Last fall I attended my first retreat with my daughter Jenna. I had been asked by a friend two years ago if I would be interested in going. I told her that I would think about it, but I didn't sign up. I had all of the typical excuses, I was just too busy. What a sad thought - too busy to spend one weekend learning more about my faith and growing closer to God. What if God was too busy for me when I needed him most? The following year I was asked again, by the same friend, and by yet another friend. I was even told they were praying for me to decide to attend. I was taken back by that statement. Why would anyone pray for me to attend a retreat? Why were they so excited about going? Why would yet another friend tell me she enjoyed going on the retreats so much that she hated to see the weekend come to an end? My curiosity was growing. I have to admit, I was really struggling in a lot of areas in my life and the deadline was quickly approaching. I felt defeated and knew deep down what God was calling me to do.
So my daughter and I decided to sign up together. I was pretty nervous about going because I really didn't know what to expect. Again, it is so hard to put into words. The way God made himself very present that weekend. We attended adoration, confession, and prayer teams were available. We participated in large and small group discussions and listened to testimonials. My nervousness quickly faded away. It was a very humbling experience, listening to others share their stories. We are not alone. We all have our struggles in life but as long as we keep our faith alive, those struggles become much easier to handle. I have always believed this, but this retreat made me more aware of God being present in all areas of my life, and showing me how HE can use all things for good. The weekend went by very quickly, and I must say, it was hard to see it come to and end! It was such an uplifting, eye opening and refreshing experience! I left with a renewed perspective, as well as new friends.
So, if you are considering signing up for the next retreat, I want to encourage you to take that leap of faith, set aside all excuses and just do it! You will not be disappointed!
I'll be praying for you!