Okay maybe it should be called the three reasons we all deal with stress around women’s retreat time.
For some people, this is what actually holds you back from signing up. Here’s the thing… whether you are signed up or not… we all deal with these things and they’ve been addressed a little bit already on this blog, so here we go:
1. Fear. Or more lightly said… insecurity. You are brand new to the church or you aren’t so new to the church and yet you feel like you’re not going to know anyone or be able to connect with anyone. I can guarantee you the majority of us are dealing with a measure of fear. So here’s my encouragement… and I’m speaking this to myself too… instead of worrying about if someone will sit with us, talk with us or hang out with us… BE THAT PERSON.
Be the person who will walk up to someone you don’t know and introduce yourself and ask them something about who they are. Be the person that invites others to walk to dinner, sit at breakfast or go on a walk with. Be inviting. Be intentional.
I’m not saying get over your fear… I’m saying in spite of your fear. That my friends is called courage.
2. “It’s too hard to go. It’s too hard to leave my family. It’s too hard to take off work. It’s going to be too hard on my husband to get the kids every where they need to go. ” You know what… you are right. It WILL be hard for your husband. It will be hard to take off work, especially if you will miss out on part of your paycheck. It will be hard to get the kids every where they need to be… and you know what? Maybe, just maybe… they don’t actually need to be there (where ever that is) this weekend. Ask yourself this…What is the worst thing that could happen?
So instead of stressing ourselves out, trying to make it NOT hard… why don’t we just accept the fact it will be hard and remember God happens to bring about some serious greatness when things are hard. Maybe the fact that it’s hard… is the going to be the best thing for everyone.
3. I can’t afford it. Guess what … we take payment plans. We will work with you. We know that if you want to go, it will take a sacrifice and we are willing to meet you in that. Call us, email us, come see us after services and let us know how we can help.
We’re going to spend a great deal of our time in Colossians 3. It tells us in there to “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
This beautiful sentence comes at the end of a chapter that talks about putting off and putting on and putting certain things in our life to death so that God can make way for the renewal he is doing in our lives… all. hard. things.
Our desire this weekend IS to let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. It IS for us to know that we know… that we are part of one body. We want you to be thankful for what God is doing in your life and we want you and the people you share your life with to be thankful you came.
So let’s overcome what is hard… and let’s overcome what we are afraid of and let’s go with one another in courage.
We have a bonus session on Friday at 10:30 on new perspectives of Discipleship. We have prepared for some God exhalting worship, we have prayed for God to give us powerful words in our main sessions, we are going to equip you to revive particular areas of your life through workshops on Saturday afternoon on Reviving Your Marriage, Reviving Your Body Image and one called “I like Big Buts and I Cannot Lie.”
6 days. 10 spots left. Don’t miss out.
If you are signed up, check your email tomorrow for logistical information you will need to plan your trip.