Thursday, June 9, 2011


When this posts I will be on a plane headed to North Carolina for a retreat.  I sit here just hours before I leave thinking, “What in the world am I doing?”  Leaving my family, being absent on Sunday morning, flying east without seeing my extended family, spending hard earned money.... all because I couldn’t shake the idea of going!  In February, when I read only a short paragraph describing the small {75 people} twenty-four hour retreat, I immediately felt pulled and at the same time, my enduring practicality revved its engine and told me all the reasons why it would never happen~ mainly, that I wouldn’t take the jump to click on the “register now” button.  Of course, Jeff didn’t blink.  He encouraged me from the first mention.  A gift.  Truly.

Here’s the short description I read:

“Women who make with paint and cameras and music and words, with books and babies and textiles and food and all things of everyday, uncommon beauty... 

For every woman praying she will "live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might." (Colossians 1:10)

We have this in common and look forward to sharing a few hours together as sisters, encouraging each other, singing truth, reflecting on what it means to follow our Creator God into a creative life.  

How do we watch for beauty in ordinary?  How do we make music from emptiness? How do we carve space for creativity when we barely have time to brush our hair?   

Will you come and be part of the conversation?”

See why I felt the pull??  I feel it now after reading it again.  I don’t consider myself creative.  I am a great copier.  If I were of a criminal mind, I could forge just about anything and be very successful. (except decorative lamp shades- just keeping it honest)  But since I am married to a preacher, I copy things like a great menu, some furniture arrangement I saw somewhere, some wall grouping in so and so’s house or a display I saw in a store front.  So that was a hurdle I had to clear before signing up.  How am I creative?  Will they let me in?  I took expansive license in the definition of creativity and clicked on the button.] “register now”.

She will be leading worship {Buy all of her music!!} and she will be speaking {Buy her book!!} and she made the leap and is on the plane with me!

And now I am flying with expectations for Him to meet me there in a unique way.  Pray it may be so if you feel so inclined.


Summer Jones said...

You are meant to be there! Look forward to hearing all about it!

andrea said...

You are CREATIVE! How exciting! I hope the conference surpasses your expectations and I can't wait to hear about it as well.

Alyssa said...

I'm so glad you took the leap and can't wait to hear all about it!

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Shibby Shab Lu said...

It was such a great weekend and I was so pleased to meet you and LAUGH with you. Xoxo. -carrie

thejoyproject40 said...

I just loved meeting you this weekend and still can't get over you guys coming all the way from TX. Girl, you have such a beautiful story and your backseat post had me all teary eyed. I love your chapter book list and will use it this summer with my boys. Girl...I just wish we could have talked Phillip Yancey too. I love Rumors of Another World and have read it over and over. Be well... I will be back!