The fall season approaches! And with it, the Normandy Women’s Retreat!
I know what you're thinking-- “Where do I sign up?!” (Or, if you're like me, maybe not...)
Can I confess a little bit of crazy? Part of me loves being on the retreat planning team and another tiny part of me doesn’t even want to attend. But, if we can slide right past the conflicting nature of that statement maybe we can talk through some of the reasons we hesitate. So in no particular order...
6 Reasons You Might Not Attend the Normandy Women’s Retreat:
1. Chill time with your family is rare and personal time away from the family is even rarer.
This is the most exhausting phase of my life. Sleep is the most valued currency I possess, second only to alone time. So if you are asking me to spend my precious resources... it better dang well be worth it! And just so you know, we are working to make that so, but more that that, we are banking on God’s word that says when we gather together and ask Him to come, He does.
2. You are not in a great place spiritually and you worry someone will see that, judge that, or even worse... want to pray for that.
That’s ok. Really. Welcome to humanity. There is no pressure to have it all together. There is no need to pretend to be in a place you are not. Come sit by me. I’ve usually just fallen off the good Christian horse and am in a corner picking sand out of my teeth. And guess what, we may pray for you, and not because we are superheroes of the faith but because we cannot shake loose the belief that the Kingdom of God is among us and it’s worth sharing.
3. You are frustrated with the Church at large or even the church you attend personally.
I have wondered many times why God thought it best to establish the church as His means of redeeming a broken world. But He did. And maybe here together is the best place to practice the gracious and hospitable posture that God miraculously approaches us with every second of every day. Is the church perfect? Nope, but is it beautiful, God-established and worth the pursuit? Yes. Every time. One thousand times.
4. You've envisioned a room full of happy people talking about how wonderful life is and you can’t imagine how you would ever fit in in a room like that.
Let’s be honest. There will be a room and it very well may have lots of happy people in it. But maybe that’s ok? Maybe this is where we stop and recognize the wide spectrum of places in the life of a believer? Mountains, valleys, concrete jungles. What if we decided to yield to a spacious God who creatively and purposefully has us in unique landscapes and invites us to approach each other as learners and siblings, all made in God’s image and worth interacting with?
5. What is the point of a retreat in light of a broken world?
It surely is a broken world. On every level imaginable, we are broken -- physically, spiritually, emotionally, sexually, intellectually, economically, politically, locally, universally. Every cell and molecule is groaning and waiting. We don't gather to avoid the world, we gather to bring our broken selves to a Savior that feeds us, heals us, and even empowers us to make more of a difference than we ever could without Him.
6. I’ve got 99 things to spend $60 on & this retreat ain't one.
No sweat. If funds are the only thing keeping you away, we’ve got scholarships we would love to spend on you!