Raised in the evangelical tradition I was more familiar with Easter than this season called "Lent." I was comfortable with somber Good Friday services, and celebratory Easter Sundays. Then I learned about Lent, and how it is a time to reflect on our longings, our losses, in a way that leads us to confession at the feet of Jesus. Sometimes getting to his feet I found I needed a little help, a gentle push to move forward. I needed someone to remind me of the love of God amidst all this grief.
From these experiences, and through gathering materials I've found helpful, we're offering this half-day Lenten retreat guide. It's filled with prayer practices, journaling prompts, and reflective invitations. It can be used individually, or with your community group. It can used on a half-day away at a museum or over a weekend up on the mountain. It was created with flexibility in mind.
It was also created to remind you how much God loves you. Using Scripture, art, and thought provoking journaling experiences this PDF guide offers you the opportunity to open your heart to God through these practices and to prepare to celebrate the hope we have in Christ Easter Sunday morning.
If this idea excites you, or feels like the last thing you want to do but you feel invited by God to do it anyway, click below to learn a bit more and view a sample page. The PDF guide is designed to be flexible in use and time, so feel free to take a half-day to yourself or a weekend away with your community group.
If you have any questions about this retreat guide, or how to best use it, feel free to contact us anytime. We'd love to hear from you.
I wasn't sure what to expect as I traveled up the mountains to the fall Hume Lake Women's Retreat. I'd never been to Hume before, and I'd never led a session for 150 people all at one time before. So I was curious to see what Jesus was up to.
He out did himself. Women's lives were touched, healed, restored, and Jesus met many of them in their life circumstances. Throughout the weekend after leading the "Art & Prayer" (optional) session, women came up to me (at times with tears in their eyes) and said, "Thank you," for doing this, showing up, following Jesus, teaching me a new way to meet with him in prayer. I was overwhelmed by their response, and seeing so quickly all that Jesus had stirred in their hearts.
And I felt so free. I simply showed up, made a safe space, and Jesus did the rest...and the rest was a lot of goodness in these women's lives.
Hume Lake was kind enough to record the session for me, so if you want to follow along using your image pack, or a favorite image of yours, you can do so by clicking here.