I had an amazing time at Created for Care this past weekend. I made the trip after several weeks of feeling burnt out, exhausted and overwhelmed.
I went seeking refreshment.
Greg even sent me this note.
I am praying you will be blessed, refreshed, and energized so you can serve more effectively with greater joy!
Refreshed I was. Worshipping with friends who were very dear to me, having heartfelt conversation late into the night and in that 8 hour car ride and lots of laughter.
One of the things that I love about this group is that you can go straight into the heart of conversations. No weird awkwardness or surface talk. You introduce yourself (scream if you are meeting a bff internet friend for the first time) and then you are right in it. I love that. I needed that.
Now..some cool things. At the retreat there was something called “A Date with God” Danielle and I signed up for the 8am session.
We walked down stairs in the room and I saw this tent up with the sign “Tent of Refreshment” Yep. tears started.
We sat down and waiting for others to arrive and while the gal who was hosting this was talking about each station, I had tears flowing the whole time and we hadn’t even started yet!! A station to sit at a cross and soak up the Word, a tent to sit under and be refreshed and hear from the Lord, a huge map to lay hands on a country God called you to pray for, a wall to leave sticky note prayer requests and to stand and pray for, 2 ladies to go to for intercessory prayer, a place to draw, a place to sculpt, a place to paint.
And then-- A place to go and be prayed a blessing over and to receive a scripture. Now..as I sat on my knees, I knew the lady I was to receive a blessing from. I went to her (yes, weeping as I went) and she started to pray. Just. right. what. I. needed. She prayed I would feel His love. She prayed for the burdens I felt. She prayed that I would feel His arms and proceeded to give me a huge bear hug (yes, I was sobbing at this point)
She prayed for the child we hadn’t met yet. in earnest. WHAT?? STOP THE TAPE. I have NO IDEA what that was about. I hugged her (there’s no talking in A Date with God) picked my Scripture (rolled up paper) and our session was over.
and I was still going “WHAT??” Asked my friend who also was with her if she had that in her blessing. No. Asked others the same question. No. UNLESS they had a child waiting.
Funny thing is several weeks ago Greg told me on the phone he was ready to start again. (remember..I usually pulled him into adoption with tow rope) and I laughed and told him he was crazy.
As soon as I got back to our room I sent Greg a fb message. We decided she was nuts.
I just needed to share that here because honestly-- We are open to whatever God wants. (did I just say that? on public place?) and so if there is another child out there…I can come back and read this and see how God was working.
I then read my Scripture
For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.
4They shall spring up among the grass
like willows by flowing streams.
5This one will say, 'I am the Lord's,'
another will call on the name of Jacob,
and another will write on his hand, 'The Lord's,'
and name himself by the name of Israel."
Pouring water on a thirsty and dry ground. Yes. exactly how I felt. dry. thirsty. needing refreshing. Thanking God that He is faithful to pour that water out and bring dry bones back to life.
Some pictures from the weekend
Danielle and I took a walk in the afternoon. It was FREEZING.
Love this group. All of these women have done older child adoption and are a source of encouragement each and every day.
Hanging out with the Project HOPEFUL team.
I love this girl. Too many states between us.