Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Ladies Retreat 2005

This years ladies retreat was just this last weekend. What a refresher and rejuvinator it was. My mom and another friend came up and went with me, it was so nice to have them join in with myself and the other ladies from church. The retreat was based around
Titus 2: 1-8 (NASV)
1But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. 2Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. 3Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. 6Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; 7in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, 8sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.

The retreat was an overnighter out at Meier Lake Lodge, I think most of the ladies were up as late as 3:30am, which is hilarious when I think about it.

The accountability list was passed out to everyone but 10 more questions were added. I really like all of those questions.

There were 10 speakers, 11 speeches, with 3 crafts & a massage provided at midnight. Dinner, desert, munchies, breakfast, and lunch were all cooked and served by several men from our church. Talk about being pampered physicly and spritually. I really can't wait till next years retreat.

The speeches
1. The word of God may not be blasphemed
Mark 3:29 (NIV) - But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.
Colossians 3:8 (NKJV) - But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
2. Not given to much wine (presented by yours truly)
Galatians 5:19-21 (NASV) - Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Peter 4:3 (NKJV) - For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.
3. Malicious gossips
Ephesians 4:29-32 (NIV) - Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
James 3:5 (NIV) - Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
4. Sober/Sensible
1 Peter 4:7 (NIV) - The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
1 Peter 5:8 (NASV) - Be of sober spirit, be on the alert Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
5. Love/obey your husbands
Colossians 3:18 (NASV) - Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Ephesians 5:22-24 (NKJV) - Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
6. Love your children
Titus 2:4 (NKJV) - that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children
7. Discreet
Proverbs 2:11 (NIV) - Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
Proverbs 11:22 (NASV) - As a ring of gold in a swine's snout So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.
8. Chaste(disciplined)/pure(uncontaminated, not containing any mixture of evil)
Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV) - Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life
Hebrews 12:11 (NJKV) - Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it
9. Keepers at home
Proverbs 31:27 (NKJV) - She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.
10. Being Good
Galatians 5:22-25 (NKJV) - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Valley Church of Christ
Ladies Retreat 2005


Shana said...

I hope you have found what it takes to make you feel whole and content with life...faith comes in many sizes and shapes. For most it starts at the church door. Learning GODs word is healing to the heart and satisfies a need for man to believe there is something way more powerful than us out there. I spent many years teaching Sunday School and attending all church activities. I have not been to church in many years but I do not consider myself any less a Christian. GOD helps me chose my daily path...he walks beside me as I go...he stands by and holds my hand when I am scarred and he wipes my tears when I cry....HE has let me fall on my face...but was there to pick me up again....I have witnessed many miracles...and have held many hands as they passed their way into deaths hands....I do not know many people who have a strong faith in Religion but Most I know have a strong hold on faith.... This is not the way to heaven according to the Bible but it is the first step to realization....God Bless you and Marty and may your spiritual journey be fullfilling.

Misti said...

I am so glad that you have found the joy that so many seek and yet never find since they never fully give everything to God. I am glad that you had a wonderful time.

K said...

Thanks so much girls.

Vicki said...

I just clicked over here via Mary's blog at "I Hope You Dance" and what a delight your blog is!! Would love to return and catch up on your writings. God bless you and your faith walk with Him through Christ.

love in Christ,

FishTaxi said...

Was that the Miers Lake Lodge up on the Richardson Hwy?

Glad you had good time all the way around.

Klondike Kate said...

I always was amazed that women who were in bed at 10pm at home were still up giggleing at 4am.

And I never got a massage at a women's retreat!! Completely jealous!

K said...

Meier lake is on wasilla fish hook rd., pretty setting. One lodge right on a lake, several cabins to bunk in. Don't ask me where they got the mattresses though, the one I slept on last year felt like concrete. This year I went home to sleep in my own bed, I live 5 minutes away. I was called a cheater more than once for that, haha. I know they all secretly wished they lived downt the street too though.