" is a really cool idea that I won't go into too much detail because you can read more about it on the creator's website here. Well, at least the woman who coined the term. :) I'm bringing paper and markers to put in the station. "Removing the (K)nots" was inspired by a poem I read. I have a couple pieces of rope for the station; the idea is to think about the (k)nots we have in our life and to pray over them, asking God to remove them.
The other two stations are "The Presence of God" and "Letting Go." These were inspired from some podcasts that Jonny listens to. "The Presence of God" requires a chair and the person in the station will visualize God with them and talk to Him as if He is sitting the chair with you. "Letting Go" requires a heavy rock (which I'm reeeeally hoping I can find when I get there) and symbolizes holding onto burdensome issues and trials when we should be letting go and giving them to God.
I'm super excited for these and I really hope that the other women at the retreat can use these stations to help their prayer lives. "Praying in Color" is what I'm most excited for; I really struggle with prayer and I think this would be a great way to use my hobby and passion to bring myself into a time with God.
Please keep our church group in prayer this weekend, that we travel to and from safely and that we can learn so much about our wonderful God! I will post either tomorrow or Sunday (if I don't have service) so you can see the set up of the prayer stations. :)
PS. I think I'll do a blog post in the future about these prayer stations for anyone who would be interested. Some time next month.